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Is your Sign Cabinet Obsolete?

Posted by Frank Murch | Jan 24, 2017 10:00:00 AM

All old Sign Cabinets found in Pylon signs, Monument Signs and Sign Cabinets have magnetic ballasts. These are the power supply for your florescent lambs. The problems with magnetic ballast are several

  • You can not get magnetic ballast to replace your current ballastNeon_Tube.jpg
  • The electronic ballast are wired differently – so rewiring everything may be required
  • The old magnetic ballast uses a lot more power – you will get an electrify savings with a change
  • That annoying hum will disappear with electronic ballast.

The Department of Energy (DOE) Ballast Ruling that became effective in 2005, prevents the manufacture of magnetic replacement ballasts you need for your sign. As of July 1, 2010 the electronic components distributors can not longer sell magnetic ballast. So you need to switch to electronic or LED

Electronic ballast are about 30% more energy efficient and they do not hum. Because of this, most ceiling lighting in offices have already switched from Magnetic to electronic.Old ballast.jpg

Do you need a sign repair and need new ballast? Signs for San Diego can help you make the switch. Once you do, your sign will preform better, cheaper and require less maintenance in the future. OR you can convert to LED (a much larger job). Give us a call

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Topics: Electrical Sign Repair, Sign Repair, electrical sign repair Oceanside CA, electrical sign repair San Marcos CA, electrical sign repair Carlsbad CA, electrical sign repair Vista Ca, electrical sign repair Escondido CA, Electrical Repair, lighting repair, neon signs, outdoor signs, repair, electronic ballast, magnetic ballast


Whether you need a channel letter set, a monument signs, ADA signs, wayfinding signs, lobby signs, or any other type of commercial building signage, we can help! Signs for San Diego is the best sign company for building signs.


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