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Guide To Channel Letters In Orange County CA

One of the most affordable ways to advertise your business and catch the eyes of consumers 24 hours a day, seven days a week is to install channel letter signs. Fortunately, Caliber Signs & Imaging is your full-service sign shop for channel letter design, manufacturing, and mounting. In addition, you are sure to find the perfect solution for your building among our wide array of alternatives. Let’s take a closer look at some of these.


These are the channel letters we get the most requests for:


Front-Lit Channel Letters – The standard front-lit channel letter sign is the most popular option in Orange County. Frames in the shape of your preferred typeface are created by routing high gauge aluminum with deep returns and smoothly welded edges. Since it is durable and rust-resistant, aluminum is our preferred material for channel letter frames. The light shines through the acrylic faces of the letters.


Open Face Channel Letters – Open face channel letters do not actually have open faces though they do appear to. They get their name because you can easily see the internal lighting source through the clear acrylic faces. At night, this creates a sophisticated look.


Reverse Lit Channel Letters – Commonly referred to as halo lit channel letters, these signs have an open back through which light shines creating a distinguished halo effect on the wall the letters are mounted to. The entire housing of these letters is made of aluminum.


Backlit Channel Letters – You get backlit channel letters when you combine reverse lit channel letter signs with front lit channel letter signs. That is, there is light shining out of the acrylic faces of these letters as well as light coming out of the back to create a halo around the letters.


The main illumination source for channel letters used to be neon tubing. Several different lights are produced by using different gasses in neon signs. However, there are downsides to neon. For example, when it is cold outside, neon lights tend to grow dim. Also, neon tubes require more frequent maintenance, and they consume more energy.

When you use LEDs for channel letter signs, you can get brilliant lighting in any environment. That is why LEDs are slowly replacing neon as the illumination option of choice for channel letters. They last for up to ten years of continuous use and are extremely efficient. So, you save on maintenance and electricity costs.

In many instances, you may also prefer channel letters in Orange County, CA that are not illuminated. We can help you out with those as well.


We can install your channel letters directly to the façade of your building, or they can be mounted on a raceway first then installed on your venue. When you want to limit the amount of drilling on the exterior of your building, raceways are the better choice. But, you get a cleaner look from direct-mounted letters.

Contact Caliber Signs & Imaging today if you are ready to stand out with channel letters in Orange County, CA.