Hillcrest

Plexineon provides a better-than-neon solution for this 25-foot wide (7.5m), historic neighborhood sign.

Plexineon provides a better-than-neon solution for this 25-foot wide (7.5m), historic neighborhood sign.

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White Plexineon outlines each letter of the new Hillcrest sign.

White Plexineon outlines each letter of the new Hillcrest sign.

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Hillcrest – Reviving a Downtown Icon

Historic neighborhood sign gets updated with Plexineon

For more than 70 years, a large, neon sign has served as a proud beacon for the  San Diego neighborhood of Hillcrest. Prominently stretching across a main thoroughfare, it spells out “Hillcrest” and serves as a backdrop for an annual summer festival.

The original sign was presented to the community in 1940 as a gift from female shopkeepers, and it was refurbished in 1984. But it was recently retired and replaced by a replica: a new sign created with iLight Plexineon White Series fixtures. The  result is a sign that looks like yesteryear, while offering all the benefits of innovative  LED technology.

 

The Design Challenge

The key benefit is durability. The original neon sign was prone to damage, and repairs were costly as well as inconvenient — causing traffic disruption each time the sign required a fix.

“Inevitably a truck or car with a tall antennae would pass under and take out a unit,” says Terry Kitaen, Senior Account Executive at Signtech Electrical Advertising, Inc., the company that performed the repairs.

Kitaen suggested a solution: duplicating Hillcrest’s time-honored treasure with a new sign offering the bright, nostalgic glow of neon, without the fragility. For the job, he had the perfect product in mind. Kitaen took a sample of Plexineon to a meeting with the Hillcrest neighborhood association. “I pounded a desk with it over and over to show how durable it is,” he says. “They loved it.”

 “The quality is beautiful. If you didn’t know we replaced the old sign, you would never guess.” – Terry Kitaen, Senior Account Executive, Signtech Electrical Advertising, Inc

 

The Plexineon Advantage

With the project go-ahead, Signtech worked closely with iLight to ensure the new sign would be a worthy successor to its predecessor. “They’re good people,” Kitaen says of the iLight team. “They treated us really well.”

“The quality is beautiful. If you didn’t know we replaced the old sign, you would never guess.”  – Terry Kitaen, Senior Account Executive Signtech Electrical Advertising, Inc.

The new sign was ready in time to be unveiled at the neighborhood festival. Kitaen says it looks just as he hoped, with White Plexineon outlining each letter. Now the sign with a rich past also has a bright future.

Plexineon has the bright, nostalgic glow of neon but is far more durable.

Plexineon has the bright, nostalgic glow of neon but is far more durable.

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Project Details


PROJECT

Municipal Sign

SITE
San Diego, CA

LOCATION
Exterior application

PRODUCT USE
Direct View

SIGN DESIGNER
Signtech Electrical Advertising, Inc.
www.signtechusa.com/web

PRODUCTS
Plexineon White 1X 6500 Series

LENGTH
200 LF (61 m)

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