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We understand that finding an LED sign that is right for your organization can be a confusing ordeal. At Stewart, we strive to make the purchasing process as easy and straight-forward as possible.

The following information gives insight to LED technology, and applies to all of our lines of LED signs. Please do not hesitate to contact us for more information.

  • LED Product Comparison

    Which LED product is right for your organization? Some of the feature differences and similarities are shown below. Please speak with your Stewart representative for more information.

    LED Display
    TekStar DayStar EXP DayStar Defender
    Display position Integrated with
    sign face
    Separate cabinet Separate cabinet
    Available matrix sizes From 16x80 to 96x288 From 24x72 to 96x224 (custom sizes available) From 24x72 to 96x224
    Available display colors Full-color or red Full-color or red Full-color or red
    Lines of text Up to 7 (depending on matrix) Up to 12 (depending on matrix) Up to 12 (depending on matrix)
    Pixel pitch 10mm, 16mm, 20mm 16mm, 20mm, 26.6mm 16mm, 20mm, 26.6mm
    Viewing cone 140 degrees horizontal Full 180 degrees horizontal Full 180 degrees horizontal
    LED display warranty 5 years 5 years 5 years
    NIT rating Up to 8,000 Up to 10,000 Up to 10,000
    Colors 281 quintillion full-color, 6.5 million red 281 quintillion full-color, 6.5 million red 281 quintillion full-color, 6.5 million red
    LEDs per pixel 3 for full-color
    2 for red
    4 for full-color
    2 for red
    4 for full-color
    2 for red
    Dynamic matrix™ (utilizing adjacent pixels to maximize display capabilities) Yes Yes
    100,000 hour LED lifespan (at full brightness 24/7) Yes Yes Yes
    Instant recovery from power outages Yes Yes Yes
    ID Cabinet & Support Structure (when applicable)
    TekStar DayStar EXP DayStar Defender
    Vandal and graffiti resistant Makrolon SL® face Yes Yes Yes
    Powder-coated frame Yes Yes Yes
    UV resistant vinyl graphics (when applicable) Yes Yes Yes
    Lifetime warranty for support structure and faces Yes Yes Yes
    Software & Capabilities
    TekStar DayStar EXP DayStar Defender
    Display programming software DayStar Media DayStar Media DayStar Media
    Graphics library Yes Yes Yes
    Transition and display effects Yes Yes Yes
    Light sensor and manual brightness control Yes Yes Yes
    Use your own images, pre-recorded video clips and animations Yes Yes Yes
    Show different messages on each side of the sign Yes Yes Yes
    Scrolling text Yes Yes Yes
    Text over video and images Yes Yes Yes
    Add an outline around text Yes Yes Yes
    Scheduling Yes Yes Yes
    Control from many computers Yes Yes Yes
    Display time & temperature Yes Yes Yes
    Count down or up to target date and time Yes Yes Yes
    Spell-check and bad word checker Yes Yes Yes
    LED Cabinet
    TekStar DayStar EXP DayStar Defender
    LED cabinet width options 6, 8, 10 or 12 feet (custom sizes available) 6, 8, 10 or 12 feet (custom sizes available) 6, 8, 10 or 12 feet (custom sizes available)
    Product compliance UL Listed (#E352634) UL Listed (#E352634) UL Listed (#E352634)
    Weather rating IP 65 IP 65
    LED display vandal cover Yes Yes
    Temperature-controlled fans Yes Yes
  • Using Your LED Display

    The possibilities are endless. Your electronic sign can be a source of information, pride and even extra revenue! Here are just a few examples of how you can use your LED message center.

    The graphics and text capabilities of your LED display will depend on its matrix size and model.
    Please contact us for more information on these options.

    Show examples in:


    Special Occasion Announcements
    Display birthday greetings or wedding and anniversary announcements complete with digital photos, special effects and customized messages.
    Special Occasion Announcements
    Highlight Events
    Show video clips from local events, parades, community fundraisers, holiday celebrations, parks & recreation sporting events and community center activities.
    Highlight Events
    Traffic Control
    Alert drivers of traffic conditions and special restrictions in effect. You can program your sign to display different messages during all hours of the day.
    Traffic Control
    Thank Sponsors
    Sell advertising space or acknowledge contributors. There are several ways to utilize your LED display as a significant marketing tool.
    Thank Sponsors
    Serve the Community
    Broadcast important information such as Amber Alerts, natural disaster hotlines, weather reports, even current time and temperature!
    Serve the Community
  • Why Does Brightness Matter?

    There are two important things to consider related to the brightness of your sign: how well and how long it will compete with the Sun.

    How well a sign competes with the Sun
    Ensuring that your sign is readable during the day is vital to the success of having passers by read your sign. The brighter the display, the better able it is to compete with the Sun.

    How long a sign competes with the Sun
    LEDs do not burn out, however they do grow dimmer with use. The closer an LED gets to 1500MCD, the less effective it is at competing with the Sun. Starting with a brighter display ensures that your investment will be readable for many years into the future.

    Stewart LEDs are among the brightest available to provide you with a sign that will be visible 24 hours a day, and for years into the future.

  • LED Definitions


    A light-emitting diode (LED) is a semiconductor device that illuminates when electricity passes through it. LEDs do not contain filaments like regular light bulbs, and they do not have delicate parts that break or burn out over time. Industry standard LEDs are rated at 100,000 (11+ years) of constant use.

    Pixels Pixel

    A pixel is a point of light. An LED display is made up of an array of pixels, multiple points of light appearing as dots. A pixel can be as small as one LED or it may contain a cluster of LEDs that act as a unit.

    Pixel Pitch Pixel Pitch (Center-to-Center)

    The pixel pitch or center-to-center measurement is the distance from the center of one pixel to the center of the adjacent pixel. Pixel pitch can be measured in inches or millimeters.

    Matrix Matrix

    The matrix of a sign is the number of pixels vertically by the number of pixels horizontally. For example, if a sign has a matrix of 32x96, this means it has 32 pixels from top to bottom and 96 pixels from left to right. A larger matrix allows more text and more of a graphic to appear on the display at the same time.

    Millicandela Millicandela (MCD)

    A millicandela is a unit of measurement for the brightness of a single LED. A millicandela is equal to 1/1000 of a candela, which is comparable to a single candle's brightness.

    Nit Nit

    A nit is a unit of measurement for the brightness over one square meter of a display. This value takes into account the number of LEDs per pixel, pixel pitch and millicandelas. Your sign's nit rating can help you determine which sign is a better value when comparing products and companies.

    Viewing Angle Viewing Angle & Viewing Cone

    The viewing angle is the maximum angle that text and images can be seen on a display. A narrow viewing angle causes the text or image to "disappear" from the display as a viewer moves away from a position directly in front of the sign. The viewing cone is simply double the amount of the viewing angle.



We are very pleased with the sign and have appreciated the warm and caring way which you dealt with our church.

  • Rev. Russell Holland, Pastor
  • First United Methodist Church
  • Prestonsburg, KY
  • T E K S T A R

    Choose TekStar for...

    • LED display integrated into the sign cabinet
    • Displaying mainly text & small images
    • Maximum impact with a smaller budget
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  • E X P

    Choose DayStar EXP for...

    • Separate LED cabinet with exposed pixels
    • Displaying video clips, images & text
    • High value for a lower initial investment
    Go to DayStar EXP »
  • D E F E N D E R

    Choose DayStar Defender for...

    • Separate LED cabinet with vandal cover
    • Displaying video clips, images & text
    • The premium LED sign experience
    Go to DayStar Defender »
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