Since 2004, Signdealz has sold thousands of channel letters in the Denver Metro area. We wrote the book on Channel Letter signs. We’ll make sure you get the best looking, highest performing sign for your budget.
Key Features: Front-lit channel letters are the most common type of business sign sold today. Channel letters are affordable, long-lasting, and, if configured correctly, can be an essential part of your overall marketing and advertising efforts. Channel Letters consist of five key components. The face, Trim Cap, Return, Back, and Lighting Source. Customers may have the option of choosing an alternative to a standard front-lit channel letter called Trimless channel letters.
Reverse Pan Channel Letters produce a lighting effect that projects the lighting directly out of the rear of the letter. By making the face of the channel letter metal, and leaving the opening on the back of the letter, this allows the light to escape out the rear of the channel letter. A quality reverse channel letter is constructed out of .063 aluminum and often a .080 aluminum back.
The rear of the letter, where the light escapes, is covered by a clear acrylic cover with the LED’s attached on the transparent acrylic face pointing towards the face. The light bounces off the face and back towards the back, spreading evenly, producing a “halo” effect around the perimeter of the letter. The Reverse Channel Letters stand off the wall using spacers at least 1“ off the wall, allowing the light to escape in an even pattern. Reverse Channel Letters provide a more classical and sophisticated look than front-lit channel letters.
Reverse Channel Letters can cost 20% to 30% more than a stand channel letter due to the welding required to combine the face and returns. Signdealz can provide a diffuser film on the back of the acrylic back that can soften the light to the desired intensity as an added option.
Since neon's inception in 1898, neon has been a mainstay through the evolution of signs. Even with the advent of the LED illuminated sign in the early 2000s, neon still holds the position in the industry as an effective on-premise advertising solution for any size business. No sign style is more attractive and effective at generating excitement than a well-designed neon sign.
Neon Colors Explained
A neon tube bender creates an attractive look from neon by bending glass tube into the shape of the letter. The neon tube colors are created by the type of glass and gases used. There are three types of neon glass. Clear, Coated, and Painted. Clear glass, when used with different types of gas, produces different colors when excited with electricity. Neon gas produces red light, Helium produces orange light, and xenon produces gray or blue light. Coated Glass provides various colors by introducing a colored coating inside the glass, and when one of the three types of gas are used, produce a specific color combination. Check out our link to EGL Neon Colors or Voltarc Neon Color for examples of neon colors available.
Like its name, Open-Faced Neon signs no face covering the neon inside the letter. Clear faces can protect the neon from damage due to hail and birds nesting inside the can of the letter.
Maintenance of your sign should be a consideration before purchasing. Even the highest-quality neon signs will need periodic maintenance, and letters brightness can fade over time. Make sure you are prepared to spend approximately $300 to $600 a year on maintenance of the sign.