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TURN-KEY Sign Manufacturing, Sign Installation, and Sign Service
Guaranteed Highest Quality ... Guaranteed Lowest Price™
Sunburst Displays™ also guarantees that our price will be the lowest price you can obtain on the products described in this website; now or anytime during the next 90 days.
If you are offered a lower price by someone else we will match that lower price PLUS give you 10% of the difference.
Many people selling Message Centers don't (or can't) talk about how and why the sign they are selling is built the way it is. Because we are the manufacturer, and offer 8 DIFFERENT LED MODELS for outdoor use, we can help you decide which is right for your business.
Furthermore, our advanced control hardware inside the sign will take an "equivalent" sign and make it look even better:
We know that shopping for something as detailed as Message Centers can be confusing. Check out our Specifications to help you ask the right questions.
No matter what types of signs you are interested in, our sales team, consisting of 11 highly-trained individuals, is at your beck and call.
Let us meet with you in your office, or at your new signs location, or home, or anywhere.
You will probably have a firm quotation for what you want during our meeting; certainly no more than a day later.
Visit Our Unique Sign Lighting Laboratory and Demonstration Showroom with LED Video Displays
Unique in the entire sign industry, Sunburst Displays™ built an 85’ by 50’ (over 4,000 sq ft) indoor sign lighting laboratory for testing the longevity, visibility, and effectiveness of all the lighted signs we manufacture.
We have opened our laboratory to the public, for FREE, adding a Sign Showroom that includes Message Centers because we realized how important one would be to consumers.
Therefore, 6 mm, 8 mm, 10 mm, 12mm, 16mm and 19mm 4+billion-color exposed-LED Balanced Array™, exposed-LED Classic™ pixel-cluster Message Centers, and SMD enclosed-LED Message Centers are always available for you to compare to monotone message centers and monochrome 4-thousand-shade display signs.
We are the only manufacturer of all 3 types of Message Centers; Balanced Array™ and Classic™ (Exposed Pixel Cluster), as well as SMD LED Signs™ (Enclosed Pixel Cluster) types of displays.
Also on display are an economical fixed-message Full-color LED Message Centers and a fully self-contained, self-powered portable LED Sign trailer, the LED Sled™.
In addition to Message Centers our showroom also displays channel letter signs, both neon and LED lighted. Reverse channel letter signs. Cabinet signs, fluorescent, HID, or LED lighted. Neon and LED building accent lighting. Pinlights™ signs. Letterlites™ signs. Pole, pylon and monument signs. Color-changing signs. Signs with wall-wash lighting. Routed sign faces. Digitally printed and cut vinyl decorated sign faces. Push-thru lettering. And more.
Don't buy a sign from a drawing when you can actually see and compare real signs.
Live Demonstrations of Signage Features
No one else can offer you this unique opportunity. Be sure to take advantage.
If you don't visit it could cost you thousands in sales every year. Can you afford not to?
"I almost made a huge mistake by not listening to you and visiting your showroom prior to buying my sign. I thought I knew what I wanted, after listening to so many salespeople...boy, was I wrong. My vision of the sign did not jibe with what it would really turn out to be, even after viewing so many drawings. It was obvious the moment I entered the showroom. If I had stuck to my guns my sign would have been a disaster. I would have wasted a lot of money."
Your business will be better because you do.
Sometimes it really pays to shop.
As an additional enticement to coax you into our showroom, and also smooth our manufacturing flow, we periodically have limited Specials only available "in-store;" even unannounced to our sales team.
They are based on opportunities in our production scheduling. If we tell our salespeople in advance they collectively sell too many, causing other problems!
Specials are always for a specific type of custom-built sign with a large variety of available options, but a very limited quantity, and first-come-first-served.
Free On-Site Demonstrations
Arrange an on-site demonstration today! Demonstrations are available in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex and all of North Texas.
View first-hand the importance of everything we discuss below.
Using Our Website to Learn About Sunburst Displays™
Your sign forms that very important "first impression" your potential customer has of your business. Your sign must always look nearly as good as it looked the day it was installed so that you survive; don't give potential customers a worsening impression of your business as your sign ages.
Click on the "Technical Details" tab to the left to learn about the intricacies of a Sunburst LED Signs™ Digital Electronic Message Centers.
Also discover how we make each sign to last; including the use of CNC manufacturing, rust-proof metal, structural-steel frames, high-end automotive paint, high-impact plastics, and most importantly, sophisticated protective coatings. All our signs include these many hidden features, critically important to you but often ignored by competitors so they can make more money. We even add self-cleaning properties. Click on the "Construction Details" tab to learn more about these features.
Sunburst Displays™ uses SolarBrite™ LEDs exclusively in manufacturing Sunburst Displays™. Click on the "LED Technology" tab to learn why.
With Electronic Message Centers you are leaving your computer out in the Texas rain, ice, heat and cold, and tornados and hurricane-force winds are trying to blow it away. Sunburst Displays are Built in Texas, for Texans, by us.™
But, it takes more than purchasing an excellent sign for your success. It must be installed properly, and someday in the far future hopefully, it will need to be serviced. This is why it will be important to you that WE manufacture, install and service your LED Electronic Message Centers!
Please use and enjoy this website, the largest information resource about electronic message centers on the internet, created so you can learn about all types of signs and how you can control their affect on your image.
We believe that if you're a knowledgeable purchaser there's a real good chance you'll become our customer.
If you live outside of Texas, please go to http://www.BroadwayDigitalLEDSigns.com (our sister website.)
Changeable Message Centers – A Brief History
When color LEDs were introduced existing computers could not coordinate the virtually unlimited display options a balanced array offered. This resulted in a very “grainy” product. The 3 led colors (RGB) were therefore grouped into “pixel clusters” so that these classic computers could control the display, providing better results.
The technical ability to place larger individual LEDs closer together without electrical co-interference has greatly improved also. At the same time, the ability to place 3 small LEDs in a single lens evolves.
Not bound by pre-existing equipment or designs, and rather than invest in dated technology, Sunburst LED Signs™ utilizes modern computing power to control the virtually limitless potential of our large LED Balanced Array™ Video Displays and Message Centers.
Message Centers Cost and Pricing Information
Sold FACTORY-DIRECT to our customers. No middle-man profits.
Notice, too, how dealing directly with the manufacturer will save you additional thousands of dollars in sales/use taxes!
The detailed construction and installation information below, and on tabs to the left, is very important in developing a sign that will accomplish your goals.
Please contact us to develop an exact plan to meet your particular needs - for free (see our "Sign Design" page.)
Our professional staff will usually have exact quotations, and exact scale drawings of your signs installed on your building or property ready for you the same day we meet with you. (Much faster than the 2 1/2 week average in our industry.)
If you are planning for the future, please bookmark our website as a "Favorite" so you can find us when you are ready.
"We are buying our next digital signs from you. It is too much effort and money to keep up with a low quality sign."
The Most Cost-Effective Advertising You Can Do
How much would you invest to double your take-home pay?
The United State Small Business Administration (SBA) says that Message Centers in front of a business increases the store’s sales volume 15 – 150%.
Even with a 50% cost-of-goods this is an increase in take-home pay of 7.5% - 75%. Most businesses do not have this high a cost-of-goods.
Deduct from this amount the $10.25 per day it costs to both purchase and operate a 6’ x 12’ free-standing full-color Message Centers that are installed 20’ tall, paying off the loan in 6 years. After that, only deduct about $1.00 per day.
It’s Black and White; what are your current sales? Do you want the additional income? Are you willing to invest $10.25 per day?
This is probably the safest investment in the world, with the highest potential return, for a business owner to make.
“In my previous 9 years of being in business I have never had 40 customers in a day. Since you put up my Sunburst™ LED Display sign I have so-far averaged 53 customers per day, but my business is still growing again.”
Muhammad Faridi, MD, McAllen Medical Center, Dallas, Texas
"...they (American Red Cross) are so impressed with your company and the ROI of the signage..."
The nature of competition is that every competitor that buys a similar sign after you do will try to purchase one that is bigger and better.
Because of this, buy the latest technology and the biggest sign allowed by city ordinance.
Be very careful when picking your sign company. There are good ones out there, but there are far more "bargain basement" companies. Sometimes the cheapest bidder may be the best (banners, vinyl graphics, etc.) but this is not true with an LED Display.
Look at an excerpt from an article in Sign & Digital Graphics, a trade magazine, which gives advice to brokers who are purchasing this type of signage for resale:
You May Qualify for a "Better Than Free™" Sign
Dependent on your location, Sunburst Displays™ may be able to offer you INCOME from a FREE pole, pylon, monument sign, or electronic message center.
Click on the "Cost" tab on the left for details.
Why Buy Factory-Direct, and from a State-Licensed Company?
Would you give a car dealer $10,000 and tell him to buy you the best car he can for the money, sight unseen (or from a drawing?) Don't you think you would get the car that made him the most?
Do you think you could meet your needs asking for the cheapest car he can buy?
Why would a sign dealer (sign broker or sign store) be any different? Remember, they are merely buying a sign from a manufacturer, maybe foreign, to resell to you, usually to resemble a drawing, making the most money they can.
Believing "...a sign is a sign" gets you a Yugo instead of a Cadillac. Remember the Yugo? They didn't last very long, either.
Also, most sign dealers, sign brokers and sign stores cannot legally install or service an electric sign. Ask to see their license.
Ask to see a manufacturer's license also. A few are not licensed to do electrical work, either, they also have to hire other companies to install the signs they make.
Now, who provides the warranty? The manufacturer, the installer, the salesman, anyone? If the sign was installed illegally do you think they'll honor their warranty? Did they REALLY obtain your City sign permit? Is the sign even safe?
As a large, UL listed manufacturer, our name is on all our signs. Just like you, we can't afford to have a bad sign destroy our business. We have to care, particularly with our 3-Year Guarantee and Lifetime Warranty*.
If you wonder if a sign-seller can legally install and service electrical signs through-out Texas go to http://www.tdlr.texas.gov/LicenseSearch, enter "Electricians" in the "Inquire by License Type" box and the name of the sign business or person in the "Inquire by Name" box. If they are not licensed they can not.
So someone can sell you signs and not be licensed to install or service them. You may have to have this done. But unless the electrical signs you buy are "listed" (U.L. usually) they won't be allowed to be installed in Texas, a State of Texas Consumer Protection Safety Law designed to insure that signs are safe to use, with a few local city ordinance exceptions. It is not illegal to sell them to you, however. Buy carefully.
The State of Texas does NOT allow the installation on non-Listed electrical signs, and a Texas Sign Contractors License (TSCL) is not evidence of an OSHA approved Listing for electrical signs. Additional approvals are required.
"I had a **** (sign company) right across the street … that store's out of business now … I found out they hired some other company to build and install our sign and they did a really #@%&&$ job, the thing has never lit right. **** Corporate won't do anything, they say the closed store was an independent franchise, and the sign builder/installer won't fix it, they say we weren't their customer. I need you to come out, tell me what it will cost to get the thing working properly and get it fixed."
Summary - Sunburst LED Signs™ In a Nutshell
The Special Features and Benefits of Sunburst LED Signs™ Message Centers
Special Features and Benefits of doing business with Signs Manufacturing
The Benefits of Buying Sunburst LED Signs™ Factory-Direct
You need answers to these questions before you buy (anything from anyone.) Don’t be a naïve consumer.
* A poorly installed EMC can void a factory warranty, leaving YOU to haggle responsibility with the installer and sign seller (broker.) For instance, without a separate grounding electrode being installed during the installation of most LED signs the manufacturer’s warranty is void. Will you know if your installer doesn’t install a grounding electrode? Problems will probably begin to occur months later.
Is the sign installer working for you, or the factory, or only the sign seller (broker?) Who is legally responsible?
Who has the financial ability to remedy accidents and omissions? Single-source responsibility is best. Product liability insurance is good, too.
Why are “Listed" Signs Critical to You?
The National Electric Code (NEC) requires that for electrical, structural, and installation safety all electrical signs be "Listed" (tested and labelled with an appropriate Listing Mark.)
Certification (testing and labelling) organizations acceptable in the USA to test to the multitude of Standards signs are required to meet are determined by OSHA.
For you the Listing Mark is insurance. It means that the sign has been tested to insure that it is structurally and electrically safe, and will be installed properly. You benefit from the knowledge that it is not solely us telling you that our signs are safe, this is what the testing laboratories and the US Government says also.
Will your sign be tested and approved for safe use in a Wet (Outdoor) location? Not if it’s not Listed!
Underwriters Laboratories (“UL” Listing Mark) and Intertek (“ETL” Listing Mark – originally Edison Testing Laboratory founded by Thomas Edison) are the premier certification organizations and 80% of all things electrical are tested by them.
If the sign you are purchasing does not have a ETL or UL Listing Mark label the sign is probably not legal to install, anywhere in Texas. If your city rejects your sign after it is installed, what do you do?
Do you think a bandit sign company, manufacturing and installing illegal signs, will stand behind you? Worse, because the sign is illegal they probably tried to put it up without a City Sign Permit. Now the city can shut-down your business.
Intertek is over twice the size of UL, and has a greater global presence. UL is the largest in the USA. We have both companies test and apply Listing Marks to various signs.
Whether it's channel letters, a wall cabinet sign, a monument sign, pole or pylon signs, electronic message centers, video displays, neon or other electric signs Intertek and Underwriter’s Laboratory pose the toughest design, structural, electrical, and installation standards on the products they approve.
We are the 9th oldest UL Listed Manufacturer in North Texas. (File #UXYT.E149959)
To see if a manufacturer is a UL Listed sign manufacturer go to http://database.ul.com/cgi-bin/XYV/template/LISEXT/1FRAME/ccnsrch.html and enter "UXYT" in the "UL Category Code" box, replacing %ccn%" for lighted signs, or "UYFS" for electronic signs.
To see if a manufacturer is an ETL Listed sign manufacturer go to http://etlwhidirectory.etlsemko.com/WebClients/ITS/DLP/products.nsf/ and enter "UL-48" in the search box.
We are the third oldest ETL Listed sign company in Texas. ( File #4007685) (One of the two older companies makes lighted scoreboards, the other makes lighted office door signs.)
Incidentally, ISO (International Organization of Standardization) Standards, such as ISO 9001, are NOT electrical Listings (similar to a UL or ETL Listing) that allow a sign to be installed in Texas. That said, components in our electronic signs also meet ISO 9001 and 2008 standards.
Underwriter’s Laboratory and Intertek do NOT judge the appearance, appeal, or the longevity of a product. This is why our many years of experience serving international, national, regional and local customers, and our investment so that we can apply the knowledge we’ve gained, will give you a superior product which will impress your customers for years to come.
Free Factory Tour
Come and see the array of equipment and tools, and the facility dedicated to making good signs.
Contact a sales consultant to arrange a plant tour.
State Licensed Sign Installation and Sign Service
We are a full-service sign company. We provide sign site surveys, sign permits, sign installation and sign maintenance services for electrical and non-electrical signs for our customers as well as other sign companies. We provide this work in Dallas, Fort Worth (DFW), and ALL of North Texas and Northeast Texas.
State Sign and Electrical License Numbers: TECL17503, TSCL18015, TSCL18016.
Our technicians are also Quality Certified Signs™ certified. (Click the "Installation & Service" tab for details.)
We serve and have installed signs in the Texas cities of Addison, Aledo, Allen, Alvarado, Anna, Argyle, Arlington, Athens, Aubrey, Avalon, Azle, Balch Springs, Bedford, Benbrook, Blue Mound, Bonham, Briar, Bridgeport, Buckingham, Burleson, Caddo Mills, Canton, Carrollton, Cedar Hill, Celina, Cleburne, Cockrell Hill, Colleyville, The Colony, Combine, Coppell, Corsicana, Crandall, Crowley, Dallas, Dalworthington Gardens, Decatur, Denison, Denton, Desoto, D/FW Airport, Dido, Duncanville, Eagle Mountain Lake, Edgecliff, Ennis, Euless, Everman, Farmers Branch, Farmersville, Ferris, Flower Mound, Forest Hill, Forney, Fort Worth, Frisco, Gainesville, Garland, Glenn Heights, Granbury, Grand Prairie, Grapevine, Greenville, Gun Barrel City, Haltom City, Haslet, Highland Park, Hillsboro, Hudson Oaks, Hurst, Hutchins, Irving, Italy, Itasca, Jacksboro, Joshua, Justin, Kaufman, Keene, Keller, Kennedale, Kleberg, Krum, Lake Dallas, Lake Worth, Lakeside, Lancaster, Las Colinas, Lawson, Lewisville, Little Elm, Longview, Mansfield, Marshall, Maypearl, McKinney, Melissa, Mesquite, Midlothian, Milford, Mineral Wells, Mount Pleasant, Mount Vernon, Murphy, Nevada, Newark, North Richland Hills, Ovilla, Palmer, Pantego, Paris, Parker County, Pelican Bay, Pittsburg, Plano, Ponder, Princeton, Prosper, Quinlan, Quitman, Red Oak, Rendon, Richardson, Richland Hills, Rice, River Oaks, Roanoke, Rockwall, Rowlett, Royse City, Sachse, Saginaw, Sansom Park, Sanger, Seagoville, Sherman, Silver Creek, Southlake, Springtown, Stephenville, Sulphur Springs, Sunnyvale, Terrell, Texarkana, Trophy Club, Tyler, University Park, Van Alstyne, Valley View, Watauga, Waxahachie, Weatherford, Wedgewood, Westlake, Weston, Westover Hills, Wheatland, White Settlement, Whitney, Wichita Falls, Willow Park, Wills Point, Wilmer, and Wylie.
ZIP Codes 75001 thru 76958.
Area Codes 214, 254, 430, 469, 682, 817, 903, 940, and 972.
Serving Collin, Cook, Dallas, Denton, Ellis, Fannin, Franklin, Grayson, Henderson, Hill, Hood, Hopkins, Hunt, Johnson, Kaufman, Lamar, Navarro, Parker, Rockwall, Somervell, Tarrant, Titus, Van Zandt, Wood, and Wise Counties in Texas.
We also have signs in 43 different states, and 6 other nations.
Sunburst Displays' Four-building Manufacturing Campus prior to our 7,500 sq. ft. expansion (2001 photo courtesy of Bing.)
Weekend photo showing Sunburst Displays' 2004 Building Expansion, taken during our 2009 re-roofing project (Courtesy of Google Earth.)
E-Mail Specials & Newsletter Blog
Occasionally Sunburst Displays™ will have excess production on certain sign types, or discounts on installation or service exceeding our standard 3-Year Guarantee and Lifetime Warranty* 20% discount.
Or, we have information about Sunburst Displays, or the sign industry, we would like to share.
If you would like to be informed of these specials by email, click on the "Newsletter & Blog " tab to the left, and send us your contact information or subscribe to our RSS feed.
Texas' Success Story
The Dallas/Fort Worth "Metroplex" continues as the fastest growing large city area in the United States, year-after-year. It is the fourth fastest growing such area in the world. As fast as in China or India!
Dr. Mine Yucel, Vice President and Senior Economist for the Federal Reserve Bank in Dallas, reports that more people are working in Texas than ever before.
North Texas is expected to gain over 4,000,000 new residents in just the next 4 years! The business economy HERE remains healthy! Well over 100 new businesses are started in just the D/FW Metroplex every week.
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