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Night Reflective Vinyl

reflective vinyl prints which shine brightly at night

Specialized Reflective Vinyl Prints Visible in Low Light Conditions

Make your message shine even in the middle of the night

    • Prints on specialised reflective material
    • Will reflect ambient light / light from the headlamps of vehicles
    • Make your prints visible, even at night 
    • No need to install any light source on your signboard
    • Ideal for road direction boards
    • Prints on high end brands like 3M – HIP (High Intensity Prismatic) film
    • Entry level unbranded reflective film prints also available
    • Pricing starts from ₹ 90 per square foot

Specialized Reflective Vinyl Prints Visible in Low Light Conditions

reflective vinyl prints which shine brightly at night

Make your message shine even in the middle of the night

    • Prints on specialised reflective material
    • Will reflect ambient light / light from the headlamps of vehicles
    • Make your prints visible, even at night 
    • No need to install any light source on your signboard
    • Ideal for road direction boards
    • Prints on high end brands like 3M – HIP (High Intensity Prismatic) film
    • Entry level unbranded reflective film prints also available
    • Pricing starts from ₹ 90 per square foot

Night Reflective Vinyl: Detailed Description

As the name suggests, the unique property of this print product is that it is reflective in nature. It throws light back. So the messages or advertisements printed on reflective vinyl are visible at night or in low light conditions. In fact, depending upon the brand that you use, these prints are at times visible from almost half a kilometer away.

reflective prints on 3M HIP high intensity prismatic films which contain lens to reflect light at night when light shines on them

How Does Reflective Vinyl Work?

All of us have seen the signs put up on highways and toll booths. But if you have ever observed, these reflective sticker sheets are not lit from within. And yet, they are easily visible even in the evenings and at night, when our car’s headlight falls on them. People also refer to these boards as radium signs or reflective vinyl sheets.

Have you ever wondered how reflective radium prints work?

Walk up close to the Pune Municipal Corporation’s road signs  and you will see a honeycomb structure on the surface of the print. Small prisms / glass beads are embedded within each of these honeycomb cells. There is a printable coating above this cell grid. This film is also known as retro-reflective vinyl sheets. 3M HIP (high intensity prismatic film) is the most popular media used for creating night reflective prints. Other brands include Oralite reflective film or the Avery brand of reflective vinyls. Here is what happens when light falls on a printable reflective vinyl…

  1. We use our high-resolution inkjet photo printers to print messages or images on top of the reflective print media
  2. Hundreds of small glass prisms embedded in the retro-reflective film act as small mirrors
  3. So when light (say from the headlamp of a car) falls on this print, the prisms beneath reflect the same light to make the print visible over long distances even at night.
  4. The reflective vinyl sign has no internal source of light but is throwing back the same light that falls on it
  5. Roads and highways are lit up with vehicle lights in the evening and at night
  6. So a retro-reflective film like 3M is an ideal choice for road direction signs
traffic signs and direction boards use retro reflective vinyl prints for night visibility

The Day / Night Effect of Retro Reflective Prints

  • During the day, the printable reflective vinyl works like any standard signboard
  • At night, when light falls on the signboard, its reflective property ensures that the message is easily visible

One added benefit of reflective vinyl prints is that, unlike back-lit glow signboards, you do not need electricity or relatively complex lightboxes. This makes the use of reflective prints ideal in situations where there is no easy access to power or where the recurring costs of electricity and lightbox maintenance is an issue.

There is one more point that I’d like to mention here. A lot of people confuse night reflective prints with night glow prints. But both these medias are different. Reflective vinyl throws back light that falls on its surface. On the other hand, night glow (also known as glow in the dark) prints absorb light during the day and emit the same at night in full darkness. You can read more about glow in the dark prints on this page.

Types of Reflective Vinyls Available

Orchid Digitals provides two primary variants of reflective prints:

1. Prints on 3M-HIP

HIP stands for ‘High-Intensity Prismatic’ film. 3M, the world-famous engineering and adhesives company has pioneered the technology of manufacturing prismatic reflective films. They are the de facto leaders in this field. Most road-building firms insist on the use of 3M reflective vinyl films because of their extremely high quality and high viability. 3M HIP films are premium grade and their great performance makes every penny spent on them worthwhile. ‘Retro-reflective’ prints is another trade name for this media.

2. Less Expensive Chinese Reflective Vinyl

As the name suggests, this media is less expensive. It’s almost 1/3rd the cost of original 3M films. But this saving comes at the cost of performance. Chinese radium films are reflective in nature but do not have the strength and high reflective performance of 3M – HIP. These radium prints are used to create budget signs, stickers and decals.

shop board made of night reflective vinyl where certain areas of the sign reflect light with a high intensity
night reflective vinyl shop board - day view

Radium Reflective Prints on Rigid Panels

For a complete signboard solution, radium prints or the 3M HIP film needs to be mounted on a rigid but lightweight sheet. This rigid sheet can then be bolted onto a metal frame or pole on the roadside. Orchid Digitals provides 2 options here…

  1. You can opt to have the prints mounted on a 5mm thick sun board/foam sheet. This is a low density but rigid plastic sheet. It imparts a flat and even surface to the prints. Sunboard can very easily be drilled on walls.

  2. The prints can also be pasted on sheets of ACP or aluminium composite panels. These are rigid high-density rubber sheets sandwiched between thin aluminium foils. The rubber lends strength to the panel and the aluminium foil gives an extremely flat and finished surface. Also, ACP sheets don’t rust. Additionally, they are extremely strong and light in weight. Due to their durability, ACP sheets are the preferred choice for outdoor applications like direction boards and road signs.

Real-Life Applications of Reflective Vinyl Prints

Reflective sticker sheets are the ideal choice of material to be used for the following purposes:

  1. Signage on road for night-time and foggy conditions
  2. Direction boards
  3. Distance markers
  4. Speed-breaker, parking, and danger indication boards
  5. Indicators for establishments such as food plaza, toll plaza, etc.
  6. Parking stickers and vehicle permits
  7. Safety Signs
    1. Fire signs
    2. Emergency exit signs
    3. Safe assembly signs
    4. Safety signage strips running across the body of commercial and heavy vehicles

What Is the Cost of Reflective Vinyl?

The price of 3M HIP prints (Retro-reflective prints) and radium prints are given below…

Variant
3M HIP prints with reflective glass prisms embedded in the surface
(rate per square foot)
Chinese radium prints with a reflective coating on top
(rate per square foot)
Print in a roll form with an adhesive back
₹ 240.00
₹ 90.00
Print mounted on a 5 mm thick sheet of sun board / foam sheet
₹ 300.00
₹ 150.00
Print mounted on a 3 mm thick sheet of ACP (Aluminium Composite Panel)
₹ 340.00
₹ 220.00

* Please Note:

  • Rates mentioned above attract 18% GST
  • The MOQ – Minimum order quantity for this product is 4 feet wide X 2 feet height (since the media is available in rolls having a width of four feet)
  • Rates quoted above are per square foot. So for example, if your image is of size 3 feet width by 2 feet height, and you need a Chinese reflective print in a roll form, the cost for the print job is:

3 feet (width) X 2 feet (height) X ₹ 90 (rate per square foot)

= ₹ 540.00 (+ 18% GST)

Shipping and Delivery

  • Reflective vinyl prints can be delivered anywhere in India.
  • Delivery charges are extra and will be communicated to you once we receive the delivery address.

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