Let There Be Light (Boxes): LED Light Box and Display Technology

According to research by Visix, 80% of consumers say they have entered a store after having their interest piqued by a digital display. As LED lightboxes and digital signage become increasingly ubiquitous in the UK, it’s clear that they represent one of the most effective ways to advertise, inform and engage with customers and clients.

At JMF Group, we are pioneers in the supply and manufacture of LED lightboxes and display technology, and offer an industry-leading range of standard and bespoke solutions to suit any commercial environment. From small desktop displays to large-scale shop window solutions, our comprehensive design, print, and installation service can provide you with everything you need to get your brand noticed.

Want to learn more? Give our team a call today to request a brochure. Alternatively, keep reading for our *illuminating*guide to all things light box!

What Is an LED Lightbox?

In its simplest form, a lightbox (or light box) is a form of graphic signage with rear illumination supplied by light-emitting diodes (LEDs). This category of signage is most commonly used to display advertising and marketing messages, though it can also be effectively used for informational and wayfinding purposes.

Lightboxes can be found in all sorts of commercial settings, from small businesses and retail outlets to large corporations, airports, and hospitals. With their sturdy construction, lightbox frames can be errected at interior and exterior locations, allowing for impactful and versatile OOH marketing.

The Benefits of LED Lightbox Technology

There are many reasons the LED light box has become so popular in recent years. Take a look below for some of the most compelling reasons to consider investing in a unit:


One of the key advantages of LED light boxes is that they can be seen in all lighting conditions. LEDs supply illumination which is bright and consistent, meaning that your message will always be visible to potential customers, no matter the time of day—perfect for late-night trading!


Research indicates that 68% of customers believe that company signage is directly reflective of the quality of their product or service. Lightboxes are ideal for addressing this issue, as they offer a quick and easy way to create a sophisticated and professional aesthetic for your brand. With effective creative material, illumination displays can turn an impressed customer into an interested customer, one who is confident in your product and your great service.


Generally speaking, signs which utilise visual aids and a lot of colour are 43% more convincing than those which don’t. Compared to standard poster and billboard frames, lightbox displays offer significantly more options for creating compelling and credible marketing materials that result in genuine leads and product interest.


Unlike more traditional signage displays, when it comes time to change poster or artwork materials in a light box, only the poster itself needs to be replaced. This results in lower installation costs, lower print production costs, and less time spent with a blank wall.


LED lighting is an extremely eco-friendly form of illumination, making lightbox displays the ideal solution for companies looking to stay green. LEDs draw significantly less energy than the fluorescent bulbs found in old illumination displays, and they don’t contain any harmful toxins or chemicals.

The Types of LED Lightbox

Whilst the benefits of lightboxes speak for themselves, it’s important to select the right type of lightbox for the specific needs of your company. Light boxes are not created equal, and with extensive depth, width, height, and product options available, it’s essential to consider all the options.

Take a look below for a review of the most common forms of lightbox:

Wall-Mounted Lightboxes

The most popular type of lightbox, wall-mounted lightboxes are perfect for advertisements, wayfinding, and general informational signage. These units can be mounted on both interior and exterior walls, meaning they can be used in a wide range of locations.

Freestanding Lightboxes

Freestanding lightboxes are supplied with their own stand, making them perfect for use in areas where wall-mounted units are not suitable. What’s more, with their quick and simple installation, they are ideal for temporary retail settings, trade shows, and exhibitions.

Frameless Lightboxes

Featuring a display which extends to the edge of unit, frameless lightboxes have a sleek and modern look that is perfect for businesses who want to create a stylish and professional image. With wall-mounted and counter-top options available, these edge-less frames are ideal for high-end advertising and marketing, as well as POS and checkout displays.

Hanging Lightboxes

Hanging lightboxes are perfect for businesses looking for ways to provide light, bright wayfinding details. A hanging lightbox product can be suspended from a ceiling or beam, making them highly visible and hard to miss.

Projecting Lightboxes

Projecting lightboxes are often used for wayfinding purposes, as they can be mounted on walls and ceilings to project signs out into the open space. They’re also ideal for terraced business locations that have limited signage space, but who still want to be seen at street level.

What Goes In a LED Lightbox?

Whilst size and design are unquestionable important considerations before you place an order, it’s also essential to think about what substrates you ultimately want to illuminate.

At JMF, we stock three main forms of graphic displays for our light boxes:

Backlit Posters

This method is closest to traditional digital poster printing. Backlit posters are printed on a premium glossy polyester, with vibrant colours at 1400x1400dpi. Available in a wide range of size and finishing options, backlit poster pages offer simple creation, low minimum order quantities, and ultra-vibrant graphic and text display.

For more information, see our dedicated poster printing page.


For the ultimate in high-quality backlit display, duratrans offer the ideal solution. Unlike poster printing, duratran images are exposed photographically and developed chemically, with a silver halide process similar to that used in conventional lab photography. This results in a super-crisp, high-resolution image which is perfect for businesses who want to make a real impact with their signage.

For more information, see our dedicated duratrans printing page.

Tension Fabric

Tension fabric is a solution for businesses that want to create a seamless lightbox display. These images are printed onto fabric which is then stretched and mounted onto an aluminium frame. This results in wrinkle-free displays that really pop, and that can be used time and again.

The JMF Approach to Your Lightboxes

At JMF, we understand that every business is different, with its own specific signage requirements. That’s why we provide a bespoke service to all of our clients, ensuring that every light box we supply is perfect for their individual needs.

Take a look below for an in-depth look into how we can help you:

Site Survey

The first step in the order process is to carry out a site survey. This free service allows us to take measurements and photographs of the areas the lightboxes are to be installed. This ensures that we have all the information we need to create the perfect product for your space.


In order to have the most impactful light box, you need professional creative materials. Our in-house design team will work with you to develop artwork that can account both for your lightbox frame and your brand.


Once you’re happy with the designs and have authorised us to proceed, our LED and fabrication teams will get to work on manufacturing your lightboxes. We use only the finest quality materials and components to ensure that your lightboxes are built to last.

Delivery / Installation

No matter their size, we offer free delivery nationwide on all our light boxes and light box frames. Our fitting engineers work throughout England and the UK, from London to our base in the North East. What’s more, they are PASMA, IPAF and CSCS-registered, so you can be assured your item is safe and secure.


Once your light boxes are installed, we will provide a maintenance service to ensure that they stay in perfect working order. We can provide replacement parts if necessary and are always on-hand to supply new LEDs and light services if your frame needs a bit more colour.

Printed Supplies

As well as lightboxes, we also offer a wide range of printed supplies to help you get the most out of your signage. We can print your graphics onto a wide selection of materials, including posters, banner stands, duratrans, and much more.

JMF Group: Great Service, Fair Price, Incredible Quality

JMF Group are the UK’s leading experts in lightboxes and LED signage solutions. We have over 25 years’ experience in the industry and have helped thousands of businesses to create the perfect signage for their needs.

We house the largest selection of frame and substrate materials, so you will benefit from super-quick, free delivery of all your frame and print supplies. Whether you need a couple of prints or a hundred lightboxes, our lighting stock, add-ons, and product displays are the best you’ll find!

Your search for a lightbox and signage supplier is over—call us today!

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