Any sign that has a lighting component is an illuminated sign. The lighting element can vary and can include neon lighting, filament lighting or, increasingly, LED lighting. Illuminated signs are used both externally and internally and research indicates they create a strong impact in the viewer than non-illuminated signs.
There are many different forms of illuminated signs – and these vary depending on the construction methods used. Choosing the correct version for any sign will depend upon use, budget and required impact – a specialist illuminated signmaker will help you choose the best option for your project.
Some of the most common types of illuminated signs
Face lit signs – A face lit sign is where the light is contained within the 3D or built up sign that glows through the translucent acrylic material on the face of the sign, giving a light up effect of the letters or logos of the company sign.
Back lit signs – Backlit signs are large format colour graphics illuminated from behind by a light source (mostly by LED)
Edge Lit Signs – An edge lit sign is a sign which is usually made of acrylic and has a bright source of light which is hidden and directed at the edge of the acrylic
External Trough Lit Signs – Often installed at heights with limited access, trough lit signs created with LEDs provide longevity and a robust, durable construction. As an alternative to illumination from ﬂuorescent tubes, LED trough lighting provides reliability and is suitable for external and internal installations.
LED signs – any sign that uses LED as its light source is defined as an LED sign.
LED Lightboxes – most often manufactured from acrylic, LED is fitted internally and print is slotted into the face of the box to create an illuminated signs or POS display.