The Battle is On! Monochrome Vs Grayscale LED Displays

There is a lot confusion in the industry as to what the difference is between monochrome LED displays and grayscale LED displays. Most of the time people - even ourselves- use the terms interchangeably but there are times when businesses specifically ask for a grayscale or monochrome display presuming there to be a distinction between the two. They know that their needs would better be met by a particular type they may have seen before. So, what is that difference? N2- Full ColorIn general, monochrome and grayscale in the LED sign industry are both used to refer to single color LED displays. Full color LED signs (also called RGB LED display) have a red, a blue, and a green LED diode in each pixel and can display all possible color combinations. In contrast, single color LED displays, as the name indicates, have one single LED diode per pixel and all of the LED lights on the board are the same color. Strictly speaking in some understandings of the term, the LED diodes in an outdoor monochrome LED display only have one level of brightness, so either they are on or they are off. Let’s imagine Solo monochormewe have a red monochrome LED display; If the lights are on, that pixel will be red and every LED diode that is turned on will have exactly the same shade of the color red. On the other hand, if the lights are off, that pixel will be black - the standard background color for an LED sign. The perfect monochrome display examples are the LED signs typically found on the highway and used by municipal agencies. Those signs usually only display very simple text and are mostly aimed to notify drivers of road conditions, give directions, or public service announcements. Outdoor grayscale signs also have one color LED diodes, Solo grayscalebut each light can shine at different levels of brightness, allowing for many shades of the same color. If we go back to our red LED sign example, if it were gray-scale, each one of the LED lights could be displaying a different intensity - or shade- of the color red. That means some of the diodes could be displaying a pinkish-red, while different ones show an orange-red and others a bright-red. This makes gray scale the preferred choice for LED signs that display pictures or videos, since it allows for more definition and shades in the images. In practice, all outdoor gray-scale LED signs could also function as monochrome signs if that is what the business owner prefers. In other words, all of the LED diodes on a gray scale LED board can be set at the same brightness level. Why would a business want to buy an outdoor monochrome or a gray scale LED display? Outdoor LED signs are a powerful advertising tool, in fact, the Small Business Administration calls them the most-cost effective form of advertising, but they require a significant upfront investment. An outdoor grayscale LED display could provide many of the advantages of an LED sign at a significantly lower cost. If the goal of the business is to advertise with text or simple images or videos, gray-scale or monochrome LED signs could be a great, more affordable alternative. There are aesthetic considerations too depending on the look the business is seeking to convey. Cirrus’ LED systems responded to the demand for a single color LED display by introducing its revolutionary Grayscale Solo LED System. Solo was designed with small businesses in mind: a great looking, high quality, outdoor gray-scale LED display at an ultra-affordable price. After rigorous development, our engineers succeeded in producing lower cost panels without sacrificing any of Cirrus systems’ quality. Not only that, our grayscale Solo LED system is also less expensive than text-only, run-of-the-mill LED signs. We will also price match against any domestic competitor with a comparable product. Solo has the same features and capabilities all other Cirrus systems are known for: Modular technology, green design, accessible from the LED cloud software and 24 hour lead time; It plays video, images, and text at a medium resolution of 15 millimeter pixel pitch. If you want to learn more about the Solo Gray scale LED display system email us or call us at 1.877.636.2331.

Will The Advances on LED Cloud Software Change Customer Support Forever?

Last time we discussed the seven things that make for the best LED message board software in the market. This week, we want to focus on the customer service aspect of our powerful Cirrus LED Cloud Software.This web-based software not only allows the sign owner not to worry about installing updates, which device to use to modify their playlist, or how to update the content in the sign. Acrylic Sign vs EMC Comic #1_web It also gives us, the sign manufacturer, a powerful tool; our cloud LED software can remotely diagnose problems with your LED sign and allows us to fix them from afar. This saves the sign-owner and the sign-shop grief, time, and money. All Cirrus LED systems come with our powerful Cirrus LED Cloud web-based software that allows us to diagnose and fix problems on any Cirrus LED system. No need to send the LED panel back or send someone to repair the LED Sign. Go-Green-With-CirrusThe customer support console in the Cloud LED software comes loaded with messages, and logs that notify our agents of which problems you LED sign has and allows them to solve it for you. These are some of the things we can remotely diagnose for you:
  • Temperature of each individual LED panel in a sign: The LED Cloud system constantly monitors the temperature of each panel to make sure none are overheating.

  • No internet connection: A common problem but sometimes hard to detect; our system will let us know if the sign is not able to access the internet. The LED Cloud software allows you to upload an offline playlist to make sure your LED sign still displays content if problems with your internet provider or connection occur

  • Problems with the configuration of your playlist: We can detect if there are problems within your playlist, or if your schedule or your content isn’t configured correctly and help you solve that.

  • Panels are not correctly connected to each other: Our web-based LED system will let us know if any - and which- of the LED panels are not correctly connected to each other.

  • No Data or no power: We can detect problems with the data or the power in each panel. Blade LED panels also has a health indicator light that blinks blue if the panel has power and data. We can also turn off that indicator light at your request.

  • We can detect problems with the different apps installed on your panel.

  • Adjust coloring and brightness problems: The sign doesn’t look quite right? You can give us a call and we can adjust the coloring and brightness for you until you are satisfied that it looks exactly the way you want it.

These are some of the key things that our LED Cloud based Software can solve remotely, saving sign-shops and sign-owners time and money. Do you have a question about the software? Want to learn how it works in-depth? Or want to ask something to our customer support team? Send us a comment below, email us at or call us at any time at 1-877-636-2331.

Guest Blog Post: DigitalsignageBlog – The Truth Behind The Pitch: Virtual vs True Pixel Pitch

Virtual pixel with backgroundA team member posted a guest blog post on DigitalSignageBlog about the difference between Virtual and True pixel configuration. A pretty controversial topic. Let us know if this topic interests you or leave a comment letting us know which topic would you like to read about. Read the post here or download a copy here.

7 Great Things to Look for in Your LED Display Software

One thing that is often overlooked when deciding which LED display manufacturer to buy from is the software that controls the sign. Most digital marquees come with a free, pre-installed LED display software and without it, LED display screens can’t run. Yet, the better and more user-friendly that the LED display software is, the easier it will be to create and modify eye catching messages for your new electronic marquee sign. Preview, Create, ScheduleBuying from a sign manufacturer that provides a high-quality software can be the difference between a successful LED advertising display and one that fails to attract new customers. A good LED display software will allow you to easily produce professional quality images and videos. And a user-friendly interface will let you to effortlessly create schedules, offline playlists, and change your message, giving your business the flexibility it needs to make your programmable message board the most effective form of advertising. On the other hand, ineffective and complicated LED display software will make creating and uploading images and videos hard. Like anything that is difficult, people will try to avoid it and that will result in a digital marquee with a boring, simple sign that never gets updated and as such fails to attract new customers and increase sales. So, what makes an LED display software great? Here are some things ask from the sign manufacturer at the time of evaluating which electronic marquee to buy.
  1. Is it free and pre-installed?
  2. Make sure it comes with the electronic message board and it doesn’t require any extra-fees or monthly licenses.
  3. What happens when the LED display software gets updated?
  4. You need to make sure that you can take advantage of any new features the company develops. Will the new updates be compatible with your older signs? Will this updates be free? How will you get those updates? Will you be required to download something from the web or get a new CD mailed to you to install the new LED display program? Or do they have a cloud based LED display software, meaning, the software updates itself automatically when you log-in?
  5. Is it user friendly?
  6. You should request a Demo and see how easy (or hard) it is to manipulate and create new content and preview it in the console. led cloud logo
  7. Which devices can you use to update your digital marquee?
  8. Most LED displays’ software is only compatible with PCs. You might want to explore the flexibility of a platform and device agnostic solution. The Cirrus LED display Cloud Software not only allows you to update your content from your Mac and PC but, also from your Apple or Android phone or tablet.
  9. Which formats does the system allow you to upload?
  10. Make sure the LED display software accepts the formats you are used to handle such as JPEG, PNG, Mp4, etc.
  11. Does it allows scheduling, offline playlists, and other type of playlists?
  12. The ability to reach your audience with the right message at the right time is one of the biggest advantages of an LED sign. This is really important for Electronic Message Boards owners but fundamental for Billboard Advertising. LED Cloud Apps
  13. How large is the LED display software library?
  14. Not only you need to make sure the software’s library offers several fonts and colors, but most LED display programs nowadays have built-in apps, video backgrounds, transitions and shadows, etc. Here at Cirrus LED systems we are very proud of our LED Display Cloud Software and would love a chance to answer any question you might have. So, feel free to call us at 1.877.636.2331 or email us for your free Demo.