Our E&C light cabinets are directly wired to an electrical power supply like a traditional cabinet. We call them "Driver Boxes". Unlike a traditional box however, these cabinets take advantage of the same Light Amplification system used in our Solar Cabinets consuming far less from the electrical grid. The result is a brilliantly lit sign that costs dramatically less to operate than a traditional fluorescent light box. For example, a traditional 4ft high X 8ft wide sign costs about $400 a year to operate. Ours, about $36 a year for the same sign. The savings is dramatic over the life of the cabinet.
Our box is brighter, requires less energy to operate, are built better and require less maintenance cost over their entire life cycle. Bottom line, our cabinets are a better product for your clients.
Solar Light Cabinets
To fully understand how our Solar solutions work where others fail, let's begin with the obvious, Power. We use a 100 watt solar panel to harvest energy from the sun and store it in a Deep Cycle Marine Battery. That's the first item in our process that makes a difference. The battery alone isn't the whole story however, much more is needed and that's where our Patent Pending Light Amplification system comes into play. Due to the Light Amplification system, we are able to provide more light with less LEDs. As you know, power consumption by LEDs is minimal compared to their counterparts in a traditional sign. Since we use fewer LEDs, the power drain on the Battery is extremely small. In fact, our solar signs are so efficient, the battery can continue lighting our signs for up to 3 days WITHOUT recharging.
The technology we use in both our Solar and E&C Cabinets is based on a combination of elements. Low power consumption LEDs, our Patent Pending Light Amplification system, Plaskolite OPTIX Acrylic and an extremely well built cabinet made from heat treated aluminum extrusion. The combination of these items along with thousands of hours of trial and error perfection have resulted in a system that exceeded our expectations. Over a year of real-world testing, including the harsh North East Winter of 2013-2014, our cabinets both Solar and Connected "Driver" boxes excelled.
Solar 4 Signs is now a Preferred Vendor for over 550 FASTSIGNS Franchises and will soon be onboard with three more nationally recognized industry leaders in the Sign community.
Let’s talk quality. Solar 4 Signs has it, hands down!
Start with the obvious, the box. Compare our boxes to the competition and you’ll notice the difference real fast. Ours are not flimsy out of square units that flex during shipment, when removed from the packaging, during or after installation. They are heavy duty.
Solar 4 Signs extruded aluminum is only made from .005 alloy, each one custom made here by our very own Master Fabricators at our plant in the good ole’ USA. The aluminum is heat treated for maximum hardness, will not rust, will not bend or distort and will stand up to Mother Nature’s daily barrage of daily abuse. We’re not guaranteeing they’d survive a direct hit from a Tornado, we haven’t tested that yet. We will say they have a much better chance than our competitors.
In addition to the extremely dense aluminum used, each corner is mitered to exacting tolerances and then chemically bonded (not welded) for an environmentally friendly joint that adds to the boxes strength. This should be enough however, Solar 4 Signs adds another layer of durability and strength in the interest of quality for our customers. Internal bracketing made exclusively from extremely tough and rigid 61 alloy aluminum, again to exacting tolerances for a precise fit. Even our retainers have internal brackets!
View the below gallery to see close-up pictures of our Extrusion and Aluminum Inserts used exclusively in our cabinets.
Our products are only sold to Sign Shops. These are nationally recognized companies such as FASTSIGNS, Signarama, Signs by Tomorrow, Image 360 and Signs & More. If you would like to try our product, contact one of these fine retailers.
Do you only make solar signs?
No. Although we did get our start with Solar powered Cabinets, we realize there are times when a customer would like to connect their sign to a power source. Using the exact same design as our Solar cabinets, we adapted the design to a cabinet that easily connects to a 120 volt source. The client still sees a cost savings when connected to the grid. Our sign may connect to a power source however, the voltage is dropped to power only 12 volt LEDs. Because of our Light Amplification System, we use less LEDs than the competition. Less LEDs means less power to light them.
Are your cabinets handmade?
Yes. Each light cabinet is made in house by our own master craftsmen then inspected by our President Earl Grosser. Odd size cabinets are no problem since we make each and every one of them by hand. If you would like a 3' 6" High X 9' 3" Wide Single Sided Cabinet, we can make it for you.
What savings will I see if I use your signs?
We'll start with the obvious, our Solar Powered Signs are powered exclusively by the sun and are not connected to an electrical meter. This means once you purchase and install one of our Solar powered solutions, you will not pay a penny to power that sign.
Why do you only use LEDs?
LEDs have numerous benefits over traditional Fluorescent tube lights. They use less electricity to light, have a 100,000 hour life expectancy, are not affected by the cold and are brighter. For a complete list of benefits please refer to additional documentation.
How are your cabinets different?
Our boxes (cabinets) are different in many ways. The cabinet itself is much stronger. Made from Heat Treated aluminum, the extrusion will not rust, flex or deform during shipping or installation. Each corner is mitered to exacting tolerances, re-enforced with rigid 61 alloy aluminum inserts then chemically bonded for a clean, square, and extremely strong corner. In addition, all retainers have their own aluminum inserts at the corners for an additional level of strength. No other cabinet, that we are aware of, has this level of built in durability in their design.
What is an E&C light cabinet?
An E&C light cabinet is the branded name for our high quality light boxes.
It comes from the first letters of the President and Owner of Solar4Signs,
namely Earl & Cork.
Aren't your signs more expensive Than fluorescent light cabinets?
Solar 4 Signs Light Cabinets about the same cost as a similar fluorescent light box. What the manufacture of fluorescent cabinets won't tell you is the hidden cost of owning one of their boxes. Fluorescent bulbs need changed every couple of years and they cost more to power. LEDs typically last about 100,000 hours before they fail, that's over 12 years. Why own the past when you could own the future?
Have a question?
Want to learn more about our unique sign solutions completely powered by the sun?
Are you ready to unplug your marquee sign from the grid? Would you like to learn more about our “Driver” Cabinets that plug into an electrical source yet saves up to 90% in electrical costs.
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