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Please investigate some of the following examples:

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    Allied Signs can build you a Channel Letter sign. What are Channel Letters? These are individually fabricated letters that are common in shopping centers and mini malls. They are often times preferred by the retail industry, because they represent a business with permanence versus a simple panel sign. There popularity comes from shopping oriented suburbia America, were retail stores are expected to look new, crisp, with consistent uniformity and architecturally defined. 

Investigate some versions of channel letters.
     
         Lighted Channel Letter - These are letters that have a 3" to 5" deep aluminum cabinet shaped to the letter with LED modules inside and a translucent plastic face with 1" trimcap. The effect is the letter lights up at night.
     
         
  Non Lighted Channel Letter - These are letters that have a 3" to 5" deep cabinet shaped to the letter and a translucent plastic face with 1" trimcap. There is no inside lighting.
     
       
  Reverse Channel Letter - These are letters that have a 5" deep cabinet shaped to the letter but the backside is open. There is inside lighting with neon or LED modules  mounted to the clear polycarbonate backs. The backs attach to the wall, then the letter is attached to the back. This gives the letter a hallow lighting effect.
     
       
  Channel Logo - Logos too complicated to make as a channel letter may be still made as a separate canister, just using a simple outline of the logo. Then the complicated version of the logo is applied in vinyl to the plastic face of the sign. It is still 5" deep like the channel letters and can be internally lit also.
     
       
  Channel Bars - A Channel Bar usually coincides with channel letters, but has subcopy or a slogan in vinyl applied to its face. It is still 5" deep like the channel letters and can be internally lit also. This helps to reduce the cost of the overall sign versus making individual letters on subcopy.
     
 
Investigate some Installation Options
       
  Direct Wall Mount Installation - The Channel letters can be install directly to the facia of a store front. If the channel letters have internal lighting, this requires hidden transformer boxes and high voltage pass-thru's from the letter outside to the interior behind the store front. This installation looks cleaner from the front side, but requires 2 holes per letter through the building facia. Some land lords do not allow this type of installation.
     
       
  Raceway Installation - The Channel letters can be installed onto a raceway, ie. basically a 7" deep aluminum box that runs the entire length of the total lettering. This makes it so that all high voltage wiring and transformers are inside of the aluminum box. Then the box simply installs to the facia of a store front, with one hole for electrical service protruding through the facia. The raceway usually is painted the same color as the store front facia, so that it does not detract from the letters. This form of installation is required by some land lords that have regular tenant turn around.
     

  There are many colors available to use with the letters - check it out!

  • Canisters - check out stock colors of precoated aluminum by Wrisco
  • Plex Faces - check out plastic colors available by Acrylite
  • Trimcap - check out trim colors available by Wagner Jewelite

If you have a logo, email it over and we can discuss the best way to convert it to a channel letter. Allied Signs would be happy to submit a design for you similar to the example below!

       

 

by

Anthony Garcia

Email: webmaster

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