3 Things You Need to Know About LED Message Board Signs

Photo of the St. Paul Lutheran Church school LED message board sign

What’s the first feature customers see when they approach your business? The signage. At a basic level, a business sign tells customers where they are, draws their attention and attracts them into your business. But that’s just a starting point. When you want your business or organization to be truly noticed, you should consider the extra power of LED (Light Emitting Diode) message board signage.

LED message board signs are becoming more and more popular. Why? Signs showing LED displays are bright, dynamic and eye-catching — they stand out! Only an electronic message center is versatile enough to display targeted messages for a specific audience. People, of course, are drawn to viewing content on smartphones, tablets and computers. Digital is the norm, and customers have come to expect digital everywhere. So LED displays tap into our customers’ thirst for interaction. If you’ve ever been drawn to a sign showing a video, you’ve experienced the power of LEDs.

So would an electronic sign be worth it for your business? As your NJ sign store, we work with customers like you regularly to select the right sign for your needs. Let’s answer the 3 most frequently asked questions about LED signs.

  1. What is an LED message board sign?
  2. What are the benefits of an LED sign?
  3. Who should consider investing in an LED sign?

What is an LED Message Board Sign?


First, let’s explain the word “LED.” An LED is a light emitting diode — an electronic light source — different from standard light bulbs. LEDs last for many years, generate less heat and consume less energy. These energy-efficient dynamos are easier to work with and have revolutionized signage. The life expectancy of LED is 50,000 to 100,000 hours, depending on the LED. An LED rated for 50,000 hours means operating 10 hours per day for 13 years!

An LED electronic message sign consists of thousands of these tiny lights. Other names for LED signs are: 

LED signs are made up of individual panels, or modules, which allow the signs to be built to almost any size. Each module contains LEDs arranged in clusters, known as pixels. Pixels are the basic building block of any content. 

A high-quality color sign will have three diodes per pixel: one red, one green and one blue. The distance between the center of one pixel to the center of the next determines the resolution of the sign. This measurement is expressed in millimeters and is called “pixel pitch.” In general, the lower the number, the higher the resolution and the image quality of the sign. And, no surprise, the lower the pixel pitch, the higher the price.

What Are the Benefits of an LED Sign? 

Who Should Consider Investing in an LED Sign? 

Depending on your funds, your organization may be more profitable with an LED sign if you have access to vehicle or pedestrian traffic to promote events and products. The greatest advantage of LED signage is increasing your interaction with customers. 

Think of your sign as part of your marketing budget. Advertising with an LED sign is less expensive than traditional advertising, and more responsive and flexible.

According to Larry Gliozzi, owner of Loumarc Signs, signs containing electronic message centers are popular with urgent care centers, municipalities and auto repair shops. 

“But just about anybody who has information to communicate or who wants to increase customers can profit from them,” he said.

Not sure if an LED sign is a match for your needs? Please call us, your NJ sign store, at 908-575-4000 to answer any questions. We will help you make the right decision on investing in the custom sign that fits your specific needs and budget.

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