Backlit Banner Vinyl
This flame resistant backlit banner vinyl offers tremendous image quality and color depth in a durable material that is suitable for both indoor and outdoor use. A true translucent vinyl, it can be used in lightboxes or free hanging since it has the strength of a scrim reinforced banner. Available in widths up to 126".
See the FAQ tab for more information on backlit printing and color accuracy.
Approx. longevity of 1-2 years outdoors and 5 years indoors.
Comes in large sizes for oversized lightbox displays. Great color depth and saturation for a banner material. Has good tear strength with a scrim that is subtle enough to not have an effect on the image quality from 5' away.
Not appropriate for close up viewing since the scrim in the material has a texture that is visible up close. It's vinyl, so it's not eco-friendly.
Hanging banner displays that are backlit with lights or the sun. Oversized light box displays, either indoors or out.
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If you are ordering your banner with grommets, the best way to hang it is to put some tension on the grommets so the banner is pulled tight and hangs flat. If you are using banner hanging hardware to hang the banner without grommets, follow the instructions that came with your hardware. We sell banner hanging systems that are inexpensive, make for a great looking hanging display, and don't require any special finishing on the banner. Check out the page for Poster & Banner Hangers to learn more about the different banner hanging products we offer.
If your banner is being stretched over a backlit display, it's most common to make the banner large enough to wrap around to the back slightly, then attach the banner to the display with bungee cords. Depending on the size of the display, you can also hook bungee cords from the grommets on one side of the display to the grommets on the opposite side. Keep in mind that you need to make sure the bungee cords are the correct length to provide enough tension to hold the banner in position.
For outdoor use, grommets are the preferred method to attach a banner to just about any surface. It's even more important to keep outdoor banners under tension, because if there is too much slack in the banner, it can whip around in the wind, and the force that generates will tear up the banner or rip out the grommets, no matter how strong the banner material is. We recommend either attaching the banner with something that gives, such as bungee cords, or checking the banner at regular intervals to adjust the tension and keep it tight. Since bungee cords stretch, you can put the banner under tension and it will be able to flex in the wind without coming loose.
If your banner is being stretched over a backlit display, it's most common to make the banner large enough to wrap around to the back slightly, then attach the banner to the display with bungee cords. Depending on the size of the display, you can also hook bungee cords from the grommets on one side of the display to the grommets on the opposite side. Keep in mind that you need to make sure the bungee cords are the correct length to provide enough tension to hold the banner in position, especially in outdoor installations in high wind conditions.
I just received my print and it's too dark and the color is wrong.
Backlit prints are profiled so the color looks correct when the graphic is illuminated, so you need to backlight the graphic for the color to look correct. See the question below for more details on this, but other than Day/Night backlit graphics, colors will always look too dark when the graphic isn't llluminated with a standard amount of lighting and often some colors will shift as well. If the graphics are printed so they look correct without lighting, they will look washed out when lit. Choose the Day/Night Backlit Graphic for displays that look good whether or not they are illuminated.
Why are graphics in my backlit display washed out/too dark?
There are two reasons one of these things can happen. One if the fault of the printing company, and one is the fault of the display. Many companies are not able or willing to create color profiles for any of their printing materials. Instead they use profiles that are supplied with the printer, choosing a profile that sounds the closest to what they are actually printing on and hoping for the best. This doesn't work particularly well, but it's possible to sneak by most customers who aren't very demanding with this type of technique. With backlit graphics, this doesn't work well at all, and is the main reason for backlit graphics to be washed out or too dark, and will also cause the colors to be off as well. We create color profiles for all our medias, including our backlit materials, so we can get accurate color from every one of them.
Backlit graphics do have an extra degree of difficulty because not all light boxes produce the same amount, or same color of illumination. When we create our color profiles, we assume the industry standard for illumination. If you're display puts out more light than is standard, it can make your graphics look too light, and if your display is too dim, the graphics will look dark. Also, lamps come in many different color temperatures so if your lamps are warmer or cooler than the standard 5000k temperature, your graphics will look warmer or cooler as well. We can compensate for these variances if you have a situation where color accuracy is critical, but it can involve some back and forth with color correction and proofs to get the color adjusted for a particular display, so it's obviously not recommend if precise color in a specific lightbox isn't needed.