Channel Letter Signs

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What Are Channel Letter Signs?

Channel letter signs, also referred to as “routed lettering”, consist of separate letters or shapes that are three dimensional, can be lit or unlit, and usually are made with aluminum and acrylic or poly-carbonate materials. Nowadays, most lit channel letter signs make use of LEDs which are far more energy efficient and brighter than neon lighting. Channel letter signs will make an immediate impact on anyone who sees it. Lots of business embrace this type of signage including restaurants, stores, malls, and gyms. They fit in just about anywhere and can even be used inside a building, as they come in a variety of styles and colors – the possibilities are endless.

Different Types of Channel Letter Signs

Channel letter signs are very versatile and come in a variety of styles that can easily make your brand stand out from the competition. As each character is individually created and lit, there are many possibilities for the overall design. Some sign styles are more fitting for certain brands and companies, but usually any channel lettering sign can be designed and built just the way you want it to look. One way to boost your brand is to choose the right style, color, and lighting options.

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Front-Lit Channel Letter Signs

Front-lit channel or standard letter signs are the most popular type of channel lettering. The backing and return are made of aluminum or another type of sheet metal and is fitted with an acrylic or poly-carbonate face, usually colored with a translucent film, as well as fitted with a trim cap. This allows the light to shine through only the front of the sign which brings maximum visibility to your storefront or building at night, able to be from the street by passing drivers.

Halo-Lit Channel Letter Signs

Halo lit, also known as reverse lit, channel letter signs are essentially the opposite of front-lit signs. The backing of the sign, instead of an opaque aluminum, is made from a clear acrylic so that light can shine through it from behind. The channel letters themselves are raised away from the facade so that light can shine through and diffuse. The face is then fitted with aluminum so that no light can shine through the front. This type of lighting is very professional and clean and therefore very suitable for sophisticated or corporate businesses.

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Combination Channel Letter Signs

Combination channel letter signs take elements from both front-lit and halo-lit channel signs. The sides are, as the other two options, made from aluminum and lit with LED bulbs. But both the face and the backing are fitted with clear acrylic or poly-carbonate. This allows light to pass through the front as well as allows light to emanate from the back for the halo effect.

An aluminum separator is also placed between the face and backing to prevent too much light from passing through. It also allows two different colors to be used.

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How Are Channel Letter Signs Mounted?

Depending on your budget, the style of the channel letter, and the size, you may want to consider the pros and cons of each mounting option.

Raceway Mount

A raceway mount is a metal box that the channel letters sit on that houses all the electrical wires and power supply for each letter. This is the least invasive mounting option, as fewer holes would need to be drilled into the facade of the building itself. This is also the cheapest option, however, it might not be the most visually appealing choice depending on the overall design.

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Backer Mount

A backer mount is similar to a raceway mount, but it has some key differences. It’s not just a metal box that runs along the length of the channel letter characters, but rather is a panel or cabinet larger than the whole design that sits behind the entire set. Like the raceway mount, it houses the electrical wires and power that is supplied to each individual character. These backer mounts can be fashioned into different shapes from a flat rectangular panel to a backing that follows the curvature and shapes of the channel letters.

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Flush Mount

Flush mounts are installed directly onto the facade of the building. This method requires no extra panels or boxes for the letters to be attached to. Because there are no boxes to discreetly house the wires, the power source must be housed behind the building’s wall or facade. This is the mot expensive option, but if this clean and unhindered look is what best represents your brand, then it may be worth the investment.

Channel Letter Sign Repairs

Need Commercial Sign repairs? Slicks Graphics Can Help!

If you have already existing backings and returns but need new faces on your channel letter signs, Slicks Graphics is happy to do repairs and replacements for you. Whatever component your signs may be missing, we’ll replace for you. If you suspect damage or wear in your channel lettering sign, contact Slicks graphics today so we can begin repairs as soon an possible.


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