The following types of boards are
COLOR OUTDOOR LED - This is the hottest thing
in display signs for the last 2 years. Ever since
the outdoor bright blue LED came out everyone has
been jumping on this bandwagon. If you're looking
for a 30 or 40 foot outdoor TV then the LED's are
the way to go. The Datasign would not be the right
sign for you. The Datasign does not do graphics or full
color, only letters. Full color LED's are priced by how small their pixels
are made. The smaller the pixels the better the better
the image. Price range starts at $1,800 sq/ft for 2-inch pixels, to well over
$6,000 sq/ft, plus permits
and installation. If you're looking for outdoor video
signs, call us about Ad Arts
Full Color LED. We can get you the best deal.
ONE COLOR & TRI COLOR LED - This is the older
LED type board, It is difficult to read during
the daytime, but offers lower cost than the full
color and has a larger pixel spacing than the full color. The large spacing limits
it to low-level graphics and grainy
letters. Even with its low cost compared to full color, it is still priced
between $850 sq/ft and $2,800 sq/ft. This is very expensive
being roughly four times as expensive as a Datasign.
FLIP-A-MATIC - These signs being twice
as expensive as Datasign also have a poor track record
for reliability due to high maintenance costs and
a tendency to freeze up in the winter time and on
very hot days. They also can only be front-lit, not
backlit. Front-lit price based on pixel size is between $480 sq/ft and $1,600
Light Bulb-based Reader Board - This is the
oldest type of electronic reader board. These boards
are also twice as expensive as Datasign and are fairly
high maintenance, as bulbs are always burning out
and must be replaced on a consistent basis. Readability
is still not as good as Datasign and they use much more
power to light their bulbs. There are many different types of these displays;
some requiring special types of light bulbs like
the wedge base type light bulb for the smaller
pixels. Their prices are ranged between $550 sq/ft and $2,200 sq/ft.
The Datasign - This is extremely
legible. It is designed to be a reader board only,
meaning most local laws in the U.S. will allow you to use the Datasign with only
a simple sign permit and without
a costly sign variance. It is backlit
so as to be readable at night and the high
contrast graphics are easily read during the daytime.
The Datasign is relatively inexpensive for changing
large movie theater marquees, which are currently changed
manually. Compared to other computer changeable display boards the Datasign
costing only $389 per module for the 12" model and
only $586 per module for the larger 24" model (this
would be less than $300 sq/ft) is half
to a quarter the cost of any other programmable
sign in the world.
Manual - This is the least
expensive changeable sign option. The manual sign is however costly
in terms of labor and liability. Storage and maintenance
of letters are necessary, missing letters and broken letters result in "strange"
messages. Vandals can tamper with messages and an
inventory of letters is required. The cost of this
type of sign depends on your local sign shop and the type of materials he uses.
This could range from $70 sq/ft up to $400 sq/ft.