4 Types of Channel Letter Signs for Your Storefront Signage

Types of Channel Letter Signs

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Are you considering a new sign for your business or storefront? Not sure what your options are or even what language to use? Then you’ve come to the right place. Channel-letter signs should be one of the first things you learn. Channel letters, also known as pan channel letters, are enormous individual letters that are frequently used as outdoor signage for companies and shopping malls.

As a business owner or decision maker, you should be aware of the four fundamental types of channel letter signs, and the key difference between them is how they are illuminated. Another crucial consideration is landlord criteria and local zoning rules concerning sign size, projection, and illumination. Let’s dissect the specifics.

Basic Front-lit Channel Letter Signs

The front-lit or conventional channel letter signs are the most frequent form of channel letter. The back and sides of this letter are made of metal. The sides of channel letter signs are also referred to as “returns.” The “face” of each letter is illuminated inside with either LEDs or neon lights in the basic front-lit channel letter signs.

The trim caps that screw onto the sign face are made of plastic or metal, while the sign face itself is composed of one of two types of plastic: polycarbonate or acrylic. Acrylic is shinier, although polycarbonate is more durable.

The color parts of the logo are usually done using cut-out transparent vinyl or, if the color of the face is solid, the acrylic itself can be in its unique color, as long as it matches the common colors available. Due to the materials utilized, conventional front-lit channel letters are very customizable.

Halo-Lit Channel Letter Signs

Reverse-lit channel letter signs are another name for halo-lit channel letter signs. They are made up of metal faces and returns that are raised from the wall or raceway. This allows the neons or LED lights within to shine out the sides and create a halo effect by casting a glow around each word. In contrast, standard channel letter signs just illuminate the face of each letter. Halo-lit channel letter signs are frequently utilized for sign projects that require a distinct, elegant, or distinguishing appearance or brand image.

Reverse Channel Letter

Front and Back Lighting Channel Letters

Do you want to go fancy? Perhaps you’re thinking about a sign with yellow lighting and a blue halo effect. Here is when front and back-lit channel letter signs really shine. This channel letter combines the traditional front-lit letter with a halo-lit letter. The letter’s sides are metal, the faces are polycarbonate, and the back of the sign is open to reflect the LED or neon lighting off the wall.

Open-Faced Lit Channel Letter

The back and sides of the open-lighted channel letter are both metal, exactly like the regular front-lit channel letter; however, the sign is often lit with neon lights rather than LEDs in this case. The only other significant difference between this and a typical front-lit channel letter is that the sign face is either transparent or does not have a sign face at all, allowing the exposed inside neon to be seen.

How Can Channel Letters Be Mounted?

You can hang your channel letters in a variety of ways. In this section, we will go over the most common mounting alternatives so you can understand how and why we do things.

Raceway Mount

Many property management firms and landlords demand that channel letter signs be put atop a raceway, which is a metal box that stores all of the electrical wiring and power supply for the individual letters. This reduces the number of wall penetrations necessary to finish the installation, which is appreciated by landlords. Raceways are often painted to match the color of the building façade or sign band, ensuring that they meet the architectural and brand requirements.

Direct Mount

A flush or standoff mount for a direct mount. If aesthetics are the most important factor, then the direct mount is preferred. The letters are mounted directly to the building façade using a pattern and non-corrosive fasteners in this case. A straight mount with standoff spacers is popular for reverse channel letters. The power supply and electrical cables are located behind the bulkhead wall or façade with direct-mount channel letters.

Backer Mount 

The backer mount is similar to the raceway mount, except that instead of a metal box, the channel letters are affixed to a metal cabinet or backer panel that is often taller and wider than the channel letter arrangement. The power supply and wiring might be located within the back cabinet, behind the wall, or on the building’s facade.

What next?

Now that you’ve learned about the many types of channel letters and mounting options for your personalized sign, we propose a few further measures to ensure smooth sailing and long-term satisfaction. Consult a bespoke sign designer and installer beforehand. Find out what he or she thinks. While you may be passionate about one choice, it may make more sense to pursue another. Get the advice of a custom sign specialist who has many years of experience.

At the same time, check your lease for sign criteria and limits, double-check with the property manager, and contact the secretary of your local zoning board to inquire about zoning rules and classification—make sure your plans are in accordance with municipal plans and standards.

Lastly, we strongly advise considering the long term. Don’t scrimp on quality. Recall that a good sign will have a larger initial cost but little ongoing charge. It is far less expensive to purchase a high-quality sign once rather than several low-cost signs that require periodic replacement and maintenance. Use high-quality LEDs.

Don’t scrimp on inexpensive trim caps that can fracture over time or on bad-quality acrylic faces that will fade rapidly. A well-made sign is usually less expensive to maintain, and it is more aesthetically appealing and stunning.

To Learn More About Channel Letter Signs, Contact Us!

Make sure you do some research before beginning to create and design new channel letter signs. An Phat Signs & Designs is available to address any of your inquiries and provide further details on available signage alternatives, such as decorating signs and graphics. To learn more about this beautiful type of signage, get in touch with us right now.

If you’d like to learn more about the many sign services we provide, or if you’re ready to get started on your next project, please contact us at An Phat Signs Studio. You can look at some of our recent work to get a fair idea of what we provide, and then contact us by phone, Facebook, Zalo, or email to inquire. We eagerly await your response.

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