If you are like most users interested in a ticker, you don’t want to go back and forth figuring out how much things cost; you want to get a bid as quick and easily as possible, so you can get things rolling. Use the following 10 points and you will be well on your way to getting the right Ticker for your application.
- Start by describing the environment to give bidders context of where and how the solution will be used.
- Be clear on physical dimensions both height and width.
- Define the resolution in pixels. This will ensure you get the right matrix for creating content and showing logos or graphics. If you want to show logos use at least 24 pixels in height.
- Specify the pixel pitch or spacing between each LED. The most common is 0.3in. (7.62mm)
- Clearly define the colors you expect. Many overseas manufacturers have single color Tickers which won’t give you the impact you want without vibrant logos. How many people would notice a plain red ticker in Times Square?
- Specify the brightness you need. If it is an indoor environment with no large windows or ambient light 1200 NITS should be sufficient. If you are placing your Ticker in an atrium with ambient light call out at least 3,000 NITS.
- Define the configuration. This is easy if your display is straight, but if you are doing something unique (like curving the unit) you need to ensure the manufacturer knows the specifics to provide an accurate price. The last thing you need is a rigid box that shows up on site when you really need a flexible cabinet.
- Describe your software requirements. You don’t need to write a book but define the 3 or 4 key things you need it to accomplish. For example “Show student managed fund holdings with company logos”
- Outline your data needs. This is important if you buy a simple LED message center with basic messaging software, but if really need a Stock Ticker you may be stuck with no way to get the data.
- Ask questions about the manufacturer. Make sure they are reputable and can share with you a client list of active installations using LED Tickers (not just displays in general). We suggest looking for products manufactured in the USA to ensure the highest quality and long-term access to service parts.
For more in-depth requirements check out the Ticker Specification Guidelines.
If you need additional assistance on how to specify a LED Ticker display feel free to contact us for guidance.