Archive for March, 2010

LED illuminated Signs, the Golden Rules

Lighting is important to any sign to increase its significance and impact. Therefore the lighting methods used should form part of the initial consideration and design of the sign. This of course impacts the budget, but any customer will find that it will be money well spent in the long term.

Traditionally signs have been illuminated through a number of different methods such as neon, fluorescent tubes and external lighting. In the last 5 years however there has been a new kid on the scene in the form of LED illumination. Below is a prime example of LED illuminated letters.

So what is the impact of LED lighting? Firstly, because the modules are so small these can be fitted into smaller letters and shapes than is possible from neon and fluorescents. There is also the capability to have different levels of lighting available such as brightness and fit adaptors which allows the variance of light and colour to change in order to grab attention, such as can be seen in the video below.

At the moment LED’s are a similar price to neon but they are coming down in price all the time. As with anything there are good LED’s and bad LED’s. It is therefore a good idea to know what brand of LED’s are being used in your illuminated sign and what guarantees they have, most reputable LED’s will have a guarantee of the number of hours they will last. Below is an example of poor LED’s.

Graffiti Design uses Sloane LED’s which are very reliable and guarantee 12k hours which is approximately 12 years before they will need to be replaced. The other benefit of LED’s is that they are easily replaceable when they do expire and if one brakes then you will not notice as there are so many.

Another benefit of LED’s is that they are more environmentally friendly; they use a lot less electricity than neon and fluorescent lighting and will pay back over fluorescent lighting within an average of 3 years. One final pitfall to avoid is spotting of LED’s, we overcome this by using diffusers to spread the light.

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New Corporate signs for Sovereign House

Sovereign House in Brighton is one of the premium office spaces in central Brighton. Church street right next to the Royal Pavilion, you would think it would be easy to spot, but it wasn’t the easiest place to find.

When managing agents HO2 came to us with the brief that they wanted some corporate signage to help the building stand out we were keen to help. We worked closely with the HO2 management team to understand exactly what it was they were trying to achieve and from there we developed several design which we presented to them.

The winning design was chosen as 3D letters made from mirror polished stainless steel with electric blue Sloane LEDs fitted inside the letters to give a fantastic halo illumination effect. These letters where fitted to a mild steel curved frame with aluminium panels. The manufacture of this sign had to be very precise as the exterior of the building was curved with many different angles.

We fitted the sign in February and it took 2 hours in total. The effect can be seen from the photos and is stunning; our client is very pleased with the finished effect and believes it will increase the profile of the building along with the businesses which operate within it.

There are more examples of corporate signs and business signs on our website, if this article was of interest or you have any questions then feel free to get in contact with us or leave a comment.

Havering Museum signs get a refresh

One area which is definitely growing for Graffiti is the Museum and Heritage sector. Last week we installed the Heritage signage for the new Havering Museum.

What was the brief?
The project was HLF funded and linked to English Heritage, and it was opened by the mayor of Romford on 24th Feb. We were initially set a 16 week delivery but due to planning complications we had to complete in 10 weeks. The designs were created by David McCabe design who we have worked with on previous projects such as the renovation of Lewes Castle.

What was the signage?
We provided security grills to the 11 windows at the front of the old Romford Brewery which has been rebranded as Havering Museum. The grills consisted of hand forged steel frames and decorative cross bars, which then had brushed stainless steel text and logos applied to them. The logos were intricate leaf patterns with the grains running in the direction of the leaves to provide a 3d effect.

What did the client think?
We had the below response from Lauren Taylor at the London Borough of Havering:

“just to say thank you for getting the majority of the window grilles up at the museum before the opening event on Wednesday. They look fantastic and we had very positive feedback from everyone”

What did it look like?
See for yourself…

Stainless steel letters