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To function their best, these transformers need their electrical circuit to have a grounding conductor. All modern buildings have them. These transformers also require a dedicated common wire so that other devices, like a refrigerator turning “on”, on the same wire circuit does not turn your GFI transformers “off.” If your building is not wired properly you will want to have it corrected, so that your sign will work reliably.
Signs Manufacturing™ uses "France" standard neon transformers because unlike ALL other transformers these U.S. manufactured transformers contain a "Smart" microprocessor that automatically tries to reset the ground-fault before shutting down the transformer. If the fault was only momentary, the transformer will remain "on," illuminating your sign. These transformers also automatically reset when their power is turned off and then back on. They offer our customers the greatest opportunity to avoid service calls.
Our newly-developed energy-saving in-series transformers also contain “Smart” microprocessors. The related costs of the two different types of transformers with neon lighting, as well as LED lighting, is explained under our "Energy Savings" tab under our "Lighting Choices" tab.
Each neon transformer is warranted for two years from its manufacturing date.
Translux high-voltage silicone-insulated wire will be used during neon installation, even though it is four times more expensive than some neon wire, to insure against transformer “nuisance tripping”, arcing, fires, and potential service calls caused by neon transformer outputs as high as 15,000 volts.
LED's are very sensitive to voltage. The power supplies we use to power LED's provide internal overvoltage, low voltage, spike and brownout protection for the sign. Many manufacturers do not.
Our illuminated signs are manufactured and installed to Underwriter's Laboratory, National Electrical Code (National Fire Protection Association), and City Code standards using UL components.
If a raceway is incorporated into the sign, glass neon electrode housings are employed to increase reliability and improve the appearance of the sign.
Optional Electrical Surge and Lightning Protection
Electrical surges on a sign’s incoming power supply, and lightning strikes, are not covered by any manufacturer’s warranty, and they are common in Texas.
As technology has moved us from the use of electrical components such as core-and-coil ballasts to electronic components, primarily to reduce power consumption, the susceptibility of a sign to damage from electrical power surges or lightning strikes has increased dramatically. Old-style electrical components are simply no longer available in most cases.
Signs Manufacturing™ offers surge and lightning Zap Protection™, at a reasonable additional cost, adding components to signs to lower the potential for damage from an occurrence.
150 VRMS clamping volts for ground, 310 VRMS for line. Maximum surge current 100,000 amps, 0-400 Hz, UL Listed.
Please stop by and see all of these products displayed in our unique Sign Lighting Laboratory and Display Showroom.
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