3D, Electric Signs & Channel Letters
A channel letter is an illuminated or non-illuminated 3D sign generally seen on storefronts. A standard channel letter is fabricated from sheets of aluminum since it will not rust. A flat sheet of aluminum is typically cut on a table by a computer-controlled router. This creates the back of the channel and is the basis for the letter shape. The sides of the channel letter, called the returns, are then formed by bending a 3 to 6-inch-wide strip of aluminum sheet around the aluminum back. The return is then flanged and clinched to the back to create a solid can in the shape of the letter. The letter can is painted and fitted with light-emitting diode (LED) modules. A translucent plastic face usually made of acrylic is cut to fit the open face of the letter can. A trim cap border is applied to its edges which gives the letter face a finished appearance and creates a fastening surface to attach it to the letter can. Electric channel letters give the ability to attract attention both day and night.
Reverse Channel Letters
Reverse channel letters are similar to channel letters in both design and fabrication. Much like a standard channel letter, parts of the reverse channel letter are cut and bent from sheets of aluminum then painted to the desired color. The difference between the two is the back. Reverse channel letters are covered in the back by clear acrylic, through which the lights in the inside of the letter shine. The light from the letters is projected onto the surface behind them, giving them an ambiance. Just like standard channel letters, electric reverse channel letters have the ability to attract attention both during the day and night.
Lightboxes are also similar to channel letters in design and fabrication. Often, lightboxes are included as part of the design for channel letters, most often when companies desire a multi-colored logo incorporated into the product. They are also often produced as stand-alone signs. Lightboxes can be any shape and can also be double sided, as long as the shape can be bent from the sheet of aluminum. They are manufactured similarly to channel letters, with the sides bent from sheet aluminum and one or both sides covered with acrylic, which is covered with printed vinyl. As long as a color can be printed, it can be put on a lightbox. Lightboxes are perfect for customers who desire specific and/or multiple colors in their design.
Push Through Acrylic & Peirced Face Signs
Push through signs are an exciting way to switch it up. Shapes and letters are cut from sheet aluminum and then acrylic is pushed through the negative space left. Often they are covered with colored or printed vinyl. The light contained inside shines through with an ambiance and looks great both day and night.