Thursday, August 23, 2007

Bright lights, big energy bill

Cost-conscious companies are lowering their energy bills by scaling down "signage" -- btw, I'm opposed to the use of this word, it sounds like a noun from an early 90s Pauly Shore movie. Portland sign fabricator, Security Signs, has noticed more of its customers are swapping high-energy bulbs for LEDs. Apparently bucking the trend is Mark Lindsay's Rock & Roll Cafe, which boasts a whopping 600 incandescent bulbs surrounded by ruby red premium neon. The cafe, opening Monday at Sandy and 41st, wanted the sign to have a 50s dazzle, and that's what they got; its energy use also screams low-cost hydropower.

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