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Illuminating His First Amendment Rights With A Programmable LED Sign

In Land O’ Lakes, Florida, a man named Jeff Griffin is in hot water after he parked a portable message board with three-second LED bursts. Much like a professionally done programmable LED sign, his LED sign showed his personal preferences for the upcoming election campaign. The sign is parked in front of Fairhaven Farm and is visible to travelers on State Road 52. Griffin, a business owner, ranch manager, family man and a Republican activist, explained that he had hoped the medium would be the message. The improvised programmable LED sign is a sample of what he and an engineer with LED manufacturing experience (the same one who made the now controversial LED sign) plan to create and eventually sell. Of course, his political preferences are just icing on top a contentious cake.
Now, Griffin is looking for a lawyer who is willing to advance his arguments—he claims the county is trampling on his First Amendment Rights. As it is, Pasco County has adopted a sign ordinance in 2002. The ordin…

Programmable LED Sign Eyed To Bring Advertising Dollars To Local High School

In our previous blogs, we shared with you stories on how a programmable LED sign can affect the dynamics of a community and even how it can affect the way we communicate while on the road.
A local high school in Nebraska is looking at bringing in local advertising dollars courtesy of a proposed programmable LED sign. York High School is entertaining a proposal from businessman George Darlington who represents a company, which provides LED signs for use in athletic venues such as school gyms. The proposed LED sign will be used as an avenue to sell ads to local sponsors for $700 to $800 with a part of the proceeds to be funneled in to support school activities.
According to the school’s Activities Director and Assistant Principal Jerry Dunn, the proposal seems “safe” for the school and it presents a “good opportunity.” He noted that while it will essentially become an advertising space situated within the school’s gym, the role of the programmable LED sign “would be minimal at best.”

Programmable LED Sign Gets Board Approval

Programmable LED signs do have a way of attracting attention—even the unwanted kind.

In Gurnee, Illinois, officials have finally agreed to allow the Warren Township High School to erect programmable LED signs at the entrance of the O’Plaine campus with messages changing at a 15-minute interval. The LED sign was a gift from a recent batch of alumni.

In October, the village board rejected the school’s request to put up the programmable LED sign primarily because of the distraction it posed to drivers. The fact that the 11-square-feet LED sign could be a nighttime nuisance to neighbors was also considered. The decision came after a stalemate in which board members could not agree on the length of time between changing messages. The original request had been for 10 minutes but several board members at the earlier meeting wanted 15 minutes.

The programmable LED sign in question has the ability to flash up to five varying messages in two lines of copy for a length of five seconds to 99 minutes…

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Real Life LED Stories: Graphics-less Programmable LED Signs?

One of the main selling points of programmable LED signs is that you can post both text and graphics with minimal effort on your end. However, in St. Petersburg, Florida, an ordinance says that programmable LED signs can only have text, not graphics.
According to the report from ABC Action News, the owner of Northeast Animal Hospital, Dr. Mark Scribano, spent about $40,000 to put up his programmable LED sign for advertising purposes. The LED display used to show a kitty and a dog in need of dental work. Now, the LED sign only has text. It was earlier approved by the City of St. Petersburg but a new city ordinance declared graphics on programmable LED signs are not allowed because they are “distracting.” Non-compliance merits a fine.
Other affected business owners are also standing up against the ordinance. Pam Levitt had her programmable LED sign approved two years ago and she is not ready to turn off her $52,000 digital sign. A council member has expressed concerns that “St. Petersburg…

Programmable LED Signs For Your Car?

We’ve told you about the various uses and benefits of programmable LED signs—how you can use it to improve communication systems in schools, for businesses and even in churches. But have you ever thought of how a programmable LED sign might be useful for your car?
In Australia, a man named Gagandeep Singh has. He has found another way to communicate with other drivers while on the road. Instead of multiple car horns or rude hand gestures, he developed a new rear window LED system that “offers feedback to bad drivers” such as those who like to tailgate.
Singh’s very own programmable LED sign is home made out of LED lights and has pre-programmed messages such as “Driving slow!”, “Keep distance!” and “Keep right!” The LEDs (or light emitting diodes when spelled out) are spaced at 2cm intervals covering the entire rear window of his Volkswagen Polo. The space is just enough for short, two-word scrolling messages. Now for safety driving advocates, Singh says it doesn’t get in the way of his…

Best Places for a Programmable LED Sign

Top quality LED signs don’t come cheap, but you will notice that more and more of these digital outdoor advertising tools are popping up. That’s because a programmable LED sign is an effective advertising and marketing tool that gives instant results. In comparison to more traditional forms of advertising, LED signs have also proven to be more cost-effective in the long run as it is easier to maintain and is more durable.

Of course, purchasing a LED sign is just the beginning of the process. The next important step is to place the sign in an area where it will be most visible to the largest number of people. A programmable LED sign, no matter how vivid the colors are or how complex the animation is, will be useless in the wrong location.

As a leading supplier of these digital signs, Affordable LED shares quality tips on the best places for putting up a programmable LED sign.

1. Do not place your LED signs and digital displays on the upper part of a tall building. The higher they are from…

Local Business Spotlight: Small Business Café Portofino Witnesses Increase in Sales Through Programmable LED Signs

Many business establishments, especially local and small businesses, take advantage of programmable LED signs to boost their sales. This is because programmable LED signs help drive traffic towards an establishment, in this case, a quaint restaurant located in Hiawassee, Georgia.

Café Portofino owner Ken Merritt has noticed an increase in its sales as people immediately began to flock the restaurant, especially during Fridays and Saturday nights. The primary reason Merritt opted for programmable LED signs is because the location is somewhat hidden, nestled somewhere in Dogwood Lane as one drives by Highway 76. The location is itself a challenge, which is why Merritt turned to non-traditional advertising tools to boost his café’s sales and visibility.

Now that the restaurant displays its products, events, and new menu items through the use of programmable LED signs and illuminated LED displays, people instantly recognized Café Portofino, even from a distance. Those driving by Highway 7…

Programmable LED Signs for Your Business

LED signs come in different technologies. Nowadays, businesses prefer to invest in programmable LED signs because they can be easily operated and programmed to perform a variety of functions and display a number of messages without being manually operated all the time. This way, establishment owners can devote more time to other aspects of their business. Programmable LED signs are manufactured in three basic types. Choosing the right type for your business is crucial for its success in bringing more customers and increased foot traffic in general.

Here are the basic types of programmable LED signs manufactured by LED manufacturers nowadays.

1. Indoor programmable LED signs – Programmable LED signs manufactured for indoor use are not as bright as those displayed outdoors or semi-outdoors. Indoor programmable LED signs are what you call a “matrix” display and are readable when displayed indoors. Because they are meant to be displayed indoors, indoor programmable LED signs are not as we…

The Benefits of Investing in Programmable LED Signs

Programmable LED signs serve a number of functions, the chief purpose of which is to advertise. While some establishments and small business owners display programmable LED signs on their windows, major advertisers and even malls, nowadays, use digital signage to promote other business establishments located in the area. Other entrepreneurs also take advantage of programmable LED signs by buying space in major traffic locations.

Programmable LED signs start at relatively low prices, especially if purchased from reputable LED sign manufacturers who offer discount and wholesale prices. This is one reason why small businesses invest in programmable LED signs. Managing programmable LED signs are also inexpensive, especially if you use it in the long run. This is because programmable LED signs are flexible, which means that they can be programmed to operate only for a certain time and messages can be modified at will. Additionally, programmable LED signs offer a number of animations. Owner…

Back to Basics: More LED Sign Vocabularies

By this time, readers are already aware of what LED stands for. LED, or light emitting diode, is the main source of light for LED signs, a marketing tool that is said it to be the future of advertising. There are many factors in LED signs that operators and owners need to know. Additionally, these elements will largely determine what should be displayed in an establishment. Here are some of the most common terms you will encounter should you purchase a LED sign or already own one.

1. Degradation – Degradation is when a LED sign begins to lose 20% of its brightness, which often occurs during the first 2 to 3 months of usage, or a total of 2000 hours of use. A LED diode’s degradation after that slows down, so slow that it is unnoticeable to the human eye, and eventually dies after 100,000 hours of operation.

2. LED Diode Density – The density of LED diodes reflects the general performance of a LED sign. Generally speaking, the more LED diodes per unit area, the brighter a LED sign will op…

Tips on Finding Cheap LED Sign Deals

You’ve seen them everywhere. Whether it’s at your favorite coffee shop, along the road, in front of the church or the school—LED signs are everywhere. It is the latest in digital outdoor advertising and for good reason. It is relatively more eco-friendly, it’s effective, it’s durable, and it’s cost efficient. However, even with the proliferation of LED sign manufacturers both online and offline, finding a good and cheap LED sign deal can still be a tricky process. Here are some simple tips to make every penny count when it comes to purchasing your own LED sign for your business.

1. Decide on your desired specification. Installing a LED sign is not as easy as just buying one and hanging it outside your store. You have to know how big you want it to be and where you want it placed. Keep in mind some key factors when making this decision. Outdoor LED signs have to be brighter to compensate for ambient lighting from the sun. When it comes to color, you have several options. You can have it…

LED Sign Projects: Building a Large LED Sign

Earlier in this blog, we taught you how to produce your own LED sign with six simple steps. While that activity centered on creating small to medium-sized LED signs for your business, this time we offer you a larger DIY LED sign project – creating a large LED sign . Large LED signs are guaranteed to help attract potential customers’ attention or simply give your business added exposure. This may be moderately challenging but here are the steps to making your own large LED sign.

1. Prepare the following materials:
a. Poster board
b. Hole punch
c. Scissors
d. Craft knife
e. LED light bulbs
f. 22-gauge wire
g. Switch
h. 4 AA Batteries and holder
i. Wire cutters
j. Soldering iron and solder
k. Glue
l. Pencil

2. On a sheet of a poster board, draw out the shape of your large sign. Use illustrations, lettering, and art. Define the areas that will be lit by the LED light bulbs and then cut the sign’s borders out from the poster board.
3. Using small circles, draw the areas inside the shapes and lettering th…