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Illuminated Reverse Channel Letters

“Toscana Divino” Restaurant.  We installed this exterior wall sign at the Central Square of Mary Brickell Village in Miami on April , 2012.  

These are Illuminated Reverse Channel Letters, solid aluminum faces and sides.  They have open backs for a “halo” effect, since  the letters are mounted away from the wall.  

These Illuminated letters can receive either LED or Neon Lighting.  For “Toscana Divino”  we used red LED. 

American Tropical Signs & Services can produce custom logos and letters in regular channel, open face, or reverse channel letter signs.  For the restaurant,  the letters are  pre-wired and  installed on a 2″ deep panel, concealing all the wiring and power supply, since there was no access behind the wall for all the wiring.



Should I lease or purchase my business sign?

Leasing  a Sign

To grow in this competitive economy, business owners are looking for new ways. Choosing to lease is a smart way to acquire your business signage.   Equipment Leasing Association research shows that eight out of 10 U.S. companies lease some or all of their equipment.  Outdoor electric signs and LED message centers can be added to the list of assets that can be leased.  We are a vendor that offers leasing as part of our  sales program.

Leasing Benefits

Improves cash flow A typical lease term is less than the useful life of the equipment, and almost always the term is longer than the normal loan period from a borrowing source.

Provides flexible payment schedule Lease payments can be arranged to match cash flow patterns, seasonal business or earnings generated by the equipment.

Offers tax advantages and savings Lease payments are generally treated as fully deductible expenses. This may mean a more rapid write-off. Since the lease term is usually shorter than the depreciable life, payments can be expensed in shorter duration.

No money downLeasing is typically structured with no money down. You can quickly acquire use of equipment without major out-of-pocket costs, it is equivalent to 100% financing.

Preserves bank credit lines Your lease will not affect your existing borrowing limits with your bank, which means you still have 100% of your credit available for other needs.

Allows equipment to be leased as collateral When you lease, the equipment serves as the collateral. If you take out a loan, you will be asked for additional collateral as security on the loan.

Protects against obsolescence Leasing frequently enables you to acquire new equipment without keeping costly equipment working years beyond its profitable life. Modern equipment is always available.

Forecasts costs more accurately Leasing helps take the guesswork out of budgeting. You have known payments over a specified period and no depreciation figures or varying interest costs to question.

Takes a residual position With a lease, a residual position may be taken to allow for tax benefits. With a loan, no residual position is taken on the equipment.

Increases profits immediately Cash and equipment are working assets. With no cash invested in equipment, you have both assets working for you.  You only have to cover the monthly payment for the new equipment to be profitable from the first month.

 Leasing vs. Loan

A loan may offer competitive interest rates, but depending on the bank and the size of transaction, borrowing from a bank could affect your line of credit. Preserve those lines of credit by choosing to lease.


• Shorter applications and quicker approvals

• Utilizes equipment as collateral

• Does not affect bank relationship or line of credit

• Residual position may be taken to allow for tax benefits

• Allows for “soft costs” to be financed

• Requires no money down

• Hedges against obsolescence


• Involves longer approval time and more paperwork

• Requires additional collateral as security

• May go against line of credit

• No residual position is taken on the equipment

• Unable to finance “soft costs”

• Traditionally structured with money down

Sign Installation


Sign installation can be very challenging,  American Tropical Signs installation crews are well trained and highly skilled.  All aspects of the sign design and installation need to meet very stringent  Building Codes in South Florida making it a very integrate process from design to installation.

If you are a national branding company, a local developer, or just a small business owner, we can help you with your sign installation needs. We can can handle the the permitting and installation, even if your signage was maufactured buy another source. Feel free to call us about your sign installation requirements, and we are a State of Florida Licensed contractor.

L.E.D. Sign Conversions

LED-Module-for-Sign-LED-Light-BoxAmerican Tropical Signs is a leader in sign conversions using the more energy effiricent, and longer life L.E.D. modules. Converting your form traditional neon or flourescent could save you as much as 50% in energy costs. The L.E.D. modules have a 100,000 hour life, which is about ten years, reducing maintenance costs.

There are serval more advantages in switching the L.E.D. modules for your sign illumination. Your sign will be brighter and more effective than neon or incandescent signage. Plus, you don’t have to worry about fading, flickering or premature burnouts. L.E.D. allows for multiple messages and graphics, along with the ability to scroll, move and intermittently flash. What’s more, you can program new messages as your needs change. Lastly, neon and incandescent lights make use of fragile, thin-walled glass, L.E.D.s are made from a durable, solid plastic. They also generate far less heat than other lighting options and require lower voltage.

Daktronics Scoreboards and Display Systems

American Tropical Signs Supplies LED BillboardsAmerican Tropical Signs is a distribtor for, and installer of  Daktronics scoreboards and displays.They are a leader in the latest sign technology offering the most complete line of electronic scoreboards and display products of any company in the world, featuring long-lasting light emitting diode (LED)-based systems. This technology gives you the flexibility for exciting video, engaging advertising messages, and accurate scoring. Daktronics provides solutions that maximize the value of your investment.

American Tropical Signs can offer our design services to assist you in selecting the best Daktronics product for your LED display needs and we will handle all the permitting requirements, as well as, install the product for you.


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