Strolling in any airport, shopping mall, event or trade show, you will see hundreds of colorful LED light boxes of various shapes and sizes. In the past few years, most have turned to backlit tension fabric SEG graphics. The reason is obvious. Not only is the fabric more durable than directly printed graphics, it is also cheaper to transport and easier to maintain. Depending on the printing process, the colors are bright and the details are close to photography.
It is easy to assume that all LED light boxes and manufacturers are similar, the only real difference is the price. Price is of course important, but there are other factors to consider.
9 factors to consider when buying an LED light box
#1. Hardness and durability: All LED light boxes use SEG aluminum frame. Each manufacturer uses aluminum of different hardness and durability to design the frame. Cheaper light boxes use softer aluminum because it is cheaper. But cheaper aluminum is easily scratched and loses its luster quickly. In addition, the wall thickness is usually so thin that the structural rigidity is affected. For light boxes that are mounted on a wall or assembled or disassembled at multiple trade shows, you will need 6063 gauge aluminum. 6063 has better structural integrity and scratch resistance. If the supplier cannot answer this question, then you should remain vigilant.
#2. Availability: Does the manufacturer have extrusions, LED lights, hardware, and accessories in stock? And depending on whether there are extrusion options, such as single-sided and double-sided, independent and wall-mounted installation. What if you need multiple quantities or fast shipping options? If a single part is lost or damaged, can it be purchased? You don’t want to get involved in the manufacturer of light boxes.
#3. Customization: Suppose you need a larger width or height than the listed kit. Is it possible? If so, how complicated or expensive will it become? What is the angle or shape, such as a hexagon? It is easy to make squares and rectangles (for most manufacturers), but for those who just want to complete the kit, strange shapes and sizes are usually a headache.
#4. Print quality: It is essential to ask the right questions. 1. Sublimation printing is the best. This ensures that the color is injected into the light box cloth , not just printed on the surface. Many suppliers boast about "fabric printing", but not always sublimation. This requires two steps-printing onto paper materials, and then heating the image to the fabric. 2. Ask about the age of the printer. Dye-sublimation printers should not be used for more than two years. Anything older than this means that the print resolution is okay, not a photo. 3. Just like clothes, the quality of the fabric will vary. If the graphics are disposable, this may not matter, and the resolution does not matter.
#5. Sewing and sizing: experienced manufacturers boil it down to a science. They have performed thousands of calculations on different fabrics, and they know how to print, cut and sew fabrics to make them fit perfectly. It will not be too loose. It doesn't matter too much. There is nothing more frustrating than receiving unfit fabric graphics.
#6. LED light: This may be a college course. It takes a certain amount of research and patience to understand various color temperatures, lenses, UL and ETL certifications, and module structures. Like fabric, there are many ways to make LED lights cheaper, if cheap is the only criterion. Skipping UL/ETL certification is a shortcut. Using exposed connections or alligator clips is another method. Unfortunately, it is almost impossible to know what you got before you get the LED light box. However, in this case, the old adage rarely fails, "If it is too good to be true, then it may not be."
#7. Accessories: Most LED light boxes are one move. It is a light box. That's it. But what if you want to add a bookshelf, iPad, document rack, wings, or title? What if you want to connect it to other light boxes or create a complete embedded or island display? This requires designing the extrusion parts as a multi-functional exhibition builder, stocking light box accessories, and having internal customization talents.
#8. Packaging: It is easy to assume that your monitor will be shipped in high-quality boxes and packaging. Sadly, this is rarely true. Most manufacturers use disposable one-way transportation of materials. Your light box arrived in good condition. Now you have to transport it to the next show or other location, but there is nothing to protect it or keep it organized. Stick to reusable shipping materials and exclude cardboard, shrink wrap, and thin foam. After one use, all three will be destroyed. See example. Although you may need to pay a little more, it is an investment that is constantly displayed, displayed, and assembled.
#9. Assembly: It is easy to overlook the way the light box is assembled, but this would be a huge mistake. Some require tools and a bag of loose parts. Others have button connectors. The other "primarily" ones are toolless, but the hardware is bulky and/or unnecessarily complicated. Ask to see instructions or assembly video. Even if you do not intend to assemble it, can you assemble it together in a reasonable time according to the instructions? Remember, time is money, especially at the exhibition site. No one wants a surprise at a trade show, and well-designed light boxes will not make you sweat, either literally or figuratively. Do research and trust your instincts.
It is important to remember that the beautiful pictures you see on the website are just renderings. What you received is not. Ask the right questions and buy your lightbox from a supplier you trust. Remember, you "may" be able to return the hardware, but the graphics, whether you like it or not, are yours. Finally, remember that you are buying a design, a marketing structure that represents your brand. It is more than just an aluminum frame with graphics.
The best case is to seal a layer of transparent waterproof tarpaulin outside the light box, which can make the light box more secure.