Backlit Film Printing The Eco-friendly Way

An eye-catching, large format display typically used for restaurant menu boards, movie

posters, and trade show displays, the advertising backlit film is also sometimes known as a light box display. It’s

basically an image printed on film and placed on a frame with a light inside. Doing this

makes the photo or image more noticeable and appealing. There are, of course, various

materials and processes used to make these backlit displays but at SLB Printing, we do it

the eco-friendly way.

By focusing on using environmentally-sound consumable materials and processes. When we

print our backlit films, we use high-quality, recyclable HP Backlit Polyester Film. This

matte-finish material is water resistant and can be laminated, which makes it more durable

and longer-lasting even for outdoor use. Because they’re recyclable and from HP, these

reverse print backlit film 125 micro are also eligible for HP’s free

recycling service, a project that helps reduce environmental impact. In addition to using

recyclable film, we also use eco-friendly latex inks from HP. In fact, these water-based

inks were not only recognized by the Business Equipment Research & Test Laboratories

(BERTL) as the “Best Innovaion in Environmentally Friendly Inks” but they’re safe to

use without special ventilation, too. This means that they won’t adversely affect our

health. As for our printing process, the ink and films go through our large-format eco-

friendly printers. The printers we use are very energy-efficient and contain parts that

are either recyclable or reusable. But don’t think that all this energy saving means we

work slower. The printers we use are performers and we are as well.

Eco-friendly and more While we do take pride in our high quality prints and eco-

friendly printing process and materials, we’re also pleased that our (yes, eco-friendly)

staff are also people-friendly. We do our best to attend to our clients’ needs, whether

they want a backlit film or banner printed out, all while adhering to a same-day

production policy (in by 10 a.m. out by 4 p.m.). Having a backlit film display made for

your business will do wonders in getting the word out in a beautiful, eye-catching way. “

Going green” with your printing is a step towards establishing yourself as an

environmentally-conscious business (which is admittedly a bigger deal now than say, 50 or

30 years ago), and a way to help reduce waste and pollution and encourage sustainability.

However, “going green” with SLB Printing’s backlit film printing ensures that you do

just that without sacrificing quality and customer service.

In brief: Eco-friendly backlit film printing is a way for us to both show that we care

for our

environment, our staff, our businesses and our clients. With so much wastage and

pollution all over these days, it seems like a shame to squander any opportunity to “go

green”. After all, even the smallest positive change we make can contribute to saving our

planet or just making it a cleaner, more sustainable place to live. One change you can do

as a business owner is to consider environmentally-friendly printing services. If you’re

planning on advertising your products, you really can’t go wrong with

reverse print backlit film 150 micro and going about it with a smaller

carbon footprint is even better.

There are many options in today's digital world when selecting the right media for

your wide format inkjet backlit application. Understanding your application needs, and the

differences between substrates, is key to selecting a backlit media that will make your

signage radiant.

One of the main points to understand is the 'visual temperature of a material. The

'visual temperature' can fall anywhere on the spectrum between cool and warm and

is determined by the amount of blue (cool) or red (warm) undertone the material has. This

is also often referred to as the "white point". 'White point'

specifically indicates the level of blue within the film. The more blue, the cooler the

white and the "whiter" it looks. The higher the level of red within the film,

the warmer and more yellow the film will appear.

When determining the visual temperature, you can look at the color index of a material

to see where on the spectrum the media falls. The color index is simply a numerical

expression that determines the color of an object. As a printer, you will see this in the

graphic files when selecting or adjusting a color. You will see it depicted in a L, a, b


In figure 1.1, the color index differences between "cool white" and

"warm white" are difficult to see in a digital format such as a web article,

therefore, we have used the blue in circled area of the Tekra logo as an example. With the

lightness value being 49, we can tell that this is a pretty centered color depth between

light and dark. We can also tell that the material is more green than it is red, as the

'a' value is 12 points below zero and the color is considerably more blue in hue

than it is yellow being 46 points below zero in the 'b' value. Understanding how

to read this report will help you better estimate the tone of white a material will

project when backlit.

When selecting a inkjet printing reverse backlit film for your

wide format inkjet backlit application, you will primarily be concerned with the amount of

red and blue. For a whiter appearance, you will want the 'b' value to have lower

negative value and for a warmer appearance, you will be looking for the yellow to have a

higher positive value.

Backlit signs for businesses are large format color graphics illuminated from behind

by a light source (mostly by LED lights today).

Backlit sign graphics have many indoor applications such as in malls, tradeshows,

kiosks, and airport displays. However, how these illuminated signs are made allows them to

also have many outdoor applications as well. They can be utilized for outdoor building

signage, bus stops, and even billboards.

With today’s modern technology, printing backlit signs on many different types of

substrates is now possible. Backlit sign printing is also more affordable now and the end

products are much more durable, so the demand for custom backlit signs has grown rapidly.

LED lighting is also a major compoent of how backlit signs are made. With LED, today’

s backlit signs stand out considerably better than when fluorescent signage was first

introduced. This makes backlit signage an easy choice for business owners who want to

raise the level of awareness for their companies.

Using interior and exterior backlit signs can improve the credibility of your business

by showing your customers that you are serious about promoting your business and are

willing to make the investment necessary to ensure your continued success.

Large backlit signs are vivid and durable when printed on translucent

reverse print backlit film for light box using high-resolution latex

ink printing, whcih is specifically designed for backlit sign applications. This method of

printing produces very bright signage. They are full of depth and have more detail and

clarity than other printing methods or ink choices.

Another important component of how backlit signs are made is Silicone Edge Graphics.

Depending on the application, Silicone Edge Graphics can be stretched around a borderless

frame once printed. This enhances the appearance of the graphic, suggesting that the

graphic is floating without the constraints of a border.

PRI Graphics would love to help you realize your creative project goals!

Do you have a custom backlit sign application in mind? We can create custom backlit

signs in almost any dimension on a variety of substrates suitable to your specific needs.

Custom printed backlit signage is excellent for promoting your next event, tradeshow

appearance, or product announcement.

Or, if you are interested in giving your existing business signage a serious facelift,

replace the panel on which your current signage is displayed and install a more

brilliantly colored, more cost effective, longer lasting, LED backlit sign version.

Whatever your decision, PRI Graphics in Phoenix AZ can help you customize a signage

solution that will enhance your business and provide a stronger promotional presence to

your customers.

PRI Graphics offers custom, large format backlit sign printing and we work closely

with businesses across the state and country to create custom printed sign solutions.

We offer high quality UV stable ink printing for all outdoor backlit signs, which help

reduce the effects of sun exposure and present your message in the best possible light.

For more information on how backlit signs are made and how you can benefit, please

call our Phoenix printing company Toll Free at 1-877-409-8889 and talk to our Arizona

printing experts.

Although there are various options available for the production of signs and digital

graphics, one particular area worth taking another look at is backlit products and

applications. This is due in large part to the recent advancements that have been made in

digital printing and media technologies, which have made it easier to produce high

quality, cost-effective backlit graphics. Another major reason to refocus on backlit

displays is the large market opportunity that POS graphics brings with it.


To meet the wide array of environments, there are a number of semi opaque media

solutions ranging in the $1.00 per square foot price range for use with aqueous

dye/pigmented printers and inks. Some reverse print films enable print providers to print

on the matte side in order to protect the image on the gloss side, making them ideal for

high quality, promotional indoor backlit signage, backlit trade show display and backlit

retail displays. Such films feature high color gamut on the viewing side, optimized

opacity for maximum color with hot spots and enable the image to look great with the

lights on or off. When looking for this type of film, choose a polyester film base for

uniform, low-grain background.

If you're looking to produce a durable sign, there are film solutions on the

market that have a waterfast coating when used with pigmented ink. In addition to

featuring a high color gamut on the viewing side, such films can be used for both frontlit

and backlit applications, and enable positive direct-print on matte surface for easy file

management. When choosing among such media options, look for a film that features

optimized opacity for maximum color without hot spots. Ideal for high quality indoor and

outdoor durable backlit signage, backlit/frontlit trade show displays and retail displays

and durable reflective signage, these options are available in approximately $1.00 per

square foot price range.efined as an electronic display that incorporates a light source

in back of a liquid-crystal or other electronic display to increase readability, backlit

displays create a compelling visual effect through backlighting white or colored

translucent graphics. Unlike many other applications, backlit displays enable the

production of bright, vivid colors that highlight the product/service being sold, and grab

the attention of potential buyers and customers.

Typically, the same customer base that buys outdoor banners also has a need for in-

store point of sale graphics. The average selling price of POS applications like backlit

displays is 75 percent greater than the average selling price per square foot of outdoor

vinyl; not to mention they are more environmentally friendly. So it then becomes a matter

of capitalizing on this opportunity by educating yourself about the various options and

newest developments in the backlit display market.

Whether you're creating backlit products for aqueous, eco solvent, solvent and UV

printing systems, there are a plethora of semi-opaque and clear film options available on

the market today.

ABC's of Backlit Display Production

To choose the appropriate option for producing graphics for light projection displays,

sign shops should first consider four critical parameters: calculation (amount), location

(where), application (how) and duration (longevity). This information will determine the

best methodology for producing the graphic and determine the appropriate type of backlit


It is recommended that signmakers use matte to textured, lustre finishes for the

construction of backlits, which are commonly imaged on polyester or polycarbonate-based

films. Polycarbonates are reverse printed and then viewed through the film or from the

non-print side. Polyester films are available with a textured finish on the viewing side

of the film.

Semi Opaque Films

Semi opaque materials present the ideal form of media for POP displays because they

ensure that there is enough translucency for the graphic to look great under the

reflective lighting on the retail floor. The best choices for in-store backlit displays

are white films or polypropylene media that offer 90 percent opacity because the higher

opacity will hold the graphics vivid colors in the bright reflective lighting of a retail

environment. Films that feature 40 percent to 50 percent opacity are preferred options in

lower light environments.

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