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Boca Raton may allow LED lights for commercial signage

Boca Raton, Florida, may loosen its restrictions to allow commercial facilities to use LED lighting for outdoor signage and displays. According to the Sun-Sentinel, city officials are considering an exception to the current ban on "unshielded light," which was instituted 47 years ago to prevent business owners from using neon signs. The new regulations would only allow LED signs with white text and black backgrounds. 

The proposed changes come at the request of representatives from Mizner Park, a shopping center, who want to remotely change their marquee. Mizner officials want to use programmable LED lights so they can update the messages on signs facing Federal Highway. Barbara Finn, the center's marketing manager, told the news source that the lights will be tasteful if approved. 

"We think it will look very nice with the new construction of the new marquee. It will not look honky-tonk," Finn said. 

The Community Appearance Board has already approved the use of the energy-efficient lighting. Board members unanimously agreed to a resolution that would allow LED technology while maintaining the ban on neon. The Sun-Sentinel points out that the initiative must be approved by the Planning and Zoning Board, and then it can be reviewed by the City Council in April. Councilwoman Constance Scott expressed her support for LED signs in February. 

"This is an opportunity for us to move into the 21st century," Scott told the news source. 

Additionally, Derek Vander Ploeg, an architect and member of the Downtown Boca Raton Advisory Committee, believes that LED lights are the wave of the future. He noted that the lights' programmable features and energy efficiency make them the perfect choices for signs in Boca Raton. 

With support swelling for the LED initiative, business owners in Boca Raton might be able to upgrade their signs in the near future. New displays could help entrepreneurs attract new customers and expand their operations.