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Old-style light boxes illuminate the media in them from behind with fluorescent lights. They are at least 3" thick to allow room for the fluorescent tubes, run hot, and the bulbs regularly wear out. You can still see these at bus stops, in theaters or in business windows. In newer LED light boxes such as ours however, the source of illumination is an LED strip (3) on two or four sides of a grooved acrylic panel (7). The geometry of the grooves diffuses and evenly distributes the LEDs' luminosity over the entire panel with no hot or cold spots. A reflector sheet (6) on the back side of the panel redirects all the light upward through the media. The panel is set in an aluminum picture frame (1) with snap-open hinges (9) running the length of the sides. In the picture above these hinges form the gray border on top of the light box.

Light box media must be translucent or at least partially transparent to the light source. Thus the media for light boxes is film and not photographic paper. Translucent film printed with an image and placed on the panel (between 7 and 8) allows light to selectively pass through it, resulting in a vibrant, luminous image similar to a TV or computer monitor and mimicking the luminous nature of stars. A clear polycarbonate cover (8) is placed on top of the film image, and then the side hinges (9) are snapped down to hold the image in place. Click here to see examples of our LED light boxes.

Our LED light boxes are " thin for an aesthetic, modern look and ease of wall hanging. The LEDs last a minimum of 50,000 hours without diminution of light intensity, or at least 11 years at 12 hours per day! Since film is very easily damaged by handling, all our light box film is laminated. This is unique in the industry, and allows you to exchange images in your light box without fear of scratching, fingerprints, grease, kinking, UV or other damage. The aluminum frames (1 + 9 above) are 1" wide, " thin, and available in gray or black.

To place a new print in the light box, snap open the hinges, remove the polycarbonate cover, take out the old film print and put in a new one (no handling damage because they are laminated!), put the polycarbonate cover back in and snap the hinges back down. White cotton gloves are advisable here to avoid contaminating the film, light box or polycarbonate cover sheet.