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Raceways are (usually) 8” tall by 8” deep boxes running the length of a sign, behind the channel letters.
This box contains all of the electrical components powering the sign, so that the raceway can be fastened to the outside of the building, and only one power hole needs to be drilled through the wall. (If the letters are mounted directly to the wall each letter requires two (2) 1” diameter holes be drilled through the wall, and all of the electrical components install behind the wall.)
The best raceways are manufactured of aluminum, with a structural steel inner frame which is primed, before the aluminum skins are installed, to keep it from rusting.
Raceways are usually painted to closely match the wall color.
The best raceways incorporate glass neon electrode connectors, making the sign much more reliable.
A raceway should include a disconnect switch to help you comply with your city's electrical code.
Wireways are 2” deep by 12” tall (usually) aluminum boxes which contain all of the wiring except the transformers (which mount behind the wall.) Wireways are usually incorporated behind backplates and required by the landlord. They are not deep enough to incorporate glass neon electrode housings.
The use of raceways is usually dictated by a landlord also, or by a lack of access behind the wall where a sign is to be installed.
Both are easier to move at a later date.
Notice the raceways between the letters and the wall in the installation on the right.
For an even more appealing sign learn about "Backlights" by clicking on the tab to the left."I almost made a huge mistake by not listening to you and visiting your showroom prior to buying my sign. I thought I knew what I wanted, after listening to so many salespeople...boy, was I wrong. My vision of the sign did not jibe with what it would really turn out to be, even after viewing so many drawings. It was obvious the moment I entered the showroom. If I had stuck to my guns my sign would have been a disaster. I would have wasted a lot of money."
Cecil Drake, Drake Communications
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Demonstration Showroom with LED Video Displays
Unique in the entire sign industry, Signs Manufacturing™ built an 85’ by 50’ (over 4,000 sq ft) indoor sign lighting laboratory for testing the longevity, visibility, and effectiveness of all the lighted signs we manufacture.
The Laboratory is open to the public, for FREE, adding an LED Video Display Showroom because we realized how important one would be to consumers.
If you are considering purchasing an LED Video Display or Digital LED Message Center sign this exclusive opportunity will be particularly important. You must determine what type of sign, and which LED spacing is best, so that your sign will be successful, considering how you will use it.
are always available for you to compare.
We invite you to also observe all other types of signage, viewing them up close as well as from a distance, under varying light conditions (and stay out of the weather while doing so!)
Will your Sodium Vapor or Metal Halide parking lot lights affect the colors of your sign at night? How visible will your pylon sign’s border neon be during the day? Should you consider PinLights™, LetterLites™, SpectraLites™, or Trembler™ signs? Brighter Signs™ neon or Solarbrite™ LED lighting for channel letter signs? Fluorescent or HID lighting for your monument sign? Do Daylight or Cool White fluorescents make your sign’s colors look best? What are the differences between a flex-faced, a Lexan™, and an acrylic-faced sign cabinet?
How will shadows affect my sign's readability during the day? Should the wall behind my sign be light or dark colored? Would a different type of sign look better on my brick wall? Should I consider a routed sign face with push-through letters?
Don't buy a sign from a drawing when you can actually see and compare real signs.
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Your business will be better because you do.
If you don't visit it could cost you thousands in sales every year.
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"I almost made a huge mistake by not listening to you and visiting your showroom prior to buying my sign. I thought I knew what I wanted, after listening to so many salespeople...boy, was I wrong. My vision of the sign did not jibe with what it would really turn out to be, even after viewing so many drawings. It was obvious the moment I entered the showroom. If I had stuck to my guns my sign would have been a disaster. I would have wasted a lot of money."
Cecil Drake, Drake Communications
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