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Digital sign war in Los Angles spills into the public

Discussion in 'General Chit-Chat' started by binki, Mar 23, 2013.

  1. binki

    binki Premium Subscriber

    Jul 23, 2007
    The PRC
    Clear Channel has been advertising on their own radio stations to get public support to keep digital or electronic billboards. I am not clear why Los Angeles now wants to ban them after so many have been put up.

    The digital billboards have been used for emergency messages such as the ex police officer that was killing police officers just because.

    I am also not sure what quality of life will be diminished in Los Angeles. Anyone who doesn't live there probably wouldn't. The center of the city, downtown area, is a pit. The outlying areas really wouldn't have these billboards except along highways and in commercial and retail zoned areas. It isn't like someone is going to have one on their front lawn.


    and many more
  2. Techman

    Techman Major Contributor

    Jun 24, 2003
    those digital and led signs are a menace. They are daylight bright at night. There are several here in a row and driving by them at night causes night vision problems after passing them. They are so bright you cannot see well while approaching them and after passing them. Its like the sun shining in your eyes while driving down a road toward the West. People hate them and ongoing anti sign public sentiment is rising. I hope they are banned forever. And, people are boycotting any business that displays an ad on them. It cannot understand why the sign company does not turn down the brightness at night to at least appear to be concerned.

    If that is what is going on in LA the maybe they are causing their own problems.
  3. Bigdawg

    Bigdawg Just Me

    Jun 8, 2005
    Sunny Florida
    I live in one county that allows them... and work in the next county over that strictly bans them.

    We don't have any issues in my county with blinding digital signs - I think we have a size limitation. The distraction I see from them is trying to read them while they are changing - I've seen more than one person almost hit the car in front of them watching the sign.
  4. ThinkRight

    ThinkRight Active Member

    Nov 13, 2011
    Atlanta Ga
    Sounds like the wrong squeaky wheel got greased !
    Those signs are permitted and taxed more than gas and cigs .
    Just SOP for California though.
    Make it illegal after the fact.(after the tax has been paid)
    I see they are also retroactively taxing businesses and people.
    And lets not forget the exit tax when you move !!

  5. phototec

    phototec Very Active Member

    May 23, 2008
    It's against the law to take your eyes off the road in front of you to text while driving (in some places).

    However its' ok to take your eyes off the road in front of you to watch the animated LED sign along the road?

    Double standard - I don't think drivers should have any distractions while in charge of a one ton vehicle barreling down the road...


  6. kanini

    kanini Member

    Jul 13, 2012
    Heh, they put up a huge digital billboard here in the town centre right across an apartment building. I guess the people living there do love the ads for "reduced price" flashing in their bedrooms at midnight. It's bright and ugly as **** even in the middle of the day...
  7. SD&F

    SD&F Very Active Member

    Oct 4, 2009
    LEDs can be beautiful and display amazing images that draw in real business. Our LEDs have sensors that we put on them that adjust accourding to the lighting outside so they aren't annoying. They can be downlit or adjusted to not be distracting. Although, I hate the bright ones that flash and distract.

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