Front Lit Channel Letters

There are 5 main components to a front lit letter:

  1. The Back: usually .040” aluminum
  2. The Return: the side of the letter, usually 5” deep .040” aluminum. This material comes standard in a wide range of colors, but can also be custom painted
  3. The Face: 3/16” white or colored acrylic
  4. Trimcap: The band that attaches the face to the return. This material comes in a range of standard colors that match or contrast the return and can can be custom painted as well
  5. Illumination: LED lights are the most common, but there are many different options
Channel letter sign
Front lit channel letters are the most common type of channel letter. A sign using this lettering features lights that illuminate through the face of letters, a logo, or other shapes. This is accomplished by using a translucent acrylic face, colored or with a vinyl overlay, and a form of internal illumination. The light source can be LED, Neon, Fluorescent, or almost any other form of lighting.

Another trend uses all of these elements except the face, leaving the letters ‘open’ and the light source—commonly neon or incandescent bulbs—exposed.

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