Installation Instructions: Making or Repairing Flat Ribbon Cables for LED Signs

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To make or repair flat ribbon cables for LED signs, start by determining and cutting the required length of the cable. Identify the cable’s orientation using the pink stripe and the label. Align and insert the cable into the connector, ensuring the proper position of the connector’s tongue. Crimp the connector and secure the cable with a cap, flipping the cable and repeating the process on the other side as needed. For repairs, simply cut the damaged end and follow the same steps. Always prioritize safety by working with the power off, using appropriate tools, and wearing protective gear. Finally, verify the installation or repair by testing the LED sign.

Step 1: Determine Cable Length

Measure the required length of the cable needed for your LED sign and cut it accurately.

Step 2: Identify the Cable Orientation

Locate the pink stripe at the edge of the cable and the position of the label on the cable.

Step 3: Familiarize with the Connector

Take note of your connector and the position of the tongue. It is crucial for proper installation.

Step 4: Position the Cable

When the pink stripe and label are positioned on the left and are facing up, the tongue of the connector should be facing down.

Step 5: Insert the Cable

Insert the cable from the top, aligning the edge of the cable with the connector. Squeeze the connector to hold the cable in position.

Step 6: Crimp the Connector

Use the appropriate crimping tool to securely close the connector around the cable.

Step 7: Secure the Cable

Wrap the cable over the back of the connector and install the cap to secure the cable in position.

Step 8: Flip the Cable

Now, flip the cable so that the pink stripe and label are facing towards you and are positioned on the right.

Step 9: Repeat for the Other Side

With the tongue of the connector facing you, repeat Steps 5-7 for the other side of the cable.

Repairing the Cable:

If you are repairing the cable, cut the end of the existing cable and follow the steps above to complete the repair.

Final Check:

Once completed, ensure that all connections are secure and that the cable is correctly oriented before turning on the LED sign. Test the sign to verify that the repair or installation was successful.

Safety Precautions:

  • Turn Off Power: Ensure that the LED sign is turned off and unplugged before starting the installation or repair to avoid electrical shocks.
  • Use Appropriate Tools: Utilize the right tools for crimping to avoid damage to the cable or connector.
  • Work in a Well-Lit Area: A well-lit area will help you identify cable orientations and colors correctly.
  • Wear Protective Gear: Wear safety glasses to protect your eyes from any flying debris during cutting or crimping.


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