Backlit Signage

When it comes to indoor signage, there are many options for customizing a space. One of those options is backlit signs. These signs are seen often in malls, office lobbies, and other locations. Generally lit from behind with LEDs, these signs stand out and make a memorable first impression.

While great for indoor use, backlit signs can be utilized outdoors as well. They are used most often on the front of business buildings. These signs stand out far better than the once popular fluorescent signage.

Here are some of the benefits of backlit signage:

  • Versatility

As stated above, these signs can be installed either indoors or outdoors. Backlit signs can promote products for short-term or long-term displays, making them a flexible sign option.

  • Visibility

The LED lighting behind the sign makes it easier to be seen from farther away. This helps the sign to be more readable, and attracts attention with the vibrant colors.

  • Customizable Materials

Backlit signs are made custom so they match a company’s brand and personality. They can be made from many different materials with different finishes to produce a one-of-a-kind look.

  • Cost-Effective

When compared to other lighted alternatives, such as incandescent lighting or compact fluorescent, an LED backlit sign might cost more initially, but it will last longer and uses significantly less energy. This can help save money offer time.

  • Color Options

There’s a wide range of colors that LEDs can produce. Just the whites can range from warm and soft to cool and bright, which has a huge impact on the feel of the sign. Some LEDs can even cycle through a pattern of multiple colors. This gives a business some options when choosing the perfect color for the backlit sign.

These benefits make a backlit sign a great investment for any business. Talk to the team at Infinity Signs NW about designing and creating a new backlit LED sign for your business today.

ADA Sign Specifications

When people think of business signs, the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) signs might not be the first thought, but they are important for every business when dealing with the public. ADA signs are building signs specifically designed to provide people with disabilities access to and functionality in business facilities. Without these signs, a business could not only be putting themselves in danger of fines or a lawsuit but people with disabilities will have a difficult, if not impossible, time utilizing the services of the company.

For businesses to be in compliance with the federal law regarding this type of signage, the signs posted in or around the building need to meet the following specifications:

  1. Location of Signs
  • ADA signs that identify rooms must be located adjacent to the door they identify
  • Permanent room signs must be mounted so that the characters are between 48 and 60 inches from the ground
  1. Braille on Signs
  • All ADA signs mist have tactile lettering to assist those with vision impairment
  • Braille must be lowercase except for proper nouns
  • The Braille must but rounded or domed
  1. Fonts/Characters/Backgrounds of Signs
  • The font on ADA signage needs to be a san serif typestyle
  • There must be a minimum of 1/8 inch between adjoining characters
  • The backgrounds and characters on ADA can’t emit a glare
  • Signage with visual characters must have a high light-dark contrast between the characters and the background

This is not a complete list of the ADA signage requirements but is a great place to begin reviewing the existing business signage. Being in compliance with ADA guidelines regarding signage will help businesses avoid government fines or litigation. If the signs are incorrect, a violation could also cause lasting damage to a business’s reputation with the public.

Whether an already existing business needs correct signs or a new business needs to install signs, they should contact Infinity Signs.  The experts at Infinity Signs are aware of the guidelines regarding ADA signage and have experience creating these signs for businesses. For more information on ADA signage for business, contact Infinity Signs.

What Business Owners Need To Know About ADA Signage

ADA-signage

There are many rules and guidelines business owners must follow from IRS filings to employment laws. At times it can be difficult to keep up with all the regulations. One area often overlooked by small business owners is ADA compliant signage. ADA stands for the American with Disabilities Act and was put in place in the 1990’s to protect the rights of disabled people. It covers things like building accessibility and employment accommodations. Also included are specifics on required ADA signage.

Many business owners are unclear on the specific requirements for ADA signage. For example, people often believe that every sign in the business building must be ADA compliant. This however, is not accurate. There are actually many business signs that are exempt such as temporary signs which are only in place for 7 days or less, signs not in public use areas, company names, logos and business addresses, and parking signs except accessible parking space signs.

On the opposite side, all permanent rooms and spaces are required to have an ADA compliant sign to identify spaces. Signs related to safety such as those identifying exit doors and stairwells are required to be ADA compliant and must include raised characters and Braille copy. Signs that are overhead, are flag-or wall-mounted signs to provide direction or identify a space also need to follow ADA guidelines but are not required to use tactile copy.

In addition to where and when ADA signage must be used, there are specific requirements as to font type and size for lettering and coloring of the signs. ADA signage cannot use italics or script. It must not be highly decorative and the characters must be upper case. Recommended fonts include Arial and Sans Serif. The height and spacing of the letters is also restricted. The minimum height is 5/8” and the maximum is 2”. The spacing between individual raised characters shall be 1/8 inch (3.2 mm) minimum and 4 times the raised character stroke width maximum.

If all of this seems overwhelming, contact Infinity Signs. We can help with all your ADA compliant signage both interior and exterior.