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5 Things Every Business Owner Should Know About Custom Light Box Signs

As a business owner, you want to ensure that your business stands out from the rest. Custom light box signs, aka cabinet signs or box signs, are a great way to do that. Here are five things every business owner should know about custom light box signs:

1.) What is a light box sign?

A light box sign is a cabinet sign that uses light to illuminate the sign’s face. Box signs are one of the most popular types of signage for businesses, as they are highly visible and can be seen from a distance. These illuminated signs are especially effective at night or in low-light conditions.

Light box signs have the illumination inside with a logo or graphics printed on the outside.
Light box signs have the illumination inside with a logo or graphics printed on the outside.

2.) What are the different types of light box signs?

Two primary categories of light box signs are those designed for indoor use and those that can withstand outdoor elements.

Exterior Light Box Signs

Exterior light box signs are designed for outdoor use and are typically made from weather-resistant materials. These signs are often illuminated with LED lights, which consume less energy than traditional incandescent bulbs.

Outdoor light box signs come is all different styles, shapes and sizes – We specialize in custom designs.
Outdoor lightbox signs come in different styles, shapes, and sizes – We specialize in custom designs.

Exterior cabinet signs can be mounted on the side of a building or a freestanding pole.

Outdoor signs are typically larger than indoor signs, as they need to be visible from further away.

Indoor Light Box Signs

Indoor light box signs are typically used for lobby signs, posters, point-of-purchase displays, trade show booths, or other indoor applications. Light box signs can be made from a variety of materials, including acrylic, glass, plastic, or metal, but since they are inside, they do not need to be as weather resistant as outdoor signs.

An indoor business light box sign like this for Concours Motors help give customers the confidence they are in the right place.
An indoor business sign like this for Concours Motors help give customers the confidence they are in the right place.

Wall Mounted

Wall-mounted light box signs are fixed to a wall or the side of a building. These signs are often used in markets, retail stores, restaurants, and businesses. Lit up either indoors or out, they are an effective way to advertise your business branding or promotional message to your target audience.

A simple standard light box sign with illumination makes all the difference – and they are afforable.
A simple standard sign with illumination makes all the difference – and they are afforable.

Pole Mounted

Pole-mounted lighted box signs are mounted on a pylon or posts. Often called pylon signs, these outdoor signs are often used along roadways, parking lots, and at the entrance of businesses. Typically they include shopping malls, hotels, car dealerships, and restaurants trying to reach people driving by.

Outdoor lightboxes mounted on poles stand out, especially for businesses near the freeway.

Before moving into the old Carrows space, Black Bear Diner hired us to install their outdoor light box sign onto an existing pole sign. Using an existing structure makes everything go much more smoothly and saves on costs.

Projecting Signs

Projecting light box signs, aka illuminated blade signs, typically feature led lighting and, because of their short setbacks, are applied in areas like downtown and shopping malls with heavy pedestrian traffic.

Projecting signs like this outdoor light box is great advertising to passersby for Roberta's Restaurant in Studio City, CA.
Projecting signs like this outdoor light box is great advertising to passersby for Roberta’s Restaurant in Studio City, CA.

A good example of this is Roberta’s restaurant sign that sits outside the door leading customers to “come on in!”

Monument Signs

Monument signs are generally freestanding, double-sided, and often illuminated with outdoor lightboxes. These signs are made from various materials like brick, stone, metal, wood, or acrylic, faced with an aluminum composite, or can even be mounted on poles.

Monument signs are found in shopping malls, schools, churches, office parks, and businesses.

When Trek Bikes moved in, they had us add their signage to the bottom of an existing shopping mall sign.
When Trek Bikes moved in, they had us add their signage to the bottom of an existing shopping mall sign.

3.) What are lighted box signs made from?

The face of the sign is typically made from acrylic, plexiglass, or metal, while the sides and back are usually made from aluminum.

However, many other materials can be considered depending on the application and exposure to the elements.

Check out the signage from Transmission Brewing at night. It easily gets the customers attention.
Check out the signage from Transmission Brewing at night. It easily gets the customer’s attention.

Take this sign for Transmission Brewing. It’s one of many single-sided backlit signs we did using outdoor lightboxes and front-lit channel letters. It’s made from acrylic and extruded aluminum. The logo and letters are lit using regular bulbs and led lights.

4.) What types of lighting are used for light box signs?

Two of the most popular lighting technologies for light box signs are LED and fluorescent lamps. Unlike backlit signs like channel letters, a light box sign lights up the entire sign.

LED Lights

LED (light emitting diode) technology has many advantages over traditional lighting sources such as incandescent, fluorescent, and metal halide. LEDs are more energy efficient, have a longer life span, and produce little heat. These features make LED illumination ideal for light box signs – commonly called a led box sign

Fluorescent Lighting

Fluorescent lights are commonly used in light box signs because they are inexpensive and provide good illumination. In fact, fluorescent lights diffuse light better than LED lamps. They even out the light over the entire backlit display. Even though they don’t last as long as LED lighting, they are more cost-effective when replacing the bulbs.

Another advantage of fluorescent lights is that they provide a warmer glow than LED bulbs. So, if you feel your poster or graphics are more accurately shown in warm light, then it’s something worth considering.

Simple yet effective to get your brand noticed – Easy to maintain with replacement flourescent bulbs.
Simple yet effective to get your brand noticed – Easy to maintain with replacement fluorescent bulbs.

You often find fluorescent bulbs in older signs, like outdoor signage in strip malls. They have been around forever and are inexpensive to replace or update when a new tenant moves in compared to other sign types.

5.) What are the most popular ways light box signs are used?

There are many uses for light box signs, such as branding and advertising for businesses, offices, restaurants, retail stores, events, trade shows, and more.

If you’re looking for a way to improve your business’s visibility and attract more customers – a light box sign may be the perfect solution.

Light Box Signs for Business

Businesses use outdoor lighted signs for a number of reasons. They can be used to attract attention to a business’s products or services, to advertise sales or specials, or to simply make the business more visible.

The Kimpton Goodland Hotel light box sign in Goleta, CA.
The Kimpton Goodland Hotel light box sign in Goleta, CA.

Storefront Light Box Signs

If you want to make your storefront more appealing to customers, invest in beautiful outdoor lightboxes—custom signs that help you spread the word and reach your target audience. Whether you want to replace an existing sign or looking for options in custom designs, our outdoor lighted signs go a long way in helping increase customer traffic and visibility for your business.

Get your customers attention both day and night with outdoor lightboxes.
Get your customers attention both day and night with outdoor lightboxes.

Restaurant Signs

There are many different types of restaurant signs, each with its unique purpose and style. Restaurant lightbox signs are a popular sign that commonly uses led lights to illuminate the restaurant’s brand or promotional message.

Striking designs like this one from Finney's are a great source of advertising in a crowded downtown space.
Striking designs like this one from Finney’s are a great source of advertising in a crowded downtown space.

Finney’s outdoor sign, pictured here, combines several sign technologies to make a lasting impression. The custom options include front-lit and back-lit channel letters, led lights, neon, and an outdoor lightbox for “& Kitchen.”

Located downtown, this sign will definitely get the customer’s attention up and down the block.

Directory Signs

Office buildings, shopping malls, and other commercial complexes often use directory signs to help visitors find their way. These signs are typically freestanding or mounted on the wall and list the businesses in the building by name and suite number.

Dover Community Center business directory sign uses outdoor lightboxes so they can be seen at night.
Dover Community Center business directory sign uses outdoor lightboxes so they can be seen at night.

Light box signs are a great option for directories because they can be easily updated when tenants change. Just print out the new name of the business and slide it in – it’s that easy!

Event Signs

Whether you’re hosting a small gathering or a large convention, event signs help promote your event and assist attendees with finding their way around. Light box signs are commonly used for this purpose because they can be placed just about anywhere and quickly illuminate an area.

Pylon Signs

A pylon sign is a freestanding sign that is typically used to identify businesses, especially gas stations, restaurants, and hotels.

Gas stations use pylon signs since they are highly visible and can get the customers attention while driving.
Gas stations use pylon signs since they are highly visible and can get the customers attention while driving.

Pylon signs can be very effective in promoting businesses, as they are highly visible and difficult to miss.

In addition, pylon signs can be customized to include information such as gas prices, vacancies, or other valuable messages to people driving by. As a result, pylon signs are an essential part of many businesses’ branding and marketing efforts.

Shopping Mall Signs

Mall signs are a type of directory sign that is found in shopping malls. These signs list the stores in the mall by name and often include wayfinding information.

Most shopping malls use lightboxes since they are so easy to update with tenants change.
Most shopping malls use lightboxes since they are so easy to update with tenants change.

Like other directory signs, light box signs are an excellent option for malls because they can be easily updated when tenants change. Plus, the bright lights make it easy for shoppers to find their way around the mall.

Theater Marquee Signs

A marquee sign is a lightbox sign commonly found in front of movie theaters. Marquee signs typically display the movie titles and showtimes.

In addition to being eye-catching, marquee signs are also very effective in promoting movies and driving ticket sales.

High-quality marquee lightbox signs really make an impact by generating excitement around the event.
High-quality marquee lightbox signs really make an impact by generating excitement around the event.

Check out the signage we created for the Gary Marshall Theatre in Burbank, California. It includes outdoor lightboxes for the marquee, logo, and illuminated movie poster boxes along the outside of the building. The quality of the signage is phenomenal.

Gas Station & Convenience Store Signs

Most gas stations and convenience stores use lightbox signs. These signs are usually mounted on poles, which makes them easily noticeable to people driving by at a high rate of speed. This is a great way to advertise your business and attract customers.

Clean modern signs on the outside give the impression of a clean modern inside - attract customers with the right message.
Clean, modern signs on the outside give the impression of a clean, modern inside – attract customers with the right message.

Trade Show Signs

Whether exhibiting at a trade show or setting up a booth, trade show signs help you stand out from the crowd and attract attention to your products or services. Lightboxes are commonly used for this purpose because they can be placed just about anywhere and quickly illuminate your brand message.

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Dave’s Signs provides custom signs to those in Ventura, Santa Barbara, and Los Angeles counties and businesses across the nation.

For the past two decades, Dave’s Signs has been designing, fabricating, and installing high-quality signs and graphics. We pride ourselves on meeting and exceeding the expectations of our clients. For any signage needs you have – whether a small storefront sign or a more complicated installation, Dave’s Signs is always eager to provide the outstanding service we are known for.

Contact Dave’s Signs with Your Questions about Lighted Signs

Dave’s Signs provides custom signs to those in Ventura, Santa Barbara, and Los Angeles counties and businesses across the nation – we ship nationwide.

For the past two decades, Dave’s Signs has been designing, fabricating, and installing high-quality signs and graphics. We pride ourselves on meeting and exceeding the expectations of our clients. For any signage needs you have – whether a small storefront sign or a more complicated sign system with installation, Dave’s Signs is always eager to provide the outstanding service and quality we are known for.

Whether you have a small boutique downtown or national sign account - call us. We can help.
Whether you have a small boutique downtown or national sign account – call us. We can help.

Contact Dave’s Signs with Your Questions about Lighted Signs

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Contact us with your sign questions at (805) 641-1387‬ or reach out to us online. We are always happy to help.

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