Thursday, August 28, 2008

Is a solar powered sign my best option? is a Master Distributor of Agile Displays

I have been receiving many call lately regarding solar powered signs. With high gas prices and the emphasis on "green", solar powered signs are seen as a great alternative. And, I can easily understand why, but here are a few facts on solar powered signs:

  1. Because of the price of solar panels, solar powered signs are still an expensive option.
  2. If you live in the northwest and the midwest of the US, the greater number of cloudy days makes solar powered energy more expensive. Meaning, larger solar panels are necessary, and larger battery banks are necessary to make sure the sign will have ample power during cloudy days. (or cloudy weeks)
  3. If you to buy a set of Agile Display solar panels and batteries, do NOT plan on trying to install them on your existing outdoor LED sign. It is not that easy, and it will likely lead to frustration.
  4. Agile Display LED sign panels use approximately 15% of the electricity of comparable outdoor LED sign panels. If an existing outdoor scrolling sign uses $400 of electricity per month, the Agile Display LED sign would cost approximately $75. It is this efficiency that allows the Agile Display's LED outdoor signs to work with the Agile Display's solar panels. Since other outdoor LED signs use much more power, the solar panels & batteries from Agile Displays would not be able to power them for very long.
Conclusion: Solar powered signs are GREAT to have, but if standard electricity is available, it is really the most cost effective option to power your sign. If you still want a solar powered sign, SignsSeen provides a full line of products from Agile Displays. Trailer mount, permanent mount, & monument style signs are all available. If you don't see what you are looking for, send us an email:

Monday, August 18, 2008

Limo Driver Sign stands up to abuse

Recently, after talking with a friend, I set the limo driver sign with handle connected on the back of my truck. We continued talking, and after we were done, I just hopped in the truck and drove off. As I was getting up to speed, I heard a sound like a pop can behind me. Once my friend stopped, I felt quite certain I knew what it was--my sign had fallen off my truck at a pretty good speed.

Of course, I was prepared for the worst. BUT, the battery operated LED sign did surprise me. It still worked fine. It did take some scrapes on the top and the handle did snap off. However, the programming (both the computer programming and the on-board programming) continue to work fine. I look forward to getting the final sample later this month. And, if it has all of the changes made I requested, it is still on schedule to be available late September-early October. I look forward to getting feedback from those lucky enough to get the first signs!!

Questions? Let me know....


Sunday, August 3, 2008

Portable Outdoor Modular LED Sign System

I had the pleasure this week of trying out a new LED outdoor module sign system. And, to let you know the results in advance, I was impressed.

The positive:
  1. It is wireless and pretty easy to program
  2. The modules hooked up very easily together. I only used two (2), but it could have been up to 4 wide.
  3. It is hard to demonstrate in this picture, but it does have a scroll mode.
  4. I am only showing the red display, but it also comes in other colors of LEDs.
  5. It is very light-weight, and can be easily moved.
The negative:
  1. It only stores 3 messages, BUT since it is so easy to program, this isn't so bad.
  2. If using outdoors, the power supply is plugged in and sealant needs to be applied where the plug is attached. It has advantages for outdoor use, but is isn't quite as flexible once this takes place.
  3. Right now, all messages can only be 7 inches high (the panel size). Coming in September, I have been told that the display will be able to span the modules and be possibly up to 28 inches tall.
All in all, even though this is VERY brief, this is a good solution to consider if you are looking at an inexpensive outdoor solution. And, if you have questions, call or email.