If you still have an older tri-color LED ticker here are some examples of before and after shots showing the impact you can make by upgrading to a full color ticker display.
Looking to make your display unique? Wrapping a LED Ticker display around a corner or into a circle is one of the best ways to make your display standout.
LED Ticker displays help create a dynamic environment. With a flexible LED Ticker you can wrap corners and span multiple walls inside your facility to attract attention.
There are 2 main ways to wrap a corner.
The first is to use a flexible cabinet and bend the corner like the following:
The second option is to use a fitted corner piece to match a custom angle or 90 degree corner like the following:
Looking for an example of how NOT to use a Ticker to wrap a corner. Check out this blog post.
If you really want your LED Ticker to pop out, consider curving or bending it to fit your architectural design. In the image below, you can see a circular ticker designed into the bulkhead at BP in Chicago.
Another option is to wrap the circle facing outward such as the installation at Wichita State University.
If you are wrapping a Ticker around a corner or into a circle for your office, check out this blog post for some helpful tips on writing the specification.
Want to make your display stand out? Check out custom mounting options for LED Ticker displays.
Roughly 10 years ago we installed a Daktronics tri-color Ticker in the college of business outside the finance lab at the University of Toledo. As you can see from the photo, a column created a challenging obstruction. At the time we didn’t have a flexible, bendable ticker so large blocks were installed to create a flat surface to mount to.
With our manufacturing partner Sunrise Systems, we designed a custom mounting solution that uses different length pipes to help create the slight curve to flex around the column. You can also see the new ticker provides over 16 million colors shades moving from monochrome logos to vibrant full-color logos.
If you have a unique characteristic to your facility and need help designing a creative mounting method – we would love to hear from you.
Do you want to learn the basics of pixel pitch and resolution and why they matter, but not sure where to start? Check out our Ticker Learning Center. It is a great place to educate yourself on the fundamentals of Ticker technology.
When evaluating a LED Ticker display it is important to understand the terminology for resolution and pixel pitch. These terms frequently get interchanged and mixed up.
A simplified definition of resolution is the total number of pixels, or the matrix size. Here is how Wikipeida defines resolution. The resolution is normally provided with the horizontal number of pixels followed by the vertical number of pixels. So in the example below the resolution is 24 x 16
The LED pixel pitch is the spacing or distance between each of the pixels. For example below are 2 matrixes each with a resolution of 16×24 but demonstrating the difference from a .25″ to a .3″ pixel pitch. Simply put spacing the LEDs out further so the same resolution takes up more physical space. The pixel pitch combined with the resolution height is what gives you the maximum character height. The example on the left would generate a 6 inch character (.25″ x 24 pixels) while the example on the right creates a 7.2 inch character (.3″ x 24 pixels).
More resolution is usually a good thing. The difference from 16 pixels in height compared to 24 pixels in height is what allows you to make more detailed logos. Which LED ticker pixel pitch is better? It depends on your environment. If your viewers are close to the ticker display you may opt for the smaller pixel pitch so the image looks more clear when viewing within 10 feet of the display. If you are placing your ticker up higher on the wall and are looking for greater readability at a distance the larger pixel pitch is better to create a larger character viewable at a greater distance.
Not properly defining the pixel pitch and resolution is a common mistake. Just because two displays have similar physical dimensions, that doesn’t mean they are of equal quality if one is using lower resolution.
Most Tickers are built using LEDs on .3 inch (7.62mm) center to center spacing. That means there are 40 pixels for each 1 foot of length. Based on that pixel spacing, if you want to specify a 20 foot long ticker, you would define a resolution of 800 pixels wide by the appropriate height. For height you can choose between 16 pixels (4.8″ character), 24 pixels (7.2″ character), or 32 pixels (9.6″ character).
If you are interested in showing logos on your Ticker, we strongly suggest the 24 pixel or 32 pixel heights to give you enough resolution to properly show graphics. While you can show some logos on 16 pixel height, the limited resolution makes it difficult to show enough detail. The following photo shows all 3 heights together so you can see the difference:
If you need help writing a ticker specification – check out these LED Ticker Specification Guidelines.
Ensure the safety of your visitors and employees by considering the importance of ETL, UL, and FCC compliance for your LED Ticker Display.
It is important the displays you purchase are certified with these agencies. A number of pop-up LED “manufacturers” quickly assemble displays and sell them without subjecting their products to rigorous testing. These manufacturers forego the associated cost and time required for proper safety inspection.
Purchasing from one of these manufacturers puts your organization and employees at risk. A non-compliant product is in violation of the National Electric Code (section 410.6).
The 2 key risks: First, you don’t know how well-made the products are. Second, inspectors could cite you for a violation using a non-listed fixture in your facility.
ETL standards test products according to nearly 200 safety and performance standards. The ETL Listed Mark and C-ETL Listed Mark are accepted throughout the United States and Canada. These marks denote compliance with nationally recognized standards such as ANSI, IEC, UL, and CSA. This certification mark indicates that the product has been tested to and has met the minimum requirements of a widely recognized (consensus) U.S. product safety standard, that the manufacturing site has been audited, and that the applicant has agreed to a program of periodic factory follow-up inspections to verify continued conformance.
Especially relevant – all of Rise Display’s Tickers (manufactured by Sunrise Systems) are manufactured to safe standards such as UL, ETL, and FCC. Our compliance is validated by the Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory (which is part of OSHA) to test to these standards. You can verify in the Intertek Directory by searching for “Sunrise Systems”. You can also email them at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to confirm claims by other providers.
In summary, save yourself a potential headache. Before you buy, educate yourself on the importance of ETL, UL, and FCC compliance for your LED Ticker display.
Renderings are a great way to visually explain how a space is going to look and feel. LED Ticker displays are often a key technology piece to help create a vibrant atmosphere in the space. To properly showcase you want to ensure the scrolling Ticker is represented in any mock ups of the design.
Furthermore to help architects, designers, and space planners include Ticker displays into their visuals, we have put together some design elements for sports tickers and stock tickers. On this page you will find examples in .psd and .png format to use.
Our graphic designers have provided tips and tricks for making your LED ticker rendering look realistic. Including ways to easily create curves and angled effects using the photoshop warp tool.
In addition to the tools, if your trading room is looking for assistance creating a design we have a partnerships to create color renderings in CAD or PDF format.