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3M Introduces the First Graphic Films that Optimize LED Light




ST. PAUL, Minn. – (October 16, 2012) – 3M Commercial Graphics is helping graphics manufacturers and sign builders embrace the future with LED lighting. New 3M™ Envision™ Translucent Films and 3M™ Envision™ Diffuser Films are industry breakthroughs – the first graphic films optimized for use with LEDs – letting graphics manufacturers achieve maximum sign face brightness while requiring fewer light sources. Now, sign shops no longer need to add more LEDs to reach the level of brilliance they want.

3M™ Envision™ Translucent and Diffuser Films help graphics manufacturers create richly colored backlit signs with even sign illumination and no hot spots. Using these films, shops can achieve the same level of brightness with fewer LEDs, reducing material and maintenance costs while providing the great look that customers expect.1 Alternately, graphics manufacturers can keep the same number of LEDs and increase a sign’s brightness even more. With the following films, shops have appealing new choices to create the looks they want:

• 3M™ Envision™ Translucent Film Series 3730
• 3M™ Envision™ Translucent Film IJ3730-50, IJ3730-60
• 3M™ Envision™ Diffuser Film 3735-50, 3735-60

While specially optimized for use with LEDs, these new diffusers and translucent films are also compatible with fluorescent lights, and will allow any backlit sign to look its best. The diffuser films are available with two levels of light transmission, 50% and 60%, to manage sign face brightness. The translucent films are available in several standard colors, custom colors and as an inkjet printable film, offering an increased number of construction options.

“Sustainability is increasingly important in today’s graphics industry,” said Tony Fulco, marketing manager, 3M Commercial Graphics. “3M is proud to provide the market with graphic solutions that deliver outstanding sustainability benefits without sacrificing performance.”

3M™ Envision™ Translucent and Diffuser Films are backed by the 3M™ MCS™ Warranty, giving graphics manufacturers added assurance of the performance of their finished graphics.


The switch to LEDs is on. Graphics manufacturers who are ready to lead the way with a brilliant solution should visit or call 1-800-328-3908.

3M Commercial Graphics is proud to be a Platinum Sponsor of the Sustainable Green Printing Partnership (SGP).
1 Most graphics using 3M™ Envision™ 3730 Translucent Films on 3M™ Envision™ 3735-50 Diffuser Film provide more light transmission than other graphics using 3M™ Scotchcal™ Translucent Film Series 3630 on 3M™ Diffuser Film 3635-30. See the Product Bulletin 3630/3730 for details.

3M, Envision and Scotchcal are trademarks of 3M Company.

About the Envision brand from 3M
By inventing tomorrow, today; the Envision brand from 3M is creating success in the dynamic environments of visual communications. All Envision products from 3M are designed to contribute to a winning-business strategy for our customers – one that consists of leading-edge technology, best-in-class performance and has a distinct sustainability edge. By using 3M technologies to unlock opportunities, the Envision brand from 3M is another example of how we use innovation as a powerful force for progress.

About 3M Commercial Graphics
3M Commercial Graphics help customers worldwide build brands by providing total large-format graphics and light management solutions. 3M manufactures or certifies lighting solutions‚ graphic films and graphic protection‚ flexible substrates‚ as well as inks and toners used to create large-format finished graphics that are consistent‚ reliable and durable. Learn more about 3M graphics products and programs by calling 1-800-328-3908‚ visiting‚ following us @3MGraphics on Twitter or at

About 3M
3M captures the spark of new ideas and transforms them into thousands of ingenious products. Our culture of creative collaboration inspires a never-ending stream of powerful technologies that make life better. 3M is the innovation company that never stops inventing. With $30 billion in sales, 3M employs 84,000 people worldwide and has operations in more than 65 countries. For more information, visit or follow @3MNews on Twitter.


3M Commercial Graphics
3M Center Building 220-12E-04
St. Paul, MN 55144 USA

Mary Prevost
Karwoski & Courage
(612) 342-9716
[email protected]

Connie Thompson
3M Public Relations & Corporate Communications
(651) 733-8914
[email protected]



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