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Outdoor Dining & Windbreaker Profile

As of April 2021 the Irish Government have made arrangements to supply grants of up to €4000 to facilitate the expansion of outdoor dining in Hotels, Restaurants and Cafe’s and other businesses in which food is sold. This grant is facilitated by the Local Enterprise Boards and covers the costs of outdoor seating, heating and windbreaker screens as well as much more. To learn more follow the link HERE.

Based on projections for summer 2021, outdoor dining is set to be at its highest volume yet with thousands of businesses converting their premises to allow for outdoor dining and comply with the Governments restrictions.

These restrictions have been put in place to help protect the general public while allowing Irish businesses to stay open. In the interest of public health it has been advised to social distance and provide Windbreaker screens where possible in order to protect people.

Here’s where Lightsign comes into play. We are now stocking a full range of windbreaker partition profile for the manufacture of windbreaker screens. Profiles come in 6m lengths and can be cut to sizes as required. We have also begun a full assembly service to trade only, providing windbreaker partitions fully assembled with the added option of LED lighting, helping our profile stand out from others on the market.

Windbreaker screens offer a great opportunity for brand positioning with ample space for vinyl prints with logos or advertisements. Profiles can be powder coated in any RAL colour provided offering your customers an exact match to their branding.

For more information on our profile system please follow the link HERE or drop us an email to [email protected]

RGB LED and Controllers Explained

When looking into using RGB LEDs in your next project there are some considerations and decisions you will have to make before buying. We have put together a rough list of ideas below to help you out and even a few recommendations of products that will suit. If you don’t find what you are looking for drop an email to [email protected] or use our Contact Form and we can discuss what will suit you best.

What am I trying to achieve?

It’s a simple question but a good one. Are you trying to light up an entire room with a unicorn rainbow inspired glow or are you looking for simple accents of colour to suit your mood on the day? Your answer to this question could make a big difference in the type of products you will need to look at and whether you are looking at a big or small project. Take the two different types of RGB LED that you can look at, there are RGB Ribbons or RGB Modules, both of which have their benefits but when used incorrectly will have a negative effect on your finished project.

There are also several other considerations when choosing an RGB LED, such as how many LEDs per meter do you need and what colour range can they cover? Most RGB LED kits that you can buy online are low standard products which have a minimum amount of LEDs per meter and can cause dark patches or hot spots depending on the application. These LEDs are also rarely rated for outdoor use, or in situations where moisture may be an issue, for example in the new kitchen you just fitted where taps and cooking facilities are spreading moisture around the room, which can often cause faults with the LEDs leading to failure.

Here at Lightsign we only use premium grade products for trade use such as our RGB 5050 LED Ribbon, which is IP65 rated for outdoor use or when the presence of moisture is a possibility. It also comes in a 10m roll with a total of 60 LEDs per meter, giving clear and uninterrupted colour array, which is higher than the industry standard and far outperforms the kits you may see for sale elsewhere or online. We also have the option of RGB LED Modules which provide an industrial sized application for signage companies, shop fitters, interior designers and many more. These LED modules provide high brightness and durability as well as flexibility for any and all applications.

RGBW M4 Controller
M4 RGBW Controller + Receiver

How do I control it?

This is another simple question but can be completed in several different ways. For example, do you want to be able to control the lighting with a portable remote or by a central wall mounted position? Do you need to control multiple zones at the same time or set pre-saved settings depending on the occasion, why choose one colour when you could have them all! Let your customers choose the lighting they want during a meeting or the office Christmas party and at the touch of a button its ready to go when they need it, with no complication or fuss. This is what needs to be considered when providing an RGB LED setup for a customer. 

So let’s look at the simplest solution for setting up RGB; the basic requirement is that you have a power source that can cover the power requirements of the LEDs, a receiver for the control unit and the RGB LEDs themselves. A basic control setup such as this could cost as little as €50, take the M4 RGBW Controller + Receiver for example. This Control and Receiver pack comes with everything you need to set a full spectrum of colours at an affordable price. Pair it with a suitable driver and LED and your next project will definitely stand out. If you are looking for a more detailed setup with multiple zones in different colours you might be interested in looking into a more robust system using DMX (Digital-network Communication) and a wall unit in a central control point. In situations like this you may be interested in our UX7 RGB Touch Panel and Receiver. This controller can be paired with a 4 Channel DMX Decoder to provide up to four separate lighting zones in a range of colours, which are chosen by an intuitive touch panel. It also allows for these separate zones to be saved and reused at will. If you require a pure white light as well as colour options you may look to go with an RGBW LED and the UX8 RGBW Touch Panel.

RGBW UX8 Controller
M4 RGBW Controller + Receiver

LED NEON FLEX – The Only Choice in Neon Signage!

Neon lighting has been a phenomenon since the early 1900’s when the French Engineer Georges Claude first unveiled his invention at the Paris Motor Show in 1910. From then on it has become widespread across the world as a form of signage synonymous with vintage culture. Since then, the adoption of LED lighting has become popular due to the benefits of reduced energy consumption and easier manufacturing when compared to traditional neon tubing. 

Benefits

Traditional neon tube lighting requires a high skill of glass manufacturing as well a knowledge of Neon gas or similar. This is of course where the name comes from as well as the glowing colours that it produces. These processes require a longer amount of time and greater effort compared to LED lighting. LED NEON FLEX is a slim and flexible alternative to neon tube lighting. Neon Flex has a slim and flexible PCB system allowing it to be formed into a range of different shapes to a maximum bendable angle of 150 degrees. It also requires no heating process when being used for signage like traditional tubing would.

Cost Saving

While requiring less effort to make and use, LED NEON FLEX can also save end users money too. According to hunker.com, the difference could be between 10-15 kilowatt hours of electricity saved per year, when going with the LED neon alternative over traditional neon tubing. In Ireland, that is roughly a saving of €300 per year by switching to LED (Price Compared 02/21).

Learn More

When looking for the right LED product, look no further than LED NEON FLEX. Available in 5m rolls and a range of colours; boasting high quality, perfect brightness and energy efficiency, it is the only choice when it comes to LED neon signage. To learn more about this product please click the link below or email [email protected]

Pharmacy Crosses – Origin and Purpose

Introduction

Pharmacy Crosses, we all know what they are and they are a familiar site across the world symbolising that a shop is designated as a Pharmacy but where does this symbol originate from?

History

The earliest use of symbols in pharmacies or earlier apothecaries was that of Asclepius’ staff, Asclepius being the Greek God of Medicine. His staff was iconic for the two snakes that were seen wrapped around it and has become a common symbol used even in modern medicine. In the UK the symbol is still used by the NHS and hospitals.

First Green Pharmacy Crosses

According to WellcomeCollection.org (2017), it is only in the late 20th century that the use of green crosses became popular and widespread across continental Europe, replacing the previous red crosses that were adopted by ‘The Red Cross’ in 1863. It wasn’t until the late 1980’s that the use of green Pharmacy Crosses came to the UK as a standard symbol for Pharmacies as stipulated by the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain.

LED Pharmacy Crosses

Nowadays the use of illuminated Pharmacy Crosses has become the norm as businesses compete for consumer attention on a daily basis. Before the introduction of LEDs, illumination was done by halogen bulbs which at the time may have been effective but required plenty of power to run and provided non uniform lighting.

Further Information

For any Pharmacies looking to stand out and catch consumer attention while not breaking the bank at the same time, LED Pharmacy Crosses are the only option. Take our ECO Cross Range for example, a simple LED solution providing an eye catching high brightness, matched with great build quality and packed full of animations and custom text options to personalise the cross to your business. These signs use much less power than previous signage and are even effective during day time hours.

If you are interested in learning more about any of our products or speaking to a member of our team please send an email to [email protected] and we will get back to you as soon as we can.

GE Current, a Daintree Company, Adds New Generation of Lucalox® High Pressure Sodium Lamps to Their Horticulture Range

London, UK – 15 July, 2020

GE Current, a Daintree company, announces the addition of their new Lucalox HPS lamps. Building from the previous GE Lucalox, the new range boasts a much longer lifespan, higher PAR maintenance and lower maintenance costs. All of which will contribute to increased growth and reduced costs for greenhouse growers.

Malcolm Yare, the Business Development Manager for Horticulture at GE Current had this to say,

“GE Lucalox has been trusted by greenhouse growers around the world for its high quality, long lifespan and superior photosynthetic efficiency, ever since high pressure sodium lighting was first introduced. By offering Lucalox® alongside our Arize® LED portfolio, we can ensure that growers have access to Current’s market-leading innovation, performance and reliability whether they are growing in a fully controlled environment, with 100% artificial lighting, or supplementing the sun in a glasshouse environment.”

It is still true that HPS lighting still plays a massive role in the horticulture industry worldwide, an industry that is increasingly challenged to provide higher crop outputs to keep up with the growing population globally. HPS lighting has been proven to increase growth time per day by enhancing sunlight levels throughout the day. This in turn allows greenhouse growers to extend the growing season even into the winter months.

GE Current has said that the new Lucalox lamps will be available in 600W single-ended 230V and 400W versions. The lamps are rated for a lifetime of 14,000 hours to 90% survivals and a PAR maintenance of 90% at 14,000 hours, improving on the current lifetime usage as well as providing a consistent high light output. Lucalox will enable growers to use the lamps longer, reduce maintenance and replacement costs and support sustainability over a longer term.

GE Current Lucalox lamps will be available to order in Europe from the end of September 2020. Lightsign Ltd is proud to be a GE Current distributor, providing support and guidance when deciding your horticulture needs. For more information on the Lucalox HPS lamps please click the link HERE to see the full description and spec sheet on our site. If you would like to learn more about the full range of GE Current horticulture solutions please click HERE.

Covid-19 Update – Lightsign Office Closure

Dear Customers, Due to the Government restrictions on non-essential businesses during the Covid-19 pandemic, Lightsign Ltd are working remotely where possible and with a reduced staff at our warehouse. However we will still be receiving and dispatching orders on time as normal to our customers requiring components for essential businesses at this time. Our sales […]