mcdonaldssign4signfactsDangerous, Under-Built Structures

There is a difference between a billboard that is damaged in a windstorm and one that falls down under benign conditions. If you are buying or building a sign with questionable structural integrity bear in mind that this could cause a serious problem with your landlord, not to mention liability and safety risks.

The most common way a sign owner creates structural danger is by increasing the height of the structure or size of the advertising face. Whenever you make a height or size alteration to a structure (assuming it’s legal to begin with) you have to re-engineer the wind load forces on the sign and make appropriate modifications.

Hot or Cold

Outdoor digital signage must be able to withstand temperatures as low as -30 F or as high as 120 F Components such as a modem, router or media player also have to be kept from overheating or freezing up. Winter sun is worse than the summer sun. Summer’s hazy skies can cut down on UV rays, while a crisp, clear winter’s sun can be the worst time for an LCD display.

Halogen Lamps vs LED

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Light or Dark

Outdoors displays should have sensors that automatically turn up the screen brightness to be viewable in sunlight and turn down the brightness to converse energy when it’s dark or cloudy. Outdoor displays have to be resistant to water seeping in and tough enough not to crack from ice forming on the outside of the enclosure. Mechanical parts can freeze. Ice and snow can add weight. Hail can cause impact damage. Moisture can seep into displays and cause serious problems.

Outdoor displays need IP or NEMA rated enclosures. Outdoor displays should be rock steady to handle winds at least up to 100 mph.

Displays must withstand power surges and brownouts.

Good to Know!

Know the lifecycle of your display, what it costs to maintain it, repair it and replace it. Many displays are on 24/7. Does the manufacturer’s warranty cover 24-hour operation? Can the display be serviced in the installed position? If there is a problem, can a technician get to the display? Have you converted to LED’s? (You should do this now!)