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Randy Wright

Randy Wright is a 37-year veteran of the electric sign industry and a 27-year life member of the volunteer fire service. He has an advanced certificate in business management from Penn State University, with many industry and fire-related courses. He represented the International Sign Association on CMP-18 from 1989 through 2002. Currently, he serves as sign industry special expert to both CMP-18 and UL's standards technical panels. He is a member of NFPA, Pennsylvania Association of Arson Investigators, UL STP Panels 48, 879, 2161 and 814, and IAEI.


Do you inspect and approve electric signs? Things you may want to know about your authority

In most jurisdictions in this country, there has been implemented some version of a building code. Beyond the quality and safety issue, the electric sign or outline lighting installation shall comply with the building code. The building code, which is either adopted by local ordinance or by state mandate, requires electrical utilization equipment (electric signs) to be installed in accordance with the provisions of NFPA 70, the National Electric Code.

Using Electric LEDs in Electric Signs and Letters

The sign industry is currently using LED light sources for many applications. LEDS were first introduced to the sign industry, I believe, on power source equipment as indicators for conditions and problems.