Impact Signs is Utah's #1 company for custom Channel Letter Signs
You may not know what channel letters are, but you’ve seen thousands of them. They’ve gotten your attention, too—that’s what they do best. Channel Letters are used by businesses to identify their location. Most commonly, channel letters are two to six inches deep with solid, often black, sides. The forward-facing surface of the letter is usually a white or colored translucent material that can be backlit. The light-up letters stand out night or day and make it easy for passers-by to identify your building.
Channel letters are dimensional signs that are made of metal, usually aluminum, and are generally lit to be seen at night. A flat sheet of aluminum is typically cut on a table by a computer-controlled router, creating the back of the letter and defining its 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. This return can be welded at the seam or flanged and riveted to the back to create a solid can, with sides and a bottom, in the shape of the letter. The letter can is painted and fitted with any lighting components necessary such as neon gas tubes or light-emitting diode (LED) modules. A translucent plastic face usually of 3/16″ thick sheet acrylic fiber or polycarbonate 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. When illuminated at night, channel letters draw the eye of passers-by. Source
There are four basic configurations for channel letters. The first, described above, is called a Front Lit Sign. Open Face signs are very similar, except the translucent material is replaced with a clear material or removed altogether. In this type of lighted letter, the bulbs are clearly visible and the interior of the letter glows. Reverse Lit letters are solid on the front and sides, and the light shines from the rear of the letter against a wall. The effect of the solid, backlit letter is very dramatic. Finally, Front/Reverse Lit letters are a combination of Front lit and Reverse Lit letters, with light coming from the front as well as the rear of the letter.
Types of Mounts for Channel Letter Signs
The most common mount for channel letters is the Raceway Mount. Raceways are popular because they only require a couple mount points, so very little modification of the building is required. Another advantage is that the electronic components are encased in a steel box, so they are protected from the elements.
The other common type of channel letter mount is the flush mount, where each letter is mounted directly to the wall of the building. Electronic components are usually mounted inside the building with wiring running through the wall. The electronic components are well-protected, but multiple mount points mean this type of mount is more intrusive than the racetrack mount.
Who can benefit by using channel letters?
Just about any business with a brick-and-mortar presence will benefit from using channel letters. These types of signs make it easy to identify your organization and draw quite a bit of attention. Because the letters and logos can be built in just about any shape, they also reinforce your organization’s unique branding. Channel letters are also inexpensive to create and can be used for years with virtually no maintenance. Are you interested in adding an eye-catching element to the outside of your building while reinforcing your branding? A channel-letter sign is just what your need.
Channel letters are a good choice for building signs in Utah since they stand out on buildings, and can be illuminated to draw even more attention. Channel Letters can withstand the Utah weather well and are built to survive for years outside. At Impact Signs we've been building channel letters for over 30 years.
Our letters are made of aluminum, with the backs and returns being welded together. We use quality plexiglass for the letter faces and can implement either LED or neon. Some letters have specially colored faces, which is achieved by using translucent colored, or printed vinyls. Our channel letter fabrication methods, including all wiring and electrical components meet UL standards. We can meet any code requirements set forth by local government or landlords.