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Is it time your electric sign needs a clock?

Posted by Frank Murch | Aug 4, 2016 10:00:00 AM

Do you have an electric sign? Do you need a Timer or Photo Cell? Don’t get tense with a wound up clock.

Photocells turn on when it is dark and off when light – This is great to adjust for different times of the year, or dark days in the winter. Where a photo cell fails is when you want the sign off late at night or early in the morning. It also fails if you want to run the sign less than everyday – like skipping Sundays, Christmas or other days

Service-electric_timer.jpgWhat happens when a Photocell annoys a clock?

A: It gets ticked off.

Timers – are OK for making sure you sign is not on in the daytime, but they can turn your sign on too early in the summer and too later in the winter. Where timers shine is at the end of the cycle. If you want your sign off at 10PM or 12AM or any other specific time – that is the job of a timer.

What did the minute hand say to the hour hand as it passed by?

A:  See you again in an hour

So which do you need? It depends, but likely both. Both? Does a clock need a minute hand and an hour hand – BOTH. The times sets the outer range of times, say 4:40PM to 12AM and the sensor turns the sign on only if it is dark during that time. The return is energy savings and a flawless feat of timing.

What does one clock tell another clock?

A: Second hand information.

Signs for San Diego is licensed for this work (C-45 contractor’s license) and insurance coverage also needs to be larger in many cases (General Liability, Worker’s Comp and equipment) Signs for San Diego has technicians that are friendly, fast and efficient.

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Topics: Sign Repair, Electrical Repair, lighting services, Florescent sign service


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