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QALite manufactures all of channel letters in-house using computerized, state-of the-art equipment, not imprecise hand tools. We use a CNC router to cut the letters and an Accubend channel letter machine to bend them. Our high-quality construction practices ensure water can't get inside to damage the lighting and that your sign will last for years.

Front-Lit CHannel Letters

The most common type of Channel Lettering, made of aluminium or stainless steel with inner illumination

Reverse-Lit Channel Letters

Also know as halo-lit channel letters, letter are lit from the back, creating a glow onto the wall

Front / Back-Lit Channel Letters

Combines properties of Front-Lit and reverse-lit, double illuminations creates noticeable, contagious appearance

Open-Lit Channel Letters

Also known as exposed neon channel letters (not typically LED), sign face is either clear or nonexistent so neon tubing is exposed

Channel letters come in 4 basic configurations:

  • Front Lit
  • Reverse Lit (or “halo lit”)
  • Front/Back Lit
  • Open Face

Front lit channel letters are the most common letter configuration. As the title implies, this letter type emits illumination only from the front (face) of the letters.

Front lit letters are also called “standard” channel letters.

Reverse lit channel letters emit illumination only from the back of the letters. Reverse lit channel letters have sealed faces, and the illumination forms behind these letters. Reverse channel letters are also called “halo lit” letters.

Front/back lit letters produce illumination from both the front and back of the letters, giving them a dynamic and dramatic appearance.

Last, open face channel letters are less common but can have a spectacular impact in the right location. Open Face letters are open only at the face, and have a thinner return (3” instead of the usual 5”.)

Channel letters are typically illuminated with LED, but neon is still utilized periodically. Either can be a viable illumination option, depending on the circumstances. Please see our Illumination page for further information.

Non-illuminated channel letters are also sometimes specified. They are less common than illuminated letters but are perfectly appropriate for certain applications.

Channel letters are typically mounted in one of two ways: flush mount or raceway. Flush mounted channel letters are affixed directly to the substrate of the building. Raceway mounted channel letters are affixed to a rectangular structure called a “raceway”, and the raceway is then mounted to the surface of the building. Raceway mounting has the advantage of fewer mounting holes.

Overall, channel letters can be an attractive and compelling form of electrical signage.