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Modern Day Led Signs Are Made To Be Easy For You To Program

Programmable carteleria digital are employed at modern small business, industries or corporations. Engaging, dynamic and utilizing cost-saving and profits benefits, outdoor digital signs typically are not only changing the best way outdoor advertisers operate but probably altering the appearance…

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Comparison of SMD and DIP LEDs for use in Large Format LED screens

Comparison of SMD and DIP LEDs for use in Large Format LED screens


Advances in LED technology have meant increasing availability and use of SMD (Surface Mount Device) LED’s in a range of applications from lighting to big screens.  These are now widely available alongside the classic DIP (Dual Inline Package) LED’s.  This white paper discusses the advantages and disadvantages of each specifically when used in large format full colour LED displays.


DIP (Dual Inline Package) LED’s

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The DIP LED is the classic LED, so called because it has two ‘legs’ which act as connectors.  A single semiconductor Die sits in a reflector, in turn encased by an Epoxy Lens / case.



LED’s can be grouped together in a three colour RGB pixel (Red/Green/Blue) and used to create full colour images.


SMD (Surface Mount Device) LED’s

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Here the three colour dies all sit in one package, encased by a transparent epoxy.  When made up into a screen the LED’s form a characteristic dot matrix as per the image overleaf


Image of SMD LED matrix screen



LED Type Advantages Disadvantages
SMD Allows use of much smaller pixel pitches, down to under 2mm indoors and 5mm outdoors. Small pixel size means large areas between pixels on low resolution screens, leading to dotty images from further away.
Better viewing angles horizontally (typically 140 degrees vs DIP 90-120 degrees) Harder to service
Much better viewing angle vertically, good for high displays Not liked by some clients for use in areas near seawater due to corrosion.
Better colour matching and slightly improved reliability Uses approx. 25% more energy than comparable DIP screen
DIP Well proven solution Can’t go smaller than 10mm pixel pitch
Usually lower cost LED’s need to be colour matched carefully and batched.
Can deliver ‘focused’ screen with reduced light pollution up and to sides.

Messagemaker offer both styles of LED and are happy to discuss the advantages and disadvantages of both.





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Barclays Bank Case Study

curved halo LED signBarclays Bank Case Study

A new floating halo display being rolled out by Barclays incorporates state of the art LED display technology from Messagemaker Displays. Introducing movement and visual impact, the futuristic overhead displays display a greeting message which can be
personalised to the local branch.

Following a competitive tender process, Messagemaker was commissioned to install Single Line LED tickers to overhead halo
displays in selected Barclays retail banking outlets. To date, the company has installed six displays, with additional systems
scheduled for installation going forward.

Messagemaker’s appointment reflects the strength and longevity of the company’s existing relationship with Barclays as an established supplier of foreign exchange boards.

LED tickers lend a sense of dynamism to retail environments, providing information through a visually attractive medium that commands attention. The latest LED technology allows designers more freedom to incorporate unusual shapes, including curves or angles, while lightweight materials enable displays to be suspended for greater effect and all-round visibility.

The new ticker displays incorporate a 10 millimetre pixel pitch blue LED moving message, mounted on special flexible printed circuit boards and chassis.

Moving messages create a favourable first impression and are more impactful than static displays. Easy to programme, the new system allows messages to be updated locally as required at no additional cost.

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Creativity at the Center of Boston’s New District Hall LED Displays – PR Leap (press release)

PR Leap (press release)
Creativity at the Center of Boston’s New District Hall LED Displays
PR Leap (press release)
The District Hall project features two separate high-resolution 12 mm pitch S|Video™ displays that face Seaport Boulevard.

Stocksigns Group‘s insight:

LED big screens provide the ideal medium for exciting content 

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