LED ''OPEN'' Sign, retail $99.95 (www.gershelbros.com)
Manufactured by Pro Lite (www.pro-lite.com)
Last updated 01-26-07

This is an LED "OPEN" sign, designed to be hung or mounted in a retail store either in or within close proximity of the front door or window. Hang or mount the sign so it will be readily visible to passers-by on the street or sidewalk.

It has a total of 156 high-brightness LEDs, so the "OPEN" message will be easily visible to all who see it - even in direct sunlight.

The URL for this product on the Gershel Bros. website cannot be entered directly, so on the Gershel Bros. website, enter "AF4" in the search box to find this product.


Plug the cord from the AC adapter into the plug on the short length of cord exiting the sign itself (this plug is polarised, so if it doesn't easily fit, turn one of the ends 180 and try to connect the two pieces again), and plug the large end into any standard (in the United States & Canada anyway) 110 to 130 volts AC 60Hz power receptacle.

On the back of the unit, you'll find two slide switches and two pushbuttons. One of the slide switches is labelled "ON OFF" - so slide it to the "ON" position.

The other slide switch is labelled "STATIC FLASH". Slide this switch to the "STATIC" position to illuminate the red letters and blue upper & lower borders continuously.

Slide this switch to the "FLASH" position to have the sign start a pattern called "Vegas mode" (see movie clip below) and stay that way until the switch is slid to the "STATIC" position again.

In flash mode, you can adjust the speed of the blinking sequence with the "UP" and "DOWN" buttons.

Hang (with the included chain) or mount the sign so it will be readily visible to passers-by on the street or sidewalk.

This product is not battery-powered; so I do not need to tell you which part to remove, throw in the wastepaperbasket or flush away, and then tell you not to.

This is an electric "OPEN" sign, not a flashlight meant to be carried around, thrashed, trashed, and abused. So I won't try to whack it against a steel rod or against the concrete floor of a patio, stomp on it, try to drown it in a commode, run over it, or inflict other punishments upon it that I might inflict upon a flashlight. So this section of its web page will be rather bare, when compared to this section of the web page on a page about a flashlight.

Photograph of the product - illuminated, of course.

WMP movie (.avi extension) showing the "Vegas" effects of this sign.
This clip is approximately 3.3 megabytes (3,449,696 bytes) in length; dial-up users please be aware.
It will take no less than ten minutes to load at 48.0Kbps.
I cannot provide it in other formats, so please do not ask.
The speed of this animation is adjustable, so if the default setting pisses you off, you can easily speed it up or slow it down.

That sound you might hear playing in the background is Star Trek: The Next Generation on the boob tube.

Spectrographic plot
Spectrometer plot of the red LEDs in this sign.

Spectrographic plot
Spectrometer plot of the blue LEDs in this sign.
That small hump in the red is from the red LEDs and could not be helped.
Ocean Optics USB2000 Spectrometer on loan from WWW.TWO-CUBED.COM.

Product was purchased from the Gershel Bros. website on 01-04-07, and was received on the afternoon of 01-11-07.

The AC adapter is rated to output 13 volts DC at 700mA.

Product was made in China. A product's country of origin really does matter to some people, which is why I published it on this web page.

UPDATE: 01-26-07
I saw one of the blue LEDs (the sixth one from the right, bottom row) flicker and go out a short time ago today (5:41pm PST).



    LAMP TYPE: 5mm LED
    No. OF LAMPS: 156 (120 red, 36 blue)
    SWITCH TYPE: Slide switches/momentary pushbuttons for on/mode change/off
    CASE MATERIAL: Plastic
    BEZEL: N/A
    CURRENT CONSUMPTION: Unknown/unable to measure (advertised as 700mA max.)
    WATER RESISTANT: Light sprinkle-resistance at maximum
    ACCESSORIES: AC adapter, hanging chain
    WARRANTY: 10 years on LEDs; unknown/not stated on remainder


    Star Rating

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