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How To Get The Lighting Right on Building Signs

Here’s a thought for your next building sign: dual-lit channel letters on a backer panel.

Dual-lit Channel Letter Sign with Backer Panel

A building sign can be illuminated in a variety of ways: this one uses three of them.



Reliable and energy-efficient LEDs illuminate both the front and rear faces of each channel letter element. The front faces are made of translucent polycarbonate available in any color you choose, allowing your logo to be faithfully rendered. With the rear faces being clear, the LEDs shine through creating a halo glow around each letter.
 
Each element is mounted on a backer panel. The distance from the panel that the letters are mounted will determine the intensity and size of the glow. And the panel itself will be designed to assure the desired color and refectivity. It will assure the desired color contrast to your logo regardless of the building’s exterior surface. The backer panel also serves as a “wireway,” allowing the installer to minimize the number of connections to the building’s electrical service.

The sign’s illumination can be regulated with a building timer, or with a photocell to automatically power the sign when it gets dark.

channel letter diagram

Channel letter diagram



There are a good number of options to consider in designing an illuminated building sign. Your professional sign company will work with your designers, or create your signs straight out of your imagination. Call Signwave at 631.761.9292 to get started with a free consultation.

Vehicle Graphics FAQ

So you want to turn your vehicle into a 24-hour-a-day billboard for your business but you’re not sure what that involves? Maybe you want to change the color of your personal car, or add some design elements to your motorcycle or boat? Below are a few of the most common questions we get when someone wants to know where to begin with vehicle graphics.

Fleet of service trucks with consistent brandingBox Truck Graphicsclean branding on the hood of each car in the fleetRetro Vinyl Graphics on a food truck

What are vehicle graphics?

We generally get two kinds of vehicle graphic requests: wraps and lettering. A wrap is created by printing with brilliant latex inks onto a specialized vinyl, then laminating it for longevity before applying it with pressure and heat to large sections of the vehicle. Wraps cover all the underlying paint so they can change the entire look of the vehicle. They’re a lot of fun and highly customizable. You can even cover windows with wrap vinyl; it’s a special perforated vinyl that gives the impression of a solid design from the outside, but you can see out from inside. Some wrap vinyl is created with specialty colors and finishes like color shifts, pearlized, matte finish, metallics, or even textures.

Lettering is done by cutting the designs out of a long-lasting, solid colored vinyl that is then transferred precisely onto the surface of your car, usually on the doors, rear, or windows. It’s a cost-effective way to use vinyl to customize your vehicle without everything that goes into a full wrap.

We can do full wraps, partial wraps, and combinations of wraps and lettering. As a custom sign shop, it’s our job to help you create exactly what you want.

How long do they last?

Most vinyls are guaranteed for two years with reasonable care. In our experience it can last much longer than that, especially if you care for your wrap properly. More on that later.

Can it be removed, and will it damage my paint?

Wraps can be removed and will not damage your paint, as long as the paint is in good condition at the time of wrapping. Most people find that the wrap protects the underlying paint.

Can you create a design for me?

You better believe it. Our experienced creative team will work with you to create the design that speaks your message best. Whether you just want to change the color of your car, or shout to the world that your business is out there and ready to serve, if you can dream it we can create it.

How much does it cost?

It depends! (You knew that was the answer, right?) Square footage, the amount of design, complexity of the install, all these contribute to the cost. All you need to do is call us or, better yet, bring your vehicle on over to our shop and we’ll get all the information we need to provide you a quote. And please don’t hesitate to tell us when you’re working in a budget, because we are happy to offer you what works best for your wallet.

How long does it take to install?

A large van will take about 2 days, where a small van or sedan would take a day. If you have graphics on your vehicle already that need to be removed, we’ll account for that in our time estimate.

How do I care for a wrapped vehicle?

Don’t wash a freshly applied graphic for at least the first week. Hand washing is best, but you can run it through a car wash if you wish. We do NOT recommend ever power washing any kind of adhesive graphics as they may lift and begin to pull away from the surface. Parking inside will help increase the longevity of your graphics, if possible.

Call Signwave at 631-761-9292 or stop by and see us. We’d love to answer your questions in person and get you started with a beautiful and profitable vehicle wrap today!

 

 

Property sign for Brentmako, Long Island, NY

What kinds of signs do you need for your business?

There are so many types of signage that appear inside and outside of office buildings, commercial properties, hospitals and campuses. Each one gives an impression to all who work and visit there. What is your property signage saying? Let’s look at a few of the many ways your signage can help give your property appeal – or turn your visitors away:

Employee Entrance sign

Employee Entrance sign at Designatronics

Wayfinding and directional.

Are all parking lot entrances and exits clearly marked? Are the signs visible from the road, and from enough distance to assure drivers know where to turn in? Are the signs durable and attractive? Once in the parking lot, do visitors know how to navigate to the parking area and building entrance they need?

Exterior building signs.

Northport Wellness Center outdoor directory sign

Outdoor directory sign for a Medical Center in Northport, NY

Is the property management company clearly identified? Is branding of anchor tenants clearly visible? Is window signage used in attractive ways? Is all signage in compliance with local regulations?

A&E logo wall graphics

A&E logo closeup

Lobby signage.

Is there a directory of tenants that allows visitors to know how to reach their destination? Are all appropriate safety signs displayed? Is all signage in compliance with the Americans With Disabilities Act? Are elevators, staircases and public facilities clearly marked?

We can help with a sitewide audit of your signage to make sure it is doing all it can to make your property shine. Fill out our contact form, or give us a call at (631)761-9292.

Installation of custom-branded changeable letter sign

Changeable Letter Sign For Dairy Queen

Franchisees need precision in following specifications to assure that their signage is exactly aligned with brand requirements. In Dairy Queen’s case, it means Lexan sign faces with translucent black vinyl and faithful renders of their their logos and brand. The changeable letter sign has rails so the backlit lettering can be easily swapped out depending on the special of the day. Read more

Safety Signs

Safety Signs

The Robert J. McMahon Children’s Center, part of the SCO Family of Services, is a residential center for children and adolescents with special needs. As part of their recent capital improvement program, they installed playground equipment throughout the grounds to provide a fun recreational outlet for their residents. The equipment went in without a hitch but one thing was missing – the signage to help ensure that the residents would enjoy a safe and injury-free environment.

Enter Signwave. We consulted with the facilities staff and did a complete site survey to determine the optimal placement, size, color, and content of all of the safety signage for their playground equipment throughout the property. We designed the iconography and text for maximum readability while assuring the look would be complementary to their existing site signage and branding.

We fabricated the signs using .040 aluminum with rounded corners to assure that there would be no sharp edges to snag on people or clothing. We printed with bright, long-lasting latex inks on calendared vinyl, and laminated it to assure protection against the harsh outdoor conditions. We acquired the specialty hardware needed to secure these signs to the chain link fences, posts and walls at the facility. Our installation crew was onsite and the project completed in a week from initial engagement.

Need to post rules for safety? Let’s make sure your signs take all of the details into consideration. Schedule an on-site review and ask us to review materials and mounting options with you.

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