Electric Signage Issues

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Electric signs are a great tool for catching the attention of passersby. Their lighting makes the sign easy to see. However, the lighting can also bring about some problems when it isn’t working properly. Here are three types of electric signs and common issues they can experience:

Fluorescent Signs

Fluorescent lighted sign issues usually have to do with it not lighting up properly. It could be not fully lit, flickering, or completely unlit. Fluorescent lights have a lifespan of about 12,000 hours or approximately three years. Eventually they will start to show signs of aging by not lighting up properly. Regular sign maintenance can catch these issues and get the bulbs replaced when necessary.

Neon Signs

Neon signs aren’t too common anymore, but there are still some in use. The neon in the sign could be burned out or broken if the sign flickers and then goes out after being turned on. If half of the sign is working, but the other part is dim or out, the gas might need to be repumped or the tube replaced. Many businesses are replacing neon signs with new LED signs.

LED Signs

LED lighting has an extremely long lifespan. They rarely have issues like an individual or string of LEDs going out. However, sometimes the power supply can fail and need repairs. While it might cost more upfront, LED lighted signage has fewer issues and lasts much longer than the other two options.

When electric signage starts failing, it can impact the business and their image to the public. People might assume the business is closed, or doesn’t take good care of its property.

Along with creating electric signage, Infinity Signs NW offers sign maintenance, repairs, and cleaning to keep signage looking is best. If any issues arise with lighted signage, give us a call to get it fixed right away.

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Benefits of Investing in a Pylon Sign

Business Signs

In large shopping centers or business complexes with multiple businesses and stores, trying to fit signage in for each business on the property can be difficult. That’s where pylon signs come in. These large, easily visible signs can clearly advertise several businesses at once.

Here are some of the benefits of installing a pylon sign:

Visibility

Pylon signs are generally installed up quite high and are large enough for passersby to see them from a distance. This can draw in potential customers. Pylon signs can also be illuminated for better visibility at night.

Cost-Effective

It’s much easier and less expensive to create one large sign that can advertise multiple businesses than to create multiple signs around the property. This benefits the businesses who occupy the shopping center or business complex by keeping their costs lower.

Customizable

Almost every aspect of pylon signs can be customized, such as height, style, and size. Let each business choose their own colors and logos on their section of the sign or make it uniform in font and color for a more formal look.

Minimal Maintenance

Pylon signs need very little maintenance to stay clean. Also, any maintenance needed can be performed by the staff at Infinity Signs NW, taking the burden away from the business complex.

Landmark Status

Because pylon signs are quite large in nature, they can become an unofficial landmark within the city. People will use it as a reference when giving directions or referencing a store within it.

While some could argue that pylon signs are too common to be unique or draw attention, it’s actually the opposite. So many complexes invest in them because they work well. Their visibility and cost-effective nature make them a popular and effective type of signage around Boise and throughout the Treasure Valley.

Talk to Infinity Signs NW about investing in a pylon sign for a shopping center or business complex to learn the benefits firsthand.

 

5 Ways to Safely Secure Banners

Secure Banners

Banners can be used for many applications both inside and outside of a building.

Here are some of the most common methods for safely securing banners in different environments:

  1. Suction Cups

If the banner needs to be positioned over glass, suction cups are an excellent way to hold it in place without making permanent changes to the building. They are a quick and inexpensive way to suspend lightweight banners. Suction cups are gentle on surfaces and are easy to move if necessary.

  1. Zip Ties

For construction projects with fencing, zip ties allow the banner to attach to the fence securely. Zip ties have a strong hold, which can protect the banner from flying away during windy weather. If the banner is larger, multiple grommets and zip ties might be needed to keep it in place.

  1. Velcro

Often at trade shows a banner needs to attach to a fabric-covered table. Velcro brand hooks and loops can stick to many fabric surfaces and provide a simple solution for this situation.

  1. String

When weather isn’t a concern or the banner will be placed inside, using a heavy-duty string will work just fine. Simply thread the heavy-duty string or thin roping through the grommets and tie it to an appropriate support.

  1. Bungee Cords

In areas with high winds, bungee cords can be used to securely fasten the banner while allowing it the flexibility to move with the wind. Since bungee cords have some give, while banners do not, putting the extra tension on the bungee cord instead of the banner will help prevent the banner from tearing.

No matter how your banner needs to be secured, Infinity Signs NW can accommodate it during the design process. Learn more about applications for banners and see Infinity Signs NW’s previous work on our website or give us a call at 208.473.2913 to get started on your next business banner.

Seasonal Vinyl Window Graphics

Vinyl window graphics have many advertising uses, but one that is often overlooked is during holiday sales. As the calendar heads into October, now is the time to start working on holiday advertising plans. Window graphics can be used for this in a variety of ways:

  1. Holiday Hours

Many stores change their hours during the holidays, but go back to regular hours right after. A window graphic is a quick and easy way to inform customers of the changing hours that can be taken down after the holidays are over. What better way to inform customers of changing hours than to put it directly on the building?

  1. Sales Promotions

Let everyone know about an upcoming or current sale or special deal with a window graphic. Most businesses have sales or specials during the holidays or close to the end of the year. Temporary window graphics can attract attention to these promotions. When installed early enough, they can entice both early bird shoppers and procrastinators.

  1. Holiday Graphics

A festive environment is likely to make customers and clients happier during the holiday season. Happy customers and clients are likely to spend more money. These festive graphics can also boost employee morale. Work with the team at Infinity Signs NW to create beautiful graphics celebrating any holiday this season.

Open window space is begging to be used for marketing purposes, especially during the holidays. Take advantage of this space to bring in new customers, inform current customers, and welcome the changing seasons.

Vinyl window graphics are a snap for Infinity Signs NW to install, and even easier to take down once the promotional is over. Visit the  Infinity Signs NW website to learn more about using vinyl graphics for advertising and see some of the pervious graphics that have been created.

Designing and Using Political Yard Signs

Yard Signs

As election season draws near, political yard signs will be popping up in favor of the candidates in the running. To have a successful yard sign, it needs to conform to design rules and be used strategically. Here are some tips to keep in mind while designing a political yard sign:

  • Size

The larger the sign, the easier it is to see and read, but its size will depend on where it is being placed. Consider having multiple sizes for different areas. Larger signs can be placed on busier streets, while smaller signs can be scattered throughout neighborhoods.

  • Font

Like fonts on almost all signage, it should be legible and large enough to read. Stay away from fancy fonts with lots of extras. The letters on the sign should never be smaller than 3 inches. The larger it can be, the better it is for visibility.

  • Color and Images

Bold colors can make a sign stand out, but remember to keep a contrast between the background and text. Having a headshot on the sign can be an easy way to stand out and help with recognition at the polls.

Even a sign following these tips won’t get noticed without a strategy in place. Advertising should be a deliberate, structured plan to reach the audience. Here are some tactics to get the most out of a political sign campaign:

  • Voting Area Map

Using this map, which can usually be found online, gives the candidate and their team an idea of where signs should be placed for the best visibility. Find busy intersections and areas that voters in the area are likely to pass on a daily basis.

  • Learn the Rules

Knowing the rules of the city or county is beneficial. Some have rules about how close to the road a sign can be located. If passing them out to voters, be aware of HOA’s having possible rules or limitations as well.

  • Change it Up

Seeing the same sign every day will get boring. Consider having a few different designs, and switching them out throughout the campaign. This will garner more attention from passersby.

For help designing and creating political yard signs contact Infinity Signs NW. We have experience creating many types of yard signs.

 

Questions to Ask About Signage

Business Signage

Investing in signage is a crucial step in opening a business. However, before jumping in and buying a custom outdoor business sign, business owners must ask a few questions:

  1. What are the codes and criteria for the space?

When putting up signage, city codes and the landlord’s criteria must be followed. There are likely to be rules about the type of sign, how large it can be, illumination, installation, and more. Knowing these guidelines beforehand will make the entire process easier and can prevent costly corrections later.

  1. What is the time-frame?

Infinity Signs NW can work with businesses to produce a sign within a specified time frame and within the budget. Depending on the type of signage, days or weeks may be required to prepare the sign, so be sure to contact Infinity Signs NW early in your planning process to allow plenty of time. A sign is important in getting customers to notice a new business so you will want the sign in place before the grand opening.

  1. How do I maintain the sign?

Knowing what it takes to keep the sign looking its best can be a factor in the type of sign chosen. After creating and installing the sign, Infinity Signs NW will also clean and service the sign if business owners choose that option. Having professional sign maintenance makes it easier for business owners and they can be confident their sign will stay in good condition.

These are just a few of the questions business owners should ask before and during the sign making process. The team at Infinity Signs NW can guide new business owners through the questions and any other sign concerns.

No matter the budget and criteria, Infinity Signs NW can assist businesses in creating and installing the perfect custom sign to get them noticed in the Boise area business community. Contact Infinity Signs NW today to get started on your business signs.

 

Removing Vinyl Window Graphics

Vinyl Graphics

Has your vinyl window graphic’s life come to an end? When it comes time to remove the design, the graphic could be a bit stubborn, which is a testament to how well it was installed. Follow these tips to make the process as easy and quick as possible:

Gather Tools

Lifting up the edges will likely require some tools. Find a plastic razor blade or something similar to help with the process. After it’s off, there might be some adhesive residue on the window. Purchase a cleaner that is formulated for tackling adhesive residue.

Loosen the Graphic

If the vinyl has been on the window for a long time, it can be brittle and could come off in small pieces. Use a heat gun or hair dryer to loosen its grip from the window. This will make the vinyl graphic more pliable and easier to remove in larger pieces.

Peel and Scrape

Once loosened, use the plastic razor blade to lift up the edges and begin peeling the graphic off of the window. Once this is started, it should be easy to peel it completely off.

Remove Residue

Use the residue cleaner to get as much of the adhesive off as possible. It might take some time and elbow grease, but eventually all of the residue will come off.

Clean the Window

After all that work, there’s likely to be some smudges and fingerprints. Use a window cleaning solution to get rid of any remaining smudges. Now it’s ready for another window graphic to be applied!

Not all business owners have the time or patience to remove a window graphic themselves, or they might be worried about damaging the window. In that case, call the sign experts at Infinity Signs NW. We know all the tips and tricks when it comes to applying and removing vinyl window graphics.