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 or

Thanks for reading,


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 (