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Backlit Signs & Graphics Printing and Install

Backlit display graphics are designed to enhance visibility with the aid of a light source from behind the graphic.

These signs are a great way to increase visibility, as they are bright and stand out from the general signs and continue to engage your target customer base.

Backlit lighting requires two major components: a Lightbox and the Printed Graphic. There are several things you should consider to ensure you have the right lightbox that fits your needs.

How to Choose Backlit LED Lightbox?

When choosing a lightbox, consider the following 3 things:

  • Graphic size
  • Graphic location
  • Longevity / durability

You also need to decide on the type of lightbox. The 3 most common lightboxes are fluorescent, LED, and edge-lit LED.

Then you need to select the right backlit material. For this you need to know what kind of backlit paper you need and what kind of printable film will work well. You might also want to consider Inkjet Backlit Film, or Vinyl/Fabric base.

Backlit LED Lightbox

What Are Backlit Decals?

Do you want to make your sign shine bright both night and day? A custom backlit decal could be the ideal solution. A backlit decal is typically made from 3.5 mil adhesive vinyl and is designed to withstand indoor and outdoor elements as well as exposure to heat from light sources. Its flexibility means it can be easily applied to lightbox sign panels, windows or any other smooth translucent surfaces for radiant backlit signs. Easy to install on glass, acrylic or molded resin, you are guaranteed to have captivating backlit signs that will last. Additionally, removal is easy, which is very helpful when you need to switch decals on your backlit signs. The decals go through the best printing technology, meaning your backlit sign will display clearly and beautifully, whether day or night.

Benefits of Backlighting your Sign

  • Helps draw attention to the sign
  • Increases impact
  • Increases visibility
  • Makes the sign more memorable

Day & Night Visibility

Backlit decals are perfect for drawing attention to your sign at any time of day. The decals work great on an existing light source or lightbox. The durable vinyl that makes these decals is water and UV resistant and is designed to last over three years without becoming brittle or cracking.

Material Options to Choose From

  • Aluminum Lettering – Gives a premium finish
  • Acrylic Lettering – Gives different light diffusion effects with the light shining from the sides or behind
  • Metal Panels (ACP) – Accommodates different graphics for daytime applications

Why LED Signs?

LED, short for light-emitting diode, is a small semiconductor that converts electric energy into visible light. LEDs are a popular backlit signage option due to their durability and low power consumption. They also deliver long-term cost savings.

Tips for Caring for Your Backlit Letters

By properly caring for your backlit letters, you will extend their life and keep them looking bright and brilliant. To boost durability, simple routine maintenance of the electronics supplying power to the LED lights will go a long way. If you are new to backlit signs or need some assistance, our expert consultants on backlit signage and backlit signs can give you free professional advice to help you find the perfect sign for the application and location.

Backlit vs. Other Lighted Options

Backlit signs are commonly used with flat cut dimensional materials. Some of the other lighted sign options include:

  • Face-lit metal channel letters
  • Backlit metal channel letters
  • Frosted illuminated letters with backing panel or box
  • Acrylic channel letters

Common Questions About Backlit Signs

Q. Would you recommend turning the sign off when the business is closed, or is it okay to leave it on continuously?

A. Having your sign on a timer so it turns off at night would be the best practice. By using a timer to automatically turn off the sign at specific times, you will extend the useful life of your backlit signs. However, if your sign still gets exposure to walking traffic even at off-hours, you might consider keeping it on. We recommend having a timer switch it off when there is the lowest traffic.

Q. Can I choose coloured LEDs?

A. Yes. At The Sign & Graphics Manufaktur, we also offer full-colour RGB LEDs. You can, therefore, choose any colour on the spectrum for your backlit signs. If you would like to have your LEDs in colour, be sure to specify RGB LEDs when ordering. Alternatively, you can go with the default option of white LEDs.

Q. What if one of the LED’s burns out?

A. Thanks to advancements in LED technology, you will rarely see an LED light burning out in backlit signs. If anything, it is the power adapter that needs to be replaced over time, which can be easily done.

Get High-Quality Backlit Signs with Us

In short, you have a lot of options when it comes to backlit signs and we are here to guide you through the process with expert advice. Call us now for a free consultation!


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