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Frequent questions

How much do electric signs cost?

A electric sign usually costs around $2,500-$6,500 depending on size and installation cost.

Do I need a permit to install a electric sign?

Yes you must get approval from your city to install a electric sign, sign companies will normally do this for you.

How much does a electric sign installation cost?

Size of your sign and location are important factors, generally prices range from $800-$2,500.

How long does a electric sign take to install?

Your installer will normally set aside 3-6 hours, so definitely within one business day.

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What Are the Advantages of Santa Monica Electric Signs?

Getting your business seen by potential customers in Santa Monica is vital to the growth and longevity of your brand. The signage that you use to display your business name and information makes a big impact on how potential visitors perceive your organization. Attractive, professional, or quirky signage can be used to show your brand personality.

Different Types of Electric Signs

There are a wide variety of Electric Signs to choose for your business. Many of which have different expected outcomes with the ultimate goal of getting your business noticed. If your interested in learning more about how much different signs cost in Santa Monica checkout our article How much do business signs cost?. Below are the most common type of signs for your business.

Channel Letter Signs

Channel letter signs are one of the most popular and can be seen just about everywhere especially at Santa Monica shopping malls. They are made with bent thin sheets of aluminum for the sides, with a die-cut layer of colored acrylic on top. These signs are then mounted to the wall with either a raceway or studs. Electricity is then fed through the wall, with an off switch somewhere in your building.

It's important that you hire an experienced graphic designer to craft your signs in such a way to get the most exposure. There are many improper signs on the Santa Monica market which don't get as much visibility as you'd like. Always make sure to go over your goals with your sign company so that they can help determine which directions the sign should be facing.

Light Box Signs

Becoming less popular than they used to be light box signs are a cheap alternative for having your logo shine on your building at night. They are built from a simple aluminum box which is painted in black, and a sheet of acrylic slid into it with cut vinyl graphics. They have great visibilty at night, and some buildings in Santa Monica already have these installed leaving you to only replace the acrylic face and light bulbs.

Some Santa Monica building owners don't allow these kinds of signs anymore due to keeping the complex looking more fancy. Before you purchase your signage you will need approval from your building owners. They will let you know what types of signs they are okay with.

Blade Signs

Blade signs are a permanent sign which sticks out away from the wall horizontally. They are mounted with large bolts, and have certain requirements on how far they can stick out. They are best used for strip malls, or areas where potential customers are walking down sidewalks. They can also be helpful letting customers see your Santa Monica business from the side of a corner.

These are pretty cost effective signs, and can be made with electricity for night life.

Dimensional Letter Signs

Dimensional letters are signs which are not lit, and only consist of flat diecut materials. They are offset from the wall using studs, and have a faily long life span. They are great for areas of your business which don't need lighting, like a parking lot sign in Santa Monica for example. Dimensional letters can be used inside of businesses as well, like hospitals and shopping malls.

There are many different kinds of materials which can be used, and most commonly they are made from materials like aluminum, brass, or colores PVC. Some may even be backlit to help illuminate at night.

Awning Signs

A very common type of sign for the average coffee shop, or diner. Awning signs are constructed to go over your doorway and give some cover for your customers. They give some easy real estate for having your phone number and messages on different sides of the material. Choosing the right color to offset your Santa Monica business is important, awning signs naturally stick out, and only make sense to include your logo.

Because awning signs are permanently mounted onto your building, they will also require approval from your city.

Engraved Signs

Wooden engraved signs are one of the oldest kidns of signs. However now they can be done with a router machine or sand blaster. After this the sign company will add a nice glossy paint making it also a type of masterpiece. Engraved signs are commonly seen for government related signage in Santa Monica like public parks or lakes. But they are also commonly seen for apartment complexes.

Not every sign company does these kinds of signs, so it's always best to make sure the company you hire is not outsourcing it to mark up the price.

Neon Signs

Illuminated neon signs have always been a popular sign amongst customers. They are created with neon tubing heated and bent to create the your lettering. Installation is the same as channel letter signs, they need an electicity outsource and must be installed professionally.

Even if you want to switch the color halfway through, it shouldn’t set you back days at a time. In some instances, you can complete the entire job in the time it takes you to prep the vessel for paining. If you mess up, you can start again or apply overlays to the existing vinyl for a faster process — just watch out for bubbles.

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