Channel Letter


Channel Letter












Channel letters are custom-made metal or plastic letters that are commonly used on the buildings of business, churches, and other organizations for exterior signage.

Sparkle Sign Company Inc specializes in fabricating channel letters that will distinguish your business from others around you. Every set of channel letters is custom designed and fabricated, taking into consideration your building’s existing architectural details. For a light source, classic neon tubing (see above) from our own neon plant or high efficiency L.E.D. can be used. There are raceway mounted channel letters, wireway mounted channel letters, individual mounted channel letters, and projection mounted channel letters.

Standard channel letter

A standard channel letter is 3-dimensional graphic sign element. Its channel is fabricated from sheet metal, most often aluminum since it will not rust. A flat sheet of aluminum is typically cut on a table by a computer-controlled router. This creates the back of the channel and is the basis for the letter shape. The sides of the channel letter, called the “returns”, are then formed by bending a 3- to 6-inch-wide (150 mm) strip of aluminum sheet around the aluminum back. This return can be welded at the seam or flanged and riveted to the back to create a solid “can” in the shape of the letter. The letter can is painted and fitted with any lighting components necessary such as neon gas tubes or L.E.D. modules. A translucent plastic face usually of 3/16″ thick sheet acrylic or polycarbonate is cut to fit the open face of the letter can. A trim cap border is applied to its edges which gives the letter face a finished appearance and creates a fastening surface to attach it to the letter can. When illuminated at night, channel letters draw the eye of passers-by.


Exposed neon channel letter

These resemble standard letters, but the neon is not covered with a plastic face.


Reverse lit channel letter

In this letter type, the face of the letter is constructed from aluminum and the lighting is directed to the back. This light floods the wall that the letter is mounted to and creates a negative space at night. Letters in this style are also called “halo letters”.