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5 Things to Know About Lighting Indoor Signage

Bright and efficient lighting is absolutely essential for most outdoor signs, but it is also a great idea for many indoor signs as well. The right kind of modern sign lighting makes important signage visible and easy to read without making much of an increase in your store's energy bills.

Yet the best type of lighting and placement of the lights varies depending on the type of sign you're installing and the details of its design. Use these five tips to make sure you're lighting your indoor signage in the most affordable and effective way at the same time.

1. Back Lighting Is Most Popular

Whether you want to install a large architectural sign displaying your company's name or a simple light box to show off product photos, back lighting will work to make the colors shine. Since many retail and restaurant environments feature relatively low lighting, back lighting is a good idea because it provides even and consistent illumination for important signage.

2. Side Lighting Also Works Well

For a more dramatic look, consider applying lighting to the sides of a sign instead for an eye-catching halo effect. Side lighting is easier than ever thanks to flexible LED strips that conform to wrap around letters, corners, and other sign details with minimal installation work. LED sign lighting is also ideal for halo and side lighting techniques because they're available in practically any color and can be programmed to even change colors.

Another form of side lighting appropriate for indoor use is known as edge lighting. This style is used on light boxes that contain printed images or text that need plenty of illumination. These displays are usually back lit, but using LEDs for edge lighting shines the light directly across the surface for a bright look and a thinner display.

3. Code Compliance May Apply

Even if you prefer non-illuminated signage for the interior of your business or building, you'll likely need at least a few lighted signs for important features like emergency exits and bathrooms. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and local building and safety codes all specify the size, color, and illumination level of these essential safety related signs. Check all applicable codes before deciding how to light these particular forms of interior signage.

4. LEDs Work Best for All Uses

Regardless of the type of interior sign you need or the way you want to light it, LED lights are most likely your best option. Strips and bars of individual LEDs provide plenty of even light in any color you prefer while using the least electricity of all modern lighting methods. They work well outdoors, too, thanks to moisture and damage resistance, so they can definitely handle the challenges of indoor use.

LEDs also make retrofitting older signs and lights relatively easy. You can also redesign your sign's lighting while you're in the process of adding LEDs to add color or adjust how bright each sign appears to customers.

5. Fluorescent Is Still Available

If you already have an older light box for displaying a map or a backlit architectural wall sign, it likely relies on the fluorescent tubes that were commonly installed before LEDs became widely available. You can replace these older lights with LEDs to save energy, but it's also acceptable to simply replace and repair the existing fluorescent lights instead.

Fluorescent bulbs are still less energy demanding than incandescent or neon assemblies, but they are still available.

Ready to dress up the interior of your business with indoor signs that shine? Talk to our sign experts here at Grant Signs DP Industries LLC to start the process of adding indoor signage complete with lighting.