Carmanah lights up Big Apple with LED street signs (update)

Sept. 29, 2007
New York City is to install energy-efficient internally illuminated LED street signs.
Carmanah Technologies has received an initial CAN $285,000 order for LED internally illuminated street name signs for a high profile sign replacement project in midtown Manhattan, New York.

Carmanah’s signs, which use 90% less energy than traditional lighting, are being deployed at intersections in two of the largest business improvement districts in New York City. The signs will be installed around famous Midtown Manhattan landmarks, including the Empire State Building, Grand Central Station, the Chrysler Building and Madison Square Gardens.

Carmanah says that its energy-efficient LED sign technology was chosen after years of research and extensive field-testing of several options for illuminated street name signs.

Carmanah worked closely with the business improvement districts to develop a customized sign solution that met performance specifications and also fit within the design scheme for New York's street name signage.

The internally-illuminated street name signs offer an ultra-slim profile, extreme durability with high wind load ratings, as well as a variety of mounting options.

A Carmanah spokesperson told LEDs Magazine that the NY street signs are edge-lit, and the current design uses 16 LEDs. A large 8-foot sign will use about 40 LEDs, and a 6-foot sign will have around 30.