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Auction days stand out with illuminated signage


The catch phrase ‘Hammer Time‘ shown on an illustration denoting the auctioneer’s hammer dominates the web site of Central Car Auctions, a very successful company situated on an industrial estate on one of the UK’s busiest stretches of motorway (the M8). When you buy and sell 1,400 cars per week and you have such a large amount of potential clients passing, it makes good sense to fit a large sign to advertise auction days, and when it is dark at 4 pm during the winter, it makes sense to have it illuminated. Signs Express Glasgow were contacted by CCA and asked to


submit proposals (which included obtaining planning consent), ensuring minimum electrical consumption and very low maintenance because of the access equipment required. Because the location is exposed, the sign also had to be able to deal with the extreme winds which can exceed 100 mph.


These requests did not phase Bryan Scott at Signs Express as


he has been asked many times for such specifications. During the 17 years that Signs Express has been trading in Glasgow they have managed to keep well up to date with modern techniques and construction. This has played a major role in their success and the web site www.signsexpress.co.uk/branch/30/glasgow highlights their achievements. These are not just down to cost, service and high quality but also the fact that they know that certain products are best supplied by trusted trade suppliers who specialise. Insight Sign Systems has been such a supplier since Signs


Express was formed, so Bryan had no hesitation in choosing Insight for this project. The product chosen was Spectra Speedflex 2 Integral, which had just been modified to offer increased tensioning and spring-loaded cover plates to access the tensioning area, eliminating any external fixings and, as most sign people will know, fixings get left out or dropped and are very fiddly when you are working in cold, windy conditions.


Illumination was the next consideration and as the planning


authorities had specified a maximum lumens output, some accurate calculations had to be produced coupled with the client’s request for the lowest consumption possible. This meant fluorescents were out of the equation and it was decided to use nine rows of Lumirescent Bright LED strips in the 7,000 x 2,250 mm case. This conformed with planning and consumed 50% less electricity than fluorescent lamps. Insight provided further peace of mind to Signs Express in the form of results of a three year test conducted on site by Insight where Lumirescent performed in external conditions without any problems at all. The project was completed to the client’s complete satisfaction and the stage by stage photo’s tell the rest of the story. For further information telephone Insight Sign Systems on 44 (0)141 774 5990 or visit www.insightsignsystems.com


46 Sign Update ISSUE 135 MARCH/APRIL 2012


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