The DayStar Defender LED Sign
The DayStar Defender uses a separate vandal-protected cabinet for superior performance and high reliability.
Imagine using your own video clips, animations, photos and graphics to deliver an eye-catching message 24 hours a day! This multi-media ready LED sign will give you unrivaled capabilities for reaching your target audience.
Our DayStar Defender model is the flagship of institutional LED signage. Every sign is built to exacting material and workmanship standards. We take no shortcuts in producing the highest quality electronic signs in the industry. While most companies go to market with the initial cost in mind, our LED signs are designed to have the lowest overall cost-of-ownership.
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LED Vandal Cover
The Defender's vandal cover is protected against damage from UV light; maintaining the display's superior definition over time. It won't fade, yellow or become cloudy.
It's secured with a locking mechanism and made of Tuffak® polycarbonate, 300 times tougher than single strength glass. The matte finish prevents glare so your display remains bright and readable. It is also equipped with a hinged cover that opens 45 degrees and locks in place for easy access to the LED boards.
The vandal cover's exceptional weatherability and superior impact strength keeps the electronics safe so you can be confident your organization's image is secure.
Dynamic Matrix Technology
The Dynamic Matrix of the DayStar Defender uses pixel sharing technology, allowing you to maximize your display through virtual pixels. This technology creates virtual pixels by sharing individual LEDs from adjacent pixels, resulting in a virtual matrix that doubles the matrix height and width and increases the resolution by 400%. Pixel sharing also increases the definition of the display - an LED display with a 20mm pixel pitch has a virtual pixel pitch of 10mm.
|True Pixel Pitch: 20mm||True Matrix: 32 x 96||Total Pixels: 3,072|
|Virtual Pixel Pitch: 10mm||Virtual Matrix: 64 x 192||Virtual Pixels: 12,288|
Pixel Sharing Technology enhances graphics, video clips and text by smoothing out the pixilation that can occur with curved lines and make them appear jagged. Images on your new DayStar Defender are dramatically improved, increasing the effectiveness of your sign. The examples below are the same LED sign displaying the original capabilities as well as the smoother appearance of the Stewart Signs Dynamic Matrix.
Will a DayStar Defender 20mm display with a virtual pixel pitch of 10mm look as good as a true 10mm display?
No, but when comparing two LED displays with equal dimensions
the investment in the DayStar Defender 20mm display will be 3 to 4 times less!
Scheduling software allows you to display messages on certain days and times. All messages and schedules are stored onboard the sign, preventing computer and power problems from affecting your display. Communication with the sign can be achieved with a standard computer network connection.
Video & Graphics Capabilities
In addition to text, your DayStar Defender display can show your own video clips, animations and still images. Attract even more attention with an array of special effects for transitioning frames on and off the display. Create interest and movement designed to draw the eye to your message!
Time & Temperature
Serve your community while delivering your message! The current time, date and temperature can be displayed at any point and embedded with your own text or graphics. Temperature is derived from the included temperature probe attached to the sign. Time and date are derived from the internal clock with battery, and does not have to be reset in the event of a power-outage.
Adjustable Brightness & Scheduled Dimming
Your DayStar Defender display is capable of automatic or manually set brightness; allowing you to tailor the display to the light levels and unique circumstances of your location. A light meter can adjust the display brightness automatically to ambient light conditions. If using the manual setting, different brightness levels can be set for daytime and nighttime use. Your display can even be set to turn off and back on at certain times.
Our DayStar Defender signs are available in a wide variety of sizes to suit your specific needs. Our LED modules can be configured to nearly any physical display size height and width. Below is a representation of our most common sizes. Please speak with a Stewart representative to learn more about these options. Our product line is divided by pixel pitch. You can learn more about pixel pitch at our LED Education Center.
Leg height and top cabinet height are adjustable to suit your needs.
All measurements shown are approximations; dimensions of final product may vary.
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DayStar Defender 16mm 80 Pixel High Displays
|10 rows of 4.4" text|
|9 rows of 5" text|
|8 rows of 5.7" text|
|7 rows of 6.6" text|
|6 rows of 7.8" text|
|5 rows of 9.4" text|
|4 rows of 12" text|
|3 rows of 16.2" text|
|2 rows of 24.6" text|
|1 row of 50.4" text|
DayStar Defender 16mm 60 Pixel High Displays
|7 rows of 4.4" text"|
|6 rows of 5.7" text|
|5 rows of 6.3" text|
|3 rows of 8.2" text|
|2 rows of 18.9" text|
|1 row of 37.8" text|
DayStar Defender 16mm 40 Pixel High Displays
|5 rows of 4.4" text|
|4 rows of 5.7" text|
|3 rows of 6.3" text|
|2 rows of 8.2" text|
|1 row of 25.2" text|
DayStar Defender 20mm 64 Pixel High Displays
|8 rows of 5.5" text|
|7 rows of 6.4" text|
|6 rows of 7.6" text|
|5 rows of 9.3" text|
|4 rows of 11.8" text|
|3 rows of 16" text|
|2 rows of 24.4" text|
|1 row of 50.4" text|
DayStar Defender 20mm 48 Pixel High Displays
|6 rows of 5.5" text|
|5 rows of 6.8" text|
|4 rows of 8.7" text|
|3 rows of 11.8" text|
|2 rows of 18.1" text|
|1 row of 37.8" text|
DayStar Defender 20mm 40 Pixel High Displays
|5 rows of 5.5" text|
|4 rows of 7.1" text|
|3 rows of 9.7" text|
|2 rows of 15" text|
|1 row of 31.5" text|
DayStar Defender 20mm 32 Pixel High Displays
|4 rows of 5.5" text|
|3 rows of 7.6" text|
|2 rows of 11.8" text|
|1 row of 25.2" text|
DayStar Defender 26.6mm 48 Pixel High Displays
|6 rows of 7.3" text|
|5 rows of 9.0" text|
|4 rows of 11.5" text|
|3 rows of 15.7" text|
|2 rows of 24.0" text|
|1 row of 50.2" text|
DayStar EXP 26.6mm 36 Pixel High Displays
|4 rows of 7.3" text|
|3 rows of 9.0" text|
|3 rows of 11.5" text|
|2 row of 15.7" text|
|1 row of 37.7" text|
DayStar Defender 26.6mm 24 Pixel High Displays
|3 rows of 7.3" text|
|2 rows of 11.5" text|
|1 row of 25.1" text|
All of the display sizes above can be incorporated into our DayStar Classic cabinet. This model consists of two different styles: the Classic I and the Classic II. Below are some examples of our most popular size display in both styles. Please contact us for more information or additional specifications.
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Our DayStar Classic option combines a DayStar Defender LED display with a monument-style setting. This look will complement more traditional architectures while providing all of the benefits of our standard DayStar Defender signs.
Many sizes and styles are available. Please contact us for more information and options.
DayStar Defender LED signs are available with your choice of full-color or red shaded displays. Please speak with a Stewart representative to determine which option best suits your specific needs.
With a Stewart DayStar Defender, you use a computer to send text, images, video clips and animations to the sign, as well as scheduling when and how they appear. We offer several different methods of communicating between your computer and the sign.
The following factors are important when deciding on a communication method:
- The distance between your sign site and your computer or network
- The possibility of trenching or burying data cables
- The desire and/or ability to control the sign from one or multiple computers
- The speed and reliability of the connection
- The potential for additional costs associated with your chosen communication method
We offer the following communication methods for the DayStar Defender:
Full specifications for each of these communication methods are available in the following documents:
ID Cabinet Sizes
Each DayStar Defender can be manufactured to include a cabinet designed to identify your organization. Identification cabinets are uniquely designed using your colors and symbol or logo.
ID cabinets are available in the following heights: 1', 1'6", 2', 2'6", 3', 3'6", and 4'
ID Cabinet Changeable Letter & Panel Tracking
We also offer tracking attached directly to the face of the ID cabinet. This tracking can be used for changeable letters or word panels.
Please contact us for more information about this option.
You may also wish to view our graphics & color options.
Our DayStar Defender signs are controlled with the powerful DayStar Media software. Experience the convenience and versatility of a computer-controlled display!
Add text, images and video clips with ease. A virtually unlimited number of items can be added to your display! Use your own image and video files, or download them from our graphics library.
Image File Formats Supported: BMP, GIF, ICO, JPG, PNG, and TIF.
Choose from multiple transition effects to bring items on and off of the display, and control the speed and direction of certain effects.
Add the current date and time in multiple formats. The current temperature can be displayed in Fahrenheit or Celsius.
Schedule frames to appear daily, weekly, monthly or yearly, or on certain dates and times.
Trigger messages to be shown when the temperature goes above or below a set value.
Add borders to frames and semi-transparent text on top of images for increased visual interest.
Date & Time Formats
Automatically display the number of days, hours, minutes or seconds until a specified date and time. Generate excitement and anticipation for your events!
Preview your message before placing it on the display. Know exactly how your message will look before sending it to the sign!
The software can be run on any modern Windows®-based computer. The following are the minimum requirements for installation:
- Windows XP Service Pack 3 and above, .NET 3.51 and above
- 512 MB RAM
- True color 24-bit color video card, minimum resolution of 1024x768
- 100 MB free drive space
- Network card
- Adobe Reader or other PDF viewing software
Learn more about DayStar Media on our Support Site.
Today we proudly erected our new Stewart church sign. Three hours later someone dropped in and said, "Guys, the sign looks great!" Amen!
- Tim Tudor, Minister
- Keystone Christian Church
- Indianapolis, IN
- Separate weather resistant & temperature controlled LED cabinet
- Ultra-bright LEDs to compete with the sun
- LED cover prevents damage from vandalism & UV light
- Schedule messages years in advance
- No service contracts or maintenance fees
- Use your own video clips, images & animations
- Full color & shaded displays
- Current date, time & temperature
- Adjustable brightness & scheduled dimming
- Lifetime warranty on structure & face
- 5 year warranty on LED display
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