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Front Lit Channel Letters

Front lit channel letter signs are the most common type of 3D channel letter used as they are cost effective, highly visible, and they draw attention both the day or night.

Front lit channel letter signs are the most common type of 3D channel letter used as they are cost effective, highly visible, and they draw attention both the day or night.

Most versatility at the best cost.

Front lit channel letters are your most versatile as well as cost effective way to showcase the outside of your business. Whether your client is just starting out, or just wants to add more eyes and visibility to their business, this product can help provide the foot traffic they need for their business to succeed. They are built with 3-5″ aluminum returns, trim cap, Principle LED lights, and a translucent acrylic face that allows light to show through.

Front lit channel letters look great by themselves, or mixed with other sign products like logo boxes, flat cut outs (FCO’s), and more. They can also work well flush mounted, as well as with raceways, wireways, and backer panels. Because of their ability to be customized, you can add vinyl or digital prints to the letters, as well as colored LED’s or RGBw’s, to create a unique and customized look and feel.

Have questions? Need something customized? Reach out to our dedicated sales team to see how we can help you!


Front Lit Channel Letters Offerings

3", 5" Aluminum Returns

Available in a variety colors and have the option of painting. Custom coil is available at most depths for large quantity orders.

3/16” Acrylic Faces

Our standard front acrylic is 3/16”. We have ⅛” available for smaller sizes and interior signs, and 3/16″ impact modified acrylic for larger signs needing higher durability.

1” Trim Cap

Standard 1” trim caps are available in several colors (see our color charts), but 2” is also available in black, red, and white.

3M Vinyl Or Digital Print

We utilize 3M 3630 vinyl for it’s high quality and consistency, available in several colors. We also can provide high quality 3M digital prints.

Backer Plates

Backer plates are routed and contoured based on electronic file to ensure accuracy and integrity with mounting pattern, and can be custom painted. All jobs come with 1/4″ 20 zinc coated threaded rod and rivnuts.

Raceways and Wireways

We can produce high quality custom painted raceways, extruded raceways, and wireways of various sizes, that also works well with backplates and contour logos.

1/2”-2” Standoffs

Standoffs are usually between 1/2 – 2″, but can be customized, as well as can be painted to match façade and provide a finished product housing for threaded rods.

LEDs and Lighting

We utilize high quality Principle LEDs, available in different colors, as well as RGBw’s, allowing for a unique and customizable look to your channel letter signs.

UL & CUL Approved

We are U.L. 48 Certified. All signage and material are built to this set of regulations. In certain areas local and NEC codes may supersede U.L. and we will need to be notified of those differences.

Size Capabilities

Minimum sizes range from 6”-8” inches depending on the complexity. Due to shipping constraints and integrity of the product, we can only do a single letter or logo up to 25’ in size.


Most fonts are producible by DSW but please note that some fonts, including script and fonts with serifs, may need to be adjusted due to smaller stroke widths and sharper angles.


DSW can color match and paint with most major paint brands including Matthews, Pantone, Benjamin Moore, and Sherwin Williams, as well as build other sign customizations.

Available as Non-Illumination

This product can be produced as non-illuminated, for customers who want to provide their own LEDs and electrical components. Please specify when ordering.

How They're Made

Ensuring the Quality of Front Lit Channel Letter Signs

All DSW channel letters are U.L. listed, and only the highest quality materials are used along with proven components when producing your sign. We are the largest dedicated channel letter producer in North America. We use lean manufacturing techniques and produce all of our channel letter signage in Denver, Colorado. Learn more about why so many choose our wholesale channel letters.

View Our Color Charts for Front Lit Letter Components

Front Lit Channel Letters Gallery

Benefits of Partnering With DSW

The DSW Difference

Customer Service Quality
DSW provides top rate customer service, with a friendly and knowledgeable staff who go above and beyond for you and your customers.
Quick and Accurate Estimates
We provide accurate estimates within hours verses days, and fast representative accessibility, so you can get your questions answered quickly.
Lean Manufacturing
Focusing on efficiency, quality, and continuous improvement, we have streamlined our production process, so we can turn around signs with high quality, in a shorter timeframe.
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