New Class A Fire-Rated Absolute Backlit Seals the Deal

Alpharetta, Ga.-based Octo Lights has built a flourishing business covering fluorescent lights, providing the welcome addition of colorful graphics to hospitals, office buildings, schools, dental offices and homes.

stress-free-fluorescent-light-coversThe finished prints add a whimsical or calming effect that eases the glare the fluorescents are known for, while still illuminating the room. “They still allow the light to come through, and everyone needs that,” says Octo Lights’ Bryan Fly. For the past five years, Fly has relied on LexJet 8 Mil Absolute™ Backlit film to get the job done. “It works great,” he says. “It prints well and the color shows up great.”

An Artist’s Tribute to First Responders

 

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Sept. 11, 2001 will forever be part of American history. For New York artist, Karin Giusti, 9/11 is the reason her fiancé, Steven Schwarz, was taken from her too soon. Schwarz was a first responder firefighter at Ground Zero who later died from health complications.

Giusti has been preparing for an exhibition in New York City that will show at the Smack Mellon non-profit arts organization from Sept. 24 to Nov. 8. The exhibition, titled Three Seasons at Black Forest Farm, will be a monumental art installation in memory of Schwarz. It will consist of a series of 10 to 15 light columns with structural components and illuminated photo membranes.

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Giusti prints out images onto LexJet 8mil Absolute Backlit before constructing the columns. Photos courtesy of Karin Giusti

She’s constructing the columns from LexJet 8 Mil Absolute Backlit polyester film. “It’s amazing,” Giusti says, “it doesn’t dent or crumple. It’s so easy to handle.” The instant-dry, matte-finish coating on the film produces a wide color gamut for brilliant colors and sharp details. “The product has to be easy to handle since I’m printing the images onto the paper and then creating a structure with it,” she says.

With this work, Giusti’s goal is to emphasize the need to create a National First Responders Day. The exhibit will focus on the plight of all first responders.

“Often, 9/11’s forgotten victims are struggling to get adequate medical attention,” says Giusti, who is a professor at Brooklyn College. Guisti, who holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from Yale University of Art, has exhibited work internationally and hopes this latest installment will capture the public’s attention.

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LexJet Inkjet Media Profiled and Ready to Roll for HP Latex Printers

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In addition to the valuable knowledge and training LexJet customer specialists received at HP Latex Academy, which we covered at the LexJet Blog last week, HP was able to test and profile a variety of LexJet inkjet media for its lineup of Latex printers: the L25500, Latex 210, Latex 260 and Latex 280.

The first round of new profiles is now available and ready for download at LexJet’s ICC Profile page. Go to www.lexjet.com/Profiles.aspx (or click on that link), then click on HP Printers and HP L26500 (the new profiles here will also work of the other HP Latex Printers), and select either Onyx Profiles or Caldera Profiles based on your RIP platform.

The LexJet inkjet media that’s been profiled and added includes…

  • LexJet Clear PreLume HD (for ONYX)
  • LexJet Print-N-Stick Fabric (ONYX)
  • LexJet Simple Window Perf (ONYX)
  • LexJet Absolute Backlit (Caldera)
  • LexJet TOUGHcoat Water-Resistant Polypropylene (Caldera)
  • Fredrix 901SJ Select Matte Canvas (Caldera)

These are in addition to a number of other profiles for LexJet media available for HP Latex Printers. Be sure to check back at the Profiles page for more coming down the pike in the coming weeks.

One LexJet inkjet material you ought to check out for Latex printing is LexJet Clear PreLume HD, which is receiving rave reviews for the output you can achieve with it.

“I was pleasantly surprised at how well it printed on the Latex printer. There were no issues with posterization and it has great saturation. I’ve been able to switch the printing of LexJet Clear from our aqueous printer to the Latex, and I’m quite pleased about it since LexJet Clear has been one of our standard materials for the past 15 years or so,” says John Toth of Triad Creative Group, Brookfield, Wis.

If you have any questions, or need any help, contact a LexJet customer specialist at 800-453-9538.