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Frequently Asked Questions About Backlit Trade Show Displays

There is a lot that goes into a trade show display and when creating one, you are only really limited by your imagination. Backlighting is becoming an increasingly popular way to highlight certain elements within a trade show space, and there is a lot to know about it. We often hear many questions about backlighting including how to set them up in a space, and how they work. Below, we have answered some of the most frequently asked questions about backlit trade show displays.


What Makes a Trade Show Display Backlit?

The main features of a backlit trade show display using light emitting diodes (LEDs) include:

  • Power unit known as the transformer, which powers the LEDs
  • Ladder lights, or edge LED lighting
  • Special backlit material, such as a backlit panel or backlit fabric

You cannot simply place a light behind a display and hope it will make your graphics pop. You must use specific materials made for backlighting or your display will end up looking dull.


Are Backlit Displays Worthwhile?

Backlit displays are much more affordable than they were years ago, but they are still a significant investment. A backlit display will cost approximately two to three times more than an exhibit that does not have any backlighting. If your budget allows, however, a backlit display is extremely worthwhile, as it will draw in crowds and help you generate more leads for your business.


How Much Electricity Does a Backlit Display Use?

Having electricity in your trade show booth is essential, and it is important to know how much each component will use. The amount of electricity a backlit display needs is entirely dependent on the size of the display and its electricity consumption rate. For example, a standard 10’ wide x 7.5’ tall display may have four rows of LED lights. Each row will use approximately 105 watts, meaning the entire display will use 420 watts.

Remember as well that backlit displays are not the only element of your space that will need electricity. 

Determine how much you will need for your displays, tablets, TV monitors, phone chargers, and more when figuring out how much electricity you will need for your booth or space.


Is it Hard to Set Up a Backlit Display?

Due to the fact that backlit displays do have additional components, they can be a bit more intimidating to set up. Fortunately, there are many portable options, such as plug and play, that make set up just as easy as assembling a traditional popup display.

Do Backlit Displays Get Hot?

Of course, you want your booth and everyone in it to be safe at all times. If you use LEDs, backlit displays will not become hot and will not be a fire hazard. Using other types of lights, such as halogen bulbs, is not recommended as these become very hot and dangerous.

Call to Learn More About Our Backlit Trade Show Displays

Backlit trade show displays are becoming more popular, and for good reason. At ExpoMarketing, we offer a wide range of backlit trade show displays and will answer all of your questions so you can make the most of yours. Call us now at (949) 250-3976 or contact us online to learn more.