Internally illuminated LED cabinet signs are used to display a company’s branding during the day and light it up for optimal visibility at night. They may also be known as wall or box signs. These signs are popularly used by offices, retail outlets, stores, and other commercial establishments, irrespective of their size.
What is an Internally Illuminated LED Cabinet Sign?
An internally illuminated LED cabinet sign is a large-sized sign used for branding. It is one of the oldest forms of signage that still finds a place in the modern world. Cabinet signs are primarily meant for displaying the logo or brand name of a business, store, or outlet. There are LED lights behind the front panel for illuminating the branding during the night. Internally illuminated LED cabinet signs are designed to be extremely durable as compared to other retail signs. Most of them are generally used in the outdoors and hung using retainers, fasteners, brackets, or poles.
Construction of an Internally Illuminated LED Cabinet Sign
Internally illuminated LED cabinet signs are rectangular in shape and range anywhere from 2’x4’ to 12’x12’. Many manufacturers may provide larger signs for custom orders. They are thicker (deeper) as compared to other types of signage. Their heavier weight allows them to stay steady in windy weather. As fluorescent tubes were the preferred source of illumination before LEDs became popular, they required more space for installation and heat dissipation. Therefore, internally illuminated LED cabinet signs were 1-feet thick (deep). However, modern signs can be just a few inches thick as they use LEDs that don’t require as much space for installation. They also run cooler and can dissipate heat efficiently in a smaller area. Cabinet signs have multiple rows or columns of LED strips behind the face panel. It provides adequate illumination for the sign. A diffuser may be used for ensuring uniform illumination and eliminating hotspots.
The exterior frame of an internally illuminated LED cabinet sign is made from aluminum. It is rust-proof, lightweight, and exceptionally durable. It can be coated with paint according to the branding requirements of the customers or left as it is. Cabinet signs may also use a steel frame when strength is a primary requirement. While aluminum is durable, it is not as strong as steel. On the other hand, steel signs may rust over time and must be painted regularly. Aluminum is still the preferred material of most manufacturers and consumers when it comes to internally illuminated LED cabinet signs.
Front Panel of an Internally Illuminated LED Cabinet Sign
The face or graphics panel of an internally illuminated LED cabinet sign contains the design, logo, or branding. It is generally made of Lexan or other similar translucent materials. Traditional signs used opaque materials for front panels as they did not use internal illumination. However, internally illuminated LED cabinet signs require a translucent front panel for allowing the light to pass through and light up the logo, graphics, or brand name.
Their face may be flat or pan-formed as per the design requirements. A pan-formed face has a 3-D shape achieved through molding, embossing, or debossing. Most manufacturers design their internally illuminated LED cabinet signs with a replaceable face panel. There is no need to rebuild the sign completely as you can just change its face panel with a new one. It can be cost-effective in the long run if you plan to replace the sign often.
Internally Illuminated LED Cabinet Signs Mounting Styles
Internally illuminated LED cabinet signs can be mounted via different methods. The right method will depend on the installation space available and the requirements of the store. Some of the popular mounting styles are listed below.
Pedestal mounts are among the most popular mounting styles for internally illuminated LED cabinet signs. A single or pair of pedestals are constructed from concrete, and the sign is mounted on top of them. It is suitable for large and heavy cabinet signs, especially those that are mounted at a height. The sign will not sway with the wind and stay strong for years to come. Pedestal mounts are used when the cabinet sign has to be installed on the ground.
Pole mounts are an alternative to pedestal mounts. The poles are fabricated from a material like steel or iron, and the sign is mounted on the top. They are suitable when the internally illuminated LED cabinet sign has to be installed at some height for enhancing its visibility. A single or pair of poles may be used depending on the weight of the sign. A single pole mount is installed at the center of the bottom surface of the sign. When using two pole mounts, each of them is placed at the respective ends of the bottom surface. Pole mounts are generally used for installing cabinet signs into the ground.