The Ultimate Lightbox

Posted by Scott on 24 July 2012 | Comments


There are three common ways that backlit images are produced. Your expectation from your lightbox determines which method is best. We have the equipment and knowledge to produce all types of illuminated displays. Too many times I see illuminated signs that have been printed in a fashion not suitable for illumination, being the least ideal method. See the samples below that highlight the pro's and con's of each method.

An important note to also point out is we use accurate colour measuring and processing equipment to control the printing for both illuminated and front lit graphics. We believe in consistent and accurate output. By measuring colour in it's illuminated state we can match the colour from your file and even best match PMS colours with computer accuracy.


Here are the simulations. Mouse-over to turn the lights on and off.

Looks best when lights are off.
In the example above, you can see the most common approach for illuminated graphics. Usually it involves printing in a standard mode for frontlit graphics and often involves artificially increasing the saturation (colour intensity). These prints look pretty good while lit from the front, but when switched on and lit from behind looked washed out. The artificial saturation increase may slightly improve some areas, but not all, and generally leaves shadows looking very washed out and overall a lifeless looking image.


Best when lights are on.
This example shows a file that has been created specifically for illumination. It has been specifically printed with a higher ink density taking into consideration the illumination from the back lights. This print is not intended to be viewed with the lights off and requires constant illumination. It gives vibrant colour an dark shadows. You get brilliant colours and an image with life that says look at me! The downside is when you turn the power off the image looks too dark.



Looks best with lights on or off.
This final example is a day and night backlit. We have several printing techniques to create this type of graphic. The day and night backlit will look bright, punchy and true in colour whether the lightbox is off or on. This is the best way to produce graphics where the lightbox only turns on at night. This way you don't have to make a decision whether it looks best with the power on or off.


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