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How Are Illuminated Backlit Display Signs Made?

Read time: 5 minutes  |  Author: PRI Graphics  |  Posted: July 10th, 2023

The Making of Backlit Signs: The Luminary Art Form Revolutionizing Business Advertising

Do you ever wonder how businesses create vibrant, eye-catching signs that stay illuminated day and night? The magic is all in the technique of making backlit signs, an art form rapidly gaining traction in the world of business promotion.

Backlit signs, predominantly large format color graphics, are lit from behind by a light source—LED lights in the present-day context. These innovative displays are perfect for indoor installations like malls, tradeshow events, airport displays, and kiosks, but their construction also lends them effectively to numerous outdoor applications such as building signage, billboards, and bus stops.

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Printing with Illumination Technologies

We can print backlit signs on a myriad of substrates, thanks to cutting-edge technology. This advancement in sign printing is not only cost-effective but also ensures longevity, boosting the demand for customized backlit signage.

LED lighting, a primary component in backlit sign production, has advanced leaps and bounds from the era of fluorescent signage. The LED-powered backlit signs we see today have superior visibility and aesthetic appeal, making them a first-choice promotional tool for businesses aiming to enhance their brand recognition.

Backlit signs, both indoor and outdoor, can bolster your business’s credibility by demonstrating your commitment to quality advertising. It sends a clear message to your customers that you are invested in your business’s growth and success.

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Maximizing the Power of Backlit Signs

Backlit signs offer a plethora of advantages to businesses and organizations, such as:

  • Versatility for indoor and outdoor use
  • Universal applicability for product promotion
  • High visibility even at night
  • Readability from a distance
  • Vibrant colors that grab attention
  • Compatibility with short or long term displays
  • Continuous brand message promotion
  • A high-return promotional investment

Printing and Designing Backlit Signage

Translucent backlit film printed with high-resolution latex ink is the material of choice for large, durable backlit signs. This particular printing method results in bright signage full of depth, detail, and clarity that surpasses other printing techniques and ink selections.

Silicone Edge Graphics (SEG) further enhance the production of backlit signs. Depending on their use, SEG can be stretched around a borderless frame post-printing, creating the illusion of a floating graphic, unconstrained by borders.

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10 Innovative Uses of Backlit Signage

Backlit signs are a must-have at your next trade show and below are 10 other exciting ways to incorporate backlit signage into your business strategy.

  • Illuminate Menus
  • Highlight Storefront Signs
  • Enliven Bus Shelters
  • Brighten Billboards
  • Accentuate Parking Signs
  • Amplify Product Publicity
  • Upgrade Construction Signs
  • Enhance Directional Signs
  • Improve Safety Signs
  • Personalize Open/Closed Signs

Unleashing the Potential of Custom Backlit Signs

At PRI Graphics & Signs, we are committed to helping you realize your creative project aspirations. Whether you’re planning a unique application for a custom backlit sign or promoting an upcoming event, tradeshow, or product, we can provide solutions tailored to your specific needs.

Consider giving your existing business signage an upgrade by switching out your current panel for a more colorful, cost-effective, and durable LED backlit sign version. PRI Graphics in Phoenix, AZ, is here to help you curate a signage solution that will enrich your business and present a more dynamic promotional face to your customers.

Quality Digital Printing Solutions in Arizona

As experts in custom, large format backlit sign printing, we collaborate with businesses statewide and across the country to craft bespoke sign solutions. We provide high-quality UV stable ink printing for all outdoor backlit signs, which diminishes the effects of sun exposure and showcases your message in the best possible light.

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For more insights on the creation of backlit signs and their myriad benefits, please contact our Phoenix-based print company at 1-877-409-8889. Our Arizona printing experts are ready to guide you in transforming your vision into illuminating reality.

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About the Author

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PRI Graphics – Director, Marketing & Brand Management

PRI Graphics is a marketing and design expert who is passionate about new emerging trends in digital media and business strategy. A member of AMA with a PCM® in marketing management, he continues to strengthen his knowledge and skill sets in the marketing ecosystem. Prior to joining PRI, he pursued a career in filmmaking and carries on the passion for brand development.