Integrated Electric (N. Attleboro, MA) and Signs by Tomorrow Norton (MA) have restored and retrofit with SloanLEDs a landmark neon sign that, for decades, stood atop the roof on Procter and Gamble’s (P&G) South Boston manufacturing plant. The 16-ft.-tall x 400-ft.-long Gillette World Shaving Headquarters sign had originally contained 5,000 ft. of neon tubing. Because the sign showed signs of wear and cost more than $32,000 a year to operate, the company voted to restore it, along with renovating its plant.
Now illuminated by more than 14,000 of Sloan’s V Series Blue and ChanneLED 5 Red Sloan LED modules, the sign will use only $5,000 worth of electricity per year.
Signs for Tomorrow Norton provided the expertise in working with LEDs and handled replacement of the Lexan polycarbonate faces. Integrated Electric, an electrical-contracting company, handled installation and power distribution. The restoration began in December and completed in early January.
Integrated Electric and Signs by Tomorrow Norton won the project by providing P&G an estimate of construction costs, energy consumption and payback time attributable to low-power LEDs. Integrated worked with NStar, a Massachusetts-based gas-and-electricity utility, to secure a $56,000 grant, which reduced the payback time for P&G to less than three years. The sign now consumes $5,000 a year in electricity.
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