Custom Signs | Dallas TX
For those businesses who want to literally put their name up in lights with custom signs in Dallas, channel letters are a great option.
Standard channel letters, the most common, are the face-lit variety seen all over the Metroplex. These individual units are composed of an aluminum container in the shape of a letter or logo, a plexiglass face and a plastic edging, or trimcap. A wide variety of plastic face colors - as well as the option for vinyl graphics - means customers can easily match their business's colors.
We also regularly supply and install reverse channel letters. Reverse channel letters are produced with aluminum faces and returns. The illuminated variety of these letters are mounted away from the wall so a halo forms behind the letters. A clear polycarbonate back prevents birds and other animals from nesting inside the letter and aids in the lighting effect.
Lesser known open channel letters (with clear faces and viewable neon), are yet another possibility of custom signs.
Who uses Channel Letters? Most channel letter users are using these custom signs at night. This makes sense for businesses that are high profile or open after dark. Restaurants, stores, clubs, bars and retailers are all good candidates. Many large companies want their name known and these custom signs do exactly that. Businesses that only work during the day are much less likely to use or need illuminated channel letters.
For customers who do desire illumination there are 2 light sources: Neon and LED. Neon, traditionally less expensive to make, is found in all the older installations. Neon signage has been around since 1910 and was popular from the 1920 through the 1960s. However, neon is disappearing rapidly from the sign scene.
LED technology has advanced greatly of late and pricing is coming down quickly. This is leading to neon's potential demise. Also, neon requires a high voltage transformer and high energy consumption. Properly made, neon will last for 20-30 years, but some neon is much older. It comes in a range of colors and the shapes are made to fit. The tube diameters are typically 15 mm. Smaller tubes require more power to produce the same light. The tube diameters have driven the width on channel letters in the past. Channel letters are typically not narrow and avoid fine points and curves because the neon supporting these cannot conform to these shapes.
Neon is an art form and there is a nostalgic renaissance occurring as the mainstream uses disappear. It does have a beauty hard to replicate.
Custom LED signs have a number of advantages. They consume less electricity, they are smaller, they can be brighter, they are not fragile and they do not require the bending skills of neon. The return is they are easier to get, use and are taking over as a light source in channel letters.
Channel letters can be far more than just individual sign cans mounted to a wall. We also assist customers who need to have these letters mounted to raceways, wireways or background panels to meet city code, landlord criteria or simply to enhance visibility. We even create custom pole signs and monument signs that incorporate channel letters into the overall design.