Are Your Lighted Signs Up To Code? 4 Tips To Avoid Fines In Kern County, CA

Are Your Lighted Signs Up to Code? 4 Tips to Avoid Fines in Kern County, CA

Lighted signs stand out like no other, but with great power comes great responsibility! If your lighted signs aren’t designed, installed, and maintained as required by Bakersfield’s sign code, you could be fined or forced to pay for sign remediation.

But don’t stress—the lighted sign experts at TM Signs & Graphics are here to help. Read on to learn 4 tips to keep your lighted signs compliant in Bakersfield, CA, or call (661)-379-6545 to speak directly with a lighted sign expert near you.

1.   Use Brightness Compensation Features Where Required

According to Section 17.60.060 of the Bakersfield sign code, “signs that contain changeable copy produced by LEDs, incandescent or low voltage lamps or bulbs… shall include automatic brightness compensation features to adjust brightness to compensate for sun angle and ambient light conditions.”

This feature not only ensures the sign is properly visible, but also prevents lighting from becoming excessively bright and disturbing passing drivers or nearby residents. As an added bonus, auto-dimmers can reduce energy consumption, saving you money on utilities every month.

To head off any noncompliance issues and support your business’s sustainability goals, we offer a wide range of changeable lighted signs with brightness compensation features and auto-dimming modules.

2.   Use Flashing Lighted Signs Responsibly

Flashing lighted signs can be a boon or a bane, depending on how you use them. On one hand, they draw the eye better than just about any other sign type, which is why emergency service vehicles use flashing lights to alert everyone in the vicinity. On the other hand, flashing lighted signs can be a nuisance and a safety hazard, and they can expose your business to serious fines when used improperly.

According to Section 17.60.060, flashing lighted signs are only permitted in Regional Commercial (C-2), Commercial Center (C-C), Commercial Business (C-B), and Manufacturing (M-1, M-2, and M-3) zone districts, and they can never exceed a total of 60 milliamperes for neon signs, or 10 watts for incandescent signs.

3.   Avoid Lighted Sign Spillage

The Bakersfield sign code stipulates that “signs may be illuminated provided no lighting is directed onto adjective properties or public rights-of-way.” Fortunately, this is easily prevented through smart site selection, adjustment of sign luminance levels, and the use of special fixtures.

4.   Keep Your Lighted Signs In Shape

Neglecting lighted sign maintenance not only spoils your brand image; it can also expose you to fines.

As per Bakersfield’s “Sign Development Standards,” “all signs shall be constructed, installed, and maintained to structurally comply with all applicable requirements of the Building Code and Uniform Sign Code, as adopted and amended by the City.”

Additionally, “those signs incorporating electrical components shall be constructed and maintained to also comply with the Electrical Code as adopted by the City.”

Don’t worry—lighted sign maintenance is easy, especially when you use long-lasting LEDs and quality materials from our sign shop. You can even automate your upkeep by scheduling routine maintenance service from our team.

Book A Free Lighted Sign Consultation In Kern County, CA

TM Signs & Graphics is your one-stop shop for lighted sign solutions in Bakersfield, CA, offering a wide range of illuminated marketing materials, in-house design expertise, and permitting support, all under one roof.

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We’ve lived and worked in Bakersfield for over 25 years, and in that time, we’ve helped numerous businesses put their brand name up in lights. If you’re looking to do the same, our lighted sign experts are standing by.

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