Wednesday, July 25, 2007

New Neo-Link Products Arrive at SignsSeen


I received my sample of Neo-Link products last week, and I am very impressed. I put them to the test, and this is what I found.
  • I like the option of 3 colors-pink, green, and blue.
  • They can be mixed and matched in any combination of colors.
  • Besides numbers and letters, the Neo-Link system offers percent signs, "blank spaces", periods, and a variety of other symbols.
  • The created sign can sit on a counter, or hang on a wall.
  • The sign can be created for interior or window display.
  • The created sign can be used for home (What a unique gift!), shops, restaurants, cafes, bars, parties, exhibitions, dorms, and any indoor area.
  • Although I don't have final pricing yet, the numbers I have heard are very reasonable for the purchase of a typical created sign.

The negatives I found:

  • Connecting the individual Neo-Link letters was a little difficult. Some of the Neo-Link letters popped right into place, and some of the letters were a little challenging. Due to the construction of the individual Neo-Link letters, connecting one letter to the next letter involves a "sliding" together of the two pieces. It takes a little practice.
  • Once the first piece is hooked up to power, the final piece can cause a small shock. It is recommended that the whole sign be assembled before attaching the Neo-Link power supply.
  • Each individual Neo-Link has to pass power to the next piece. When connecting one Neo-Link letter to the next letter, one must be careful with the "power-passing" metal corner. It can scrape the skin slightly if you are not careful.

The positives I found:

  • I really like the colors.
  • There are other changeable sign letter systems that I have tried. This is an attractive system that gives a good "bang" for the buck.
  • This is a durable system.
  • I love the look of neon, and this system delivers a real nice look.

I look forward to any questions any of you may have on this system. Look for more information on this system on either http://www.signsseen.com/ or http://www.changeablesignletters.com/.

Thanks for reading,

Andy

signseen@gmail.com

Thursday, July 5, 2007

What kind of battery powered LED signs are available?

I wish this could be a longer posts, but there are fewer answers than I would like.

  • Solar Powered LED signs: These signs are larger and outdoor. They won't meet the needs of everyone, but for the right application, they are perfect.
  • Cigarette lighter adaptor: There are a few of these out there. Often they are attached with double-stick tape to the rear window. The programming takes place from the driver area.
  • LED Signs directly wired to battery: For the commercial market, I have mostly seen LED License plates. They are wired directly into the battery, and they are controlled by a little remote.
  • Battery Powered LED Signs: There are a few in this category, but they all have their problems:
  1. LED Digital Name Tag: I have a previous post on these. However, they are great if used as a name tag. Otherwise, the print is to small. The on-board programming is a little tough (computer programming also available)
  2. "Limo Driver Sign": This sign does a pretty good job. It is computer and on-board programmable. The battery-life is 8 hours, and it is not to bulky. The biggest negative is the sign can probably not be seen for much over 100 feet.
  3. Battery/Electric powered on a stand: The sign I am thinking of is the TE349. It is available many places on the net. It is only on-board programming. The letters are pretty big, and the ability to run off of electric power are also good. The biggest negative is when a battery powered sign is required, the 2+ feet of length makes this sign a little bulky.
  4. LED Desktop/POP display: Not in all cases, but in many cases my customers were VERY disappointed with the size of the letters on this sign. I put the caveat on my website, and I don't push these to hard. BUT, I do get requests for battery powered LEDs, and I feel obligated to mention this one.

If anyone has come across other battery powered LED signs, please let me know. I would love to make them available to my customers. And, I also accept any other questions/inquiries.

Andy (andy@signsseen.com)

www.signsseen.com