In this week’s blog post, we are going to do a deep dive into our backlit wall art. It is one of the most mesmerizing and creative mediums, and we often get a lot of questions about it. Keep on reading to get some answers!
We offer a few different backlit wall art options. But, before we get started, it’s important to note that all of our options require an electrical outlet to work. These will not work with batteries. Currently, there are no batteries that are small enough and powerful enough to make our lighting system work for a long time. With that being said, it is best to hide any wire or cords behind the wall that the frame hangs on or you can use a standard plug cover. This way, you won’t see the cord or wiring showing. Sort of like a wall-mounted TV. For help with any electrical needs, it is best to hire an electrician.
Backlit Wall Art Mediums
There are three mediums available with a backlit frame: LED Snap Frame (NEW), Acrylic and Fabric. Each has their own unique look, but both are contemporary, chic ways of displaying your image. Acrylic tends to be more expensive, but the end results is a shiny, bright backlit display. Fabric, since it is collapsable, is a great investment for business displays or pop-ups. Both mediums
Ultra-Slim LED Snap Frame
Our LED Snap Frames will redefine the way you showcase your photographs, designs, and all artistic creations – merging technology and art.
This modern medium is a revolutionary solution with a thin and lightweight profile, making it effortless to switch in & out and different prints whenever inspiration strikes. Our frames are carefully crafted to seamlessly integrate vibrant LED backlighting, creating a mesmerizing glow that enhances the visual impact of your artwork.
With our user-friendly online platform, you can easily upload your own images or choose from our curated collection of stunning designs. Whether it’s a cherished photograph, or a unique graphic design, our high-quality printing process ensures exceptional color accuracy and detail.
Printed on fine duratran paper known for their exceptional image quality and vibrant colors. The printing process ensures that the graphics appear sharp, detailed, and visually appealing.
Installed inside a sleep aluminum snap frame with a professional, and modern look that enhances the overall aesthetic appeal of the displayed prints. The frames are slim and lightweight, which minimizes their visual impact and focuses attention on the graphics.
“Snap open” frame for easy print installation and changes. The frames are designed to hold prints securely while allowing for easy and quick graphic changes. The frame features a hinged design with snap-open sides that enable effortless access to the print.
A clear acrylic sheet is placed over the image for protection and enhanced visual appeal. The acrylic provides a glossy and smooth surface while adding a layer of depth and clarity to the artwork. The acrylic sheet also shields the image from physical damage, such as scratches, dust, and fingerprints ensuring that the image remains in pristine condition over time.
Powered by brilliant LED technology with even light distribution across the entire print surface. LED snap frames are highly energy-efficient compared to traditional lighting options. LED installation also offers adjustable brightness levels, allowing you to control the intensity of the illumination.
Acrylic Backlit Wall Art
We double-print on the acrylic to make the colors deeper, so that when a light comes through, they are not washed out. After printing, we affix a frame with a light box to the acrylic. Our range of LED light box displays look great in retail, corporate, or any commercial space. There are two thicknesses and light types, which are further discussed below.
Acrylic backlit prints have a 1.5″ frame around the image. This border covers the light from being exposed out the sides. The frame may impede the visibility of the image with this margin. On the fabric prints, this border is eliminated.
Acrylic backlit styles need to be shipped assembled, which can affect the cost of shipping. Sizes larger than 50×40″ may also need a crate to protect the product. Because of the production method of acrylic backlit prints, the image is not interchangeable like it is for a fabric print. However, the image is a little more crisp than a fabric print. And, with the lighting behind the image, the colors pop a little more brightly.
Fabric Backlit Wall Art
Fabric backlit wall art doesn’t use the same double-printing method as the acrylic. Instead, inks are sublimated, or turned to gas, then heat transferred onto the fabric. This method of printing produces extremely vibrant, and accurate colors. Unlike the acrylic, fabric backlit prints are matte finished. There’s no glare or sheen, but the fabric explodes with color. The lights in the back further enhance the color contrast. We use wrinkle-free and durable fabric for printing.
The best part of a fabric backlit piece is that it is interchangeable and cost-efficient. The image comes printed on fabric, which has a groove-and-lock system with the frame. This means that you can easily remove the fabric image, and replace it with something else. Furthermore, the frame can come disassembled, which means you can save a lot of money on shipping. We include instructions to make building the frame even easier.
The ability to intermittently change the image makes a piece of fabric backlit wall art well worth the investment for advertising, showcasing pieces, or seasonal displays.
The shutter-light style is a single-sided backlit display with a built in shutter light. This light in the back creates uniform light diffusion throughout the frame, regardless of the size of the print. The end results is a super bright image from edge to edge, with no hot spots.
In this style, the light is located on the back of the frame. Though more costly because of this placement, the style is well worth the ‘wow-factor’ involved.
This style is also single-sided. Instead of the light being located in the back, the light is on the side of the frame. It also has a uniform light diffusion, with no hot spots. This style requires a thicker frame, so it is only available with a 4-inch deep frame.
Frame Colors and Styles
We use powder-coating on all of our frames. This method of color application uses a free-flowing powder that adheres to the object’s surface. Then, it is cured under heart to produce an even coat and a smooth finish. This method allows for a wider range of colored finishes that are more durable, and longer-lasting than regular paint. Also, the color of the frame will be more accurate and even, and there are a wider selection of colors.
LED displays come just 1″ off the wall! The other backlit displays are done with a 4″ thick frame. We can produce a thinner frame, but this will cost more as only the shutter-light style will work with a thinner frame. Most of our customers prefer a 4″ frame.
What I personally love the dimmer function available for all mediums. We install a dimming mechanism within the lighting system, which enables you to control the brightness of both mediums with a remote control. It’s amazing how an image changes perspective with different variations of light. The dimming remote will surely leave you speechless.
What Images Work Best for Backlit Wall Art?
In my humble opinion, a light source from behind enhances any image. Colors become more vibrant and attention-grabbing. Backlit wall art started out as an extremely popular display choice to display messages in commercial spaces. However, the display option is gaining traction in residential and gallery spaces as a way of displaying photos and artworks.
For decor purposes, you may choose to use a professionally shot image. We highly recommend using Shutterstock to find an image. There are over 1,000,000 images to choose from, and hundreds of subjects and styles. From abstract art, digital art, natural landscapes, architecture, and black and white photos, you will be able to find any image to create stunning backlit wall art. We can consult your images to determine size and quality.
We understand that this is a big ticket purchase, so we want to help you create the product of your dreams. If you have any questions, or just want to chat more about the technical aspects of backlit wall art, please call us, or contact us to discuss!