Front lit are the most common channel letter type. As the name implies, these signs emit illumination only from the front (or face) of the letters. They are often used in both shopping malls and outdoor plazas. Front lit channel letters can be either raceway or flush mounted. Direct Sign Wholesale can produce this letter type in many different font and color combinations.
Reverse Channel Letter signs provide a distinctive and memorable approach to your client’s signage program. Reverse channel letters are often specified by signage clients who value a prestigious image. These letters are also called "halo lit" or "backlit" letters.
Open Face channel letters are an excellent choice for businesses that need a highly conspicuous night signage presence, such as restaurants, nightclubs and bars. Neon is the illumination source, and the neon is actually exposed (instead of being encased behind colored acrylic.) The face of this letter is typically open, but an optional clear acrylic face is also available. An open face letter return (side) is 3” instead of the usual 5”. This gives the neon illumination full exposure and ensures the sign can be easily read.
Front/Back Lit channel letters are an excellent choice for a striking and eye-catching signage presence. As the name implies, these letters emit illumination both from the letter front (face) and back. Just as with standard reverse channel letters, front/back lit letters have a clear polycarbonate back to prevent animals from nesting inside the letter.
Channel letters are typically illuminated with either neon or LED (light emitting diodes). Neon was previously the primary illumination media, but in the past few years LED has become the main lighting source for channel letter signage. When you hear the term “LED channel letters”, it typically means a standard letter set illuminated with LED modules rather than neon.
Direct Sign Wholesale can also produce a logo box as a part of your channel letter set. A logo box is an optional channel letter sign element, and is basically a contoured channel letter. A logo box face may include either a colored vinyl application or a digital print. Digital prints offer a complete customization of the logo box appearance.
Channel letter signs are a superior signage choice for many applications. Each set of channel letters has an individual structure and separate illumination, resulting in a professional and highly visible signage presentation. The Xtreme Outerwear letters below are an example of front/back lit channel letters.
Channel letters are a type of electrical signage. The fundamental difference between channel letters and other signage types is that channel letters are dimensional. Each letter is individually formed, and has its own separate enclosure. Channel letters get their name from the internal “channel” contained by each letter. The internal channel is also where the letter illumination is housed. The side of a formed channel letter is called the “return”, and the return forms the letter enclosure (channel.)
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