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SpectraLite LED Digits

Which LED digit style is best for my scoreboard?

Advanced SpectraLite™ LED Digit Technology

Available in four styles to fit your scoreboard budget and needs.

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SpectraBrite™
The slim-line design of this super bright LED digit is economical, yet configured with more LEDs per digit than many competitors, making its design a superior choice.

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Ultra-Bold
Offers twice the number of LEDs than competitors, this digit displays brighter, clearer numerals, better daytime readability and wider viewing angle.

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Pro-Style
Provides the impact your stadium deserves. This double-stroke digit is the widest stroke in the industry. Used on the clock and scores of our larger scoreboards.

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Combination
This digit set
improves your quick readability on scoreboards Ultra-Bold digits are used for key game information, while SpectraBrite digits are used on all other numerals.

 

Important Tips!

When you shop for LED digits, be sure to ask how many LEDs come per digit.

A lot of your scoreboard expense is based on the number of LEDs you purchase. The height of the digit and the number of LEDs helps determine how well your fans can view the scores.

Make sure your scoreboard has the correct LED digit size.

Spectrum's LED digits are exactly within the viewing specifications or larger in order to prevent squinting. Your supporters are guaranteed to have a more pleasant viewing experience with our SpectraLite™ LED digits.

How do other LED digits compare to SpectraLite™ LED digits?

SpectraLite™ LED Digits are Designed to be Read Quickly

Our SpectraLite LED digits are engineered using an 8-segment solid stroke design that provides exceptional readability and an up-to-date look for your scoreboard. The extra-wide 160° viewing angle makes the digits quicker and easier to read.

SpectraLite's crisp sharp edges make the solid stroke design superior to the dated look of the LED bar segmented digit design. This is especially true when viewed at sharp angles or in direct sunlight.

SpectraLite LED digits' long-lasting performance is guaranteed for 10 years.

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Are SpectraLite™ LED digits cost effective?

SpectraLite™ LED Scoreboard Digits Are Designed to Save You Money

To maximize your energy savings, we make an auto dimming feature available for all our scoreboards. The built-in optical sensor monitors the brightness level of the environment and automatically adjusts the intensity of the LED digits in the scoreboard.

 

To put it simply, during bright sunlit days, the LED digits automatically brighten to full power, cutting through direct sunlight, while during evening and night games, they automatically dim down to make it easier on the eyes to read.

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What are my scoreboard LED digit color choices?

You're in charge!

Select your Scoreboard LED Digit Colors

Choose LED digit colors for your scoreboard. Options include all red, all amber, or a combination of both. Here are a few tips to help you decide:

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Red

A super bright LED that offers the absolute best readability in direct sunlight.

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Amber

A brilliant, yet eye-pleasing LED color that looks great day or night.

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Standard Combination

A mix of amber and red LED digits. Game information is less cluttered and easier to read. Most models are shown with critical game information in red LED's and all other information in amber LED's.

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Reverse Combination

Simply take our standard combination, and reverse it. Critical game information in amber LEDs, and all other digits are red LEDs for the same quick readability of vital game information.

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Your Combination

Create a color combination that fits your needs at no additional cost to you.

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How do you protect 'indoor' scoreboard LED digits?

Spectrum Protects your LEDs with SpectraShields™
Durable Protection and Superior Brightness!

As standard equipment, our indoor scoreboards are protected with clear, unbreakable SpectraShields.

SpectraShields are so durable that it eliminates the need for distracting nets and unsightly cages. They even enhance the brilliant clarity of each LED digit while improving wide angle visibility.

Only SpectraShields:

  • Durable protection withstands hostile environments
  • Improves wide angle visibility and LED brightness
  • Enhances the beauty of your scoreboard
  • Maintenance free
  • Only Spectrum offers SpectraShields

Guaranteed for the life of your scoreboard.

 

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Submitting Artwork

How do I prepare my scoreboard artwork for reproduction?

This list outlines steps for sending prepared artwork.
Our graphics department is also ready to assist.

Bleeds: Extend background colors 1-inch past print area
Colors: PMS (Pantone Matching System):
Spot colors provide a perfect match. Remove any unused colors from your file.

CMYK (4-color process):
May experience slight color shifts. Make sure all colors are converted to cmyk.

Metallic and Fluorescent colors are not available.


Fonts: Convert fonts to outlines, paths, curves, or include the fonts with your  job.
Links: Linked images should be hi-res cmyk files
File Size / Resolution:
Determined by your image type:
Raster images
- submit a hi-res (300dpi) image at actual size.
Vector images
- preferred format, artwork should be sized to fit the sign space.

What file format do you need to reproduce my scoreboard artwork?

This chart outlines the file formats we use to reproduce scoreboard mascots and logos.

Adobe Illustrator
Vector art saved as:
.ai 
.eps
.pdf
Adobe Photoshop Raster art, actual size, saved as: .jpg
.eps
.pdf
.psd
.tif
Corel Draw Vector art saved as: .ai
.cdr
.eps
.pdf
Gerger Omega Vector art saved as: .plt

You're speaking Greek. Can you explain some of the words you're using?

Not a problem. This chart will give you a better idea of what we are talking about. For a better understanding, our scoreboard sales department can help you.


Basic Word Terminology:
Raster Image:
Non-editable illustration, similar to a photograph.
Image will pixelate (become jagged) if over sized.
File Format: jpg, eps, tif, bmp, pdf, psd
Vector Image:
Editable illustration. Does not lose its resolution and can be any size.
Created in: Illustrator, Freehand, CorelDraw, Gerber

Low-Res Image:
72dpi –150dpi images.
Used for: computer presentations, color or laser prints, web images, etc.
Hi-Res Image:
300dpi or higher images.
Used for: offset printing for brochures, mailers, signage, etc.
dpi Used to describe the resolution number of dots per inch in a digital print and the printing resolution of a hard copy print dot gain.
In the print industry, resolution can mean your image will either pixelate and fall apart, or it will be clean, sharp, and crisp. If you are providing your own artwork, the resolutions listed below will help you understand how to make sure your artwork turns out perfect everytime.
Print Resolutions:
72dpi Used for laser printing. Web images print well at actual size.
85dpi Used for printing newspapers and other large format media.
300dpi Used for offset printing of catalogs, flyers, postcards, signage, etc.
600dpi Used for offset printing of magazines which provides sharper images
Scan Resolutions:
300dpi Use on color or greyscale images
1200dpi Use on lineart or bmp (black & white images)
2400dpi Use on lineart or bmp (provides sharper images)

How do I submit my digital scoreboard art files to you?

When your scoreboard mascots or logos are ready for reproduction,
you can submit it through the internet.

Options include:

  1. Email artwork to your sales representative
  2. FTP or upload larger files to our site

Contact your scoreboard sales representative for FTP instructions.


Choosing Electronic Display Sign

How do I figure out what size characters I need for my outdoor sign?

For every 50 feet of viewing distance,
you need a 1-inch character height.horizon-signs-distance-chart

Say your outdoor sign comes into view of traffic at 300 feet. You will need to display a 6-inch or larger character.


You can figure it this way:


300 feet (your sign comes into view)
÷50 feet (per 1-inch character)

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Totals 6 inch characters


What does speed have to do with viewing distance for my outdoor sign?

Viewing
Distance
(feet)
Minimum
Text Height
(inch)
Viewing Time
@ 30mph
(seconds)
200 4 4.5
250 5 6.0
300 6 7.5
400 8 9.5
500 10 12.0
600 12 15.0
900 18 22.5
1200 24 30.0
1800 36 46.0
NOTE: All data is approximate.

If you were in a vehicle going 30 mph,
you would need a minimum of a 4-inch
character height at a 200 feet viewing
distance for your outdoor sign.

 

Your viewing time can be affected by obstructions,
traffic speed, character size and character style.

 

The chart on the right will give you an idea of your
viewing time or try the formula below.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Viewing Time Formula


  1. Feet in a Mile X Travel Speed = Feet Traveled in an Hour
    5280 feet/mile X 30 mph = 158,400 feet

  2. Feet Traveled in an Hour ÷ Number of Minutes in One Hour = Feet Traveled per Minute
    158,400 feet ÷ 60 minutes/hour = 2640 minutes

  3. Minutes Traveled ÷ Number of Seconds in One Minute = Feet Traveled per Second
    2640 minutes
    ÷ 60 seconds/minutes = 44 feet

  4. Viewing Distance in Feet ÷ Feet per Second = Number of Seconds to View Display
    200 feet
    ÷ 44 feet = 4.5 seconds


What is the viewing angle of your electronic displays?

Horizon™ Electronic Display Signs can be read at 140° angles

Imagine standing directly in front of an electronic display at 400 feet. With a 140° viewing angle, you can move 1100 feet to your left or right and easily read the message. Notice in our diagram how large of an area that is covered by our Horizon electronic display.

 

Horizon Electronic LED Displays use a high density, wide-angle LED design. This insures the brightness and wide-angle viewing.

 

Viewing Angle Formula

140° ÷ 2 = 70°

tan(70) = 2.747 (rounds up to 2.75)

2.75 X 400 feet = 1100 feet

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What are my color options for an electronic display?

Horizon™ Electronic Displays come in
3 popular display types and color options:

DISPLAY TYPE: RGB - Full Color Greyscale
Monochrome
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COLOR OPTIONS: Up to 281 Trillion Colors 256 shades of
Amber or Red
16 shades of
Amber or Red
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APPLICATION: Popular choice for most any application. Use for displaying text, photos, animations and video. Very effective display that provides plenty of detail in graphic images to really make them stand out. An economical display for text and animations. Provides more detail than standard solid color displays.

What is a Smart Pixel™?

Smart Pixels™ can best be explained by
thinking in terms of a 'dot of light'.

smart-pixelsThese dots are made of a cluster of Light-Emitting Diodes (LEDs) to make a single pixel or light.

Spectrum's Smart Pixels™ come in a cluster of 2 to 5 LEDs per pixels in either RGB full color, Red or Amber.

 

 

 

How are Pixels used to determine the size
of an Electronic LED Display?

If you needed an 8032 display, you are actually saying you need:

 


80 pixels wide
X 32 pixels deep

Totals 2560 pixels


 

Now, if your pixel cluster has 5 LEDs per pixel, then your pixel density is actually:

 


2560 pixels
X 5 LEDs per pixel

Totals 128000 LEDs in the display

 

 

Formula:

The total number of LEDs per pixel X the number of LEDs per square meter = the total LED Density.


How important is the LED density on electronic displays?

High density electronic displays create sharper images.

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The value or cost of your display is determined by the density or number of LEDs. The higher the number of LEDs, the more value you add.

Advantages of having more LEDs per pixel:

  • Whiter White
  • Less Pixelation
  • Better Contrast
  • Truer colors
  • Longer Life

Horizon™ Electronic LED Displays have a very high LED density when compared to most other manufacturers.


What does resolution have to do with viewing an electronic display?

Resolution is how clear your message displays.

To determine your resolution, you need to know the size of your electronic sign cabinet and number of pixels.

See "What is a Smart Pixel™?" question above to figure your total number of pixels.

 

Next, you need to know the Pitch, or distance between the pixel centers.

See "What does the pitch have to do with electronic displays?" question below.

What does the pitch have to do with electronic displays?

Pitch is the distance (usually in millimeters) between pixels.

If we were to look at our LED pixel cluster or "dot of light", we would measure from the center of the first pixel cluster to the center of the next pixel cluster.

 

Notice how the 25mm pixels are closer together than the 34mm. This creates a higher resolution and better electronic display.

See "What is a Smart Pixel™?" question above for more information.

 

Important Tip!

  • Smaller the Pitch, higher the Resolution

  • Larger the Pitch, lower the Resolution

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How bright are your electronic displays?

Our electronic displays are bright enough to be seen in any given light condition, while at the same time, not so bright that it blinds people.

NIT Comparison Chart

Computer Monitor 100 NIT
Plasma Display 400 NIT
Television 400 NIT
Video wall using large rear projection cubes 1000 NIT
Video wall using small rear projection cubes 2000 NIT
Indoor LED video display 1000 - 2000 NIT
External LED video display 4000 - 7000 NIT
Clear Sky Luminance 8000 NIT
Horizon™ Electronic Message Display up to 11000 NIT

The brightness of full color animation screens are measured in NITs because each pixel uses several different colored LEDs of varying brightness.

 

NIT is a method of measuring the brightness of a surface area which means that it gives a true measurement of impact and also allows comparison to other display types, such as: plasmas, computer monitors, incandescent bulbs, etc.

 

The actual definition of NIT is candelas (not milliCandelas) per square meter.

 


Spectrum's Horizon Electronic
Message Displays cut through direct
sunlight using up to 11000 NITs.

 


An important subject related to brightness is contrast ratio.

nits-diagramThis is defined as the ratio between the brightness of an electronic display when lit and un-lit. The higher the contrast ratio, the better the display. The main factor that affects the contrast ratio is natural light reflecting off both the electronic display fascia and the actual LEDs themselves.


Horizon™ Electronic Displays enhance the contrast with:

  • sun visors over individual pixels
  • fascias coated with diffuser
  • LEDs / boards angled slightly downwards
  • LED boards treated with a proprietary matt surface

 



Formula to Figure Your Active Area

Based on a 20mm, 112x32 pixel display


First: Convert inches to mm (1" = 25.4 mm)

Next: To figure Width X Height = Active Area

 

pixel x pitch ÷ 25.4 mm = inches ÷ 12 = feet
112x20 = 2240 ÷ 25.4
= 88.188976 ÷ 12 = 7.35 feet wide
32x20 = 640 ÷ 25.4 = 25.19685 ÷ 12 = 2.09 feet height

Total active area = 7.35 feet wide X 2.09 feet height



Sign Face Styles

How durable are Horizon™ outside sign faces?

Our Horizon™ outdoor sign faces are designed not to break

We use a vacuum forming process that applies graphics to the inside face or second surface of the sign. Computerized routers raise the graphics to create an embossed finish. This method strengthens and protects your Sign Face from vandalism, airborne elements yellowing, fading, or peeling.

Features

  • Durable Pan Style Polycarbonate material
  • UV Protected to withstand harsh environments
  • Graphics applied and protected inside
  • Emboss Graphics are:
    • Easier to read
    • Increases wide viewing angles
    • Better viewing when illuminated at night
  • Guaranteed against breakage for 10 years

Will the graphics on the sign face face crack or peel?

Horizon™ outdoor sign faces are designed to prevent cracking, peeling and fading

We use two methods to apply graphics to the inside or second surface of the sign.

  1. Vinyl Graphics - a durable plastic material that provides solid even coverage
  2. Acrylic Paint - high quality product adheres to the inside face of the sign and resists deteriorating

 

How strong are the outside sign cabinet?

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Our sign cabinets are constructed using heavy-duty dent resistant aluminum

These attractive cabinets are built as a single-unit to withstand extreme weather conditions while offering great curb appeal.

 

Available in any color.
Our outdoor signs come protected by our Premium Polyurethane finish with UV inhibitors for added strength and durability.

 

 

How bright will the outdoor sign faces light up?

Our illuminated outdoor sign faces
offer exceptional lighting

We install the maximum allowable high-output GE HO fluorescent lights inside the frame to prevent shadows or dark areas when the sign is illuminated.

 

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Submitting Sign Artwork

What artwork services to you provide for outdoor signs?

Our graphics department reproduces artwork based on your specifications,
or you can request a new design to fit your image.

Reproducing Your Artwork:

  1. Provide digital files plus a laser print or fax
  2. Label colors and any important information
  3. Extra cost applies on redrawn images


Requesting A New Design:

  1. Send us your ideas and any logos
  2. Provide a laser print or fax if necessary
  3. Tell us what colors you want to use
  4. Relax. We'll do the rest and send you a proof for approval

How do I prepare my artwork for sign reproduction?

Artwork should be scaled to fit the height X width of the sign area

This check list will help you prepare ready-to-use artwork.

Bleeds: Extend background colors 1-inch past print area
Colors: Convert all colors to CMYK (4-color process). Metallic and Fluorescent colors are not available.
Fonts: Convert fonts to outlines, paths, curves, or include the fonts with your the job.
Links: Include linked images as hi-res cmyk files
File Size:

Is determined by your image type:

  • Raster images are non-editable images similar to a photograph.
    Submit as a hi-res (300dpi) image at actual size.
  • Vector images are editable illustrations.
    This is the preferred format artwork should be scaled to fit the sign space.

What file format do need to reproduce my sign artwork?

This list outlines the file formats we use for reproducing sign artwork.

Adobe Illustrator
Vector art saved as:
.ai 
.eps
.pdf
Adobe Photoshop Raster art, actual size, saved as: .jpg
.eps
.pdf
.psd
.tif
Gerger Omega Vector art saved as: .plt

How do I send digital files for sign reproduction?

When you sign artwork is ready for reproduction, you can submit it through the internet.

Options generally include:

  1. Email artwork to your sales representative
  2. Upload larger files to our ftp site

 

Contact your sales representative for details on the best way to submit your digital files.


Electronic LED Display Software

Full color and 256 shades - Horizon Electronic LED Display Software

Deliver Powerful and Effective Animations to your Electronic LED Display

 

Features

  • Manage Simple Timeline Effects
  • Schedule Messages and Animations
  • Add your text to included Animations and Backgrounds
  • Design Gradients, Fill Effects and Patterns
  • Select from Multiple Transition Effects and Combinations
  • Import Graphic Animations, Movies and Pictures
  • View Messages Before Displaying

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Easily create a message schedule for your Electronic LED Display


Features

  • Display current Date, Time and Temperature
  • Edit Text Message Frames
  • Create Simple Animations
  • Schedule Messages and Animations
  • View Messages Before Displaying

 

 

Software Training for Content Creation on your Electronic LED Display

Create dynamic animation and content on your Electronic LED Display

Horizon Electronic LED Display Software is easy to learn and use. Spectrum also provides complete training and phone support to help you with your animation and content creation. If needed, we can help you create a few of your own animations so you're up and ready to go.


Horizon-Pro Software

Horizon-Pro Software

Spectrum's Horizon-Pro™ Electronic Display Software Offers a Powerful Solution for your Content Creation

Create animations the way you like it. Text messages and animations come to ife on your electronic display when you use our powerful yet easy-to-use Horizon-Pro™ Display Software. Our software comes packed with a host of new features that quickly gets you up and running.

Powerful, yet simplistic:

  • Create dynamic movie files with timeline effects,
    pop-up menus, and frame templates.
  • Transition from basic movies to advanced
    concepts quickly and easily.

Features

  • Create up to 100 Hot Key Predefine Messages
  • Manage Simple Timeline Effects
  • Schedule Messages and Animations
  • Add your text to included Animations and Backgrounds
  • Design Gradients, Fill Effects and Patterns
  • Select from Multiple Transition Effects and Combinations
  • Import Graphic Animation, Movies, and Pictures
  • View Messages Before Displaying
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Horizon-Pro Software Training

Create Dynamic Animations for Your Horizon-Pro™ Electronic Display

Spectrum provides training for Horizon-Pro™ software. We can also set up a few animations so you're ready for your first game.


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Football programs that purchase Horizon-Pro™ LED Electronic Displays will receive a free copy of Spectrum's SportsPak1 exclusive football animations.


Scoreboard Finish

How durable is the scoreboard finish?

Spectrum's Premium Polyurethane Finish
Will Outlast Our Competitors

Our premium polyurethane finish is so superior, its even better than automotive-grade paint. With the proper finish, you prevent your scoreboard from fading prematurely and you assure a pleasing impression.

Benefits:

  • Best finish in the industry
  • Outlasts competitors
  • Resists Fading
  • UV Resistant

 

Additional Protection

Increase the life and beauty of your scoreboard when you add our Perma-Coat finish. This option protects your investment and extends your warranty.

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How does the Perma-Coat option protect my investment?

Spectrum's Perma-Coat Option
Protects Vinyl Graphics and Finish

Our scoreboard graphics are created using 3M - 220 High Performance Vinyl. This is the highest quality vinyl available and has an excellent durability with five to eight-year exterior life.

When you add our Perma-Coat option with UV inhibitors, it increases the life of your graphics, protects your finish, and enhances the overall look of your scoreboard.

Perma-Coat Benefits:

  • Adds a protective coat over entire scoreboard
  • Protects border, captions, mascot and finish
  • Helps prevent fading
  • Lengthens life of polyurethane finish
  • Extends your warranty on the finish

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Horizon ME3 Software

I just re-installed my Media Editor 3 software and it is asking me for an access key.

At one point, Media Editor 3 was a license regulated software. We have since changed to an open activation of your software through a web update.

If you get the screen for an access key, close out of all Media Editor 3 screens, then re-open the application. If you are connected to the web, your software will update and activate automatically. If you have a more recent disc, you will not require this patch.

Is Media Editor 3 the only program I can use for making my LED sign messages?

No, you are not required to use Media Editor 3 for creating your led sign content. ME3 is an easy-to-use software that allows you to make your movies to the correct led sign size.

If you have another program that can create AVI or MPEG files, feel free to try it as an alternative; you may be more comfortable with it. You can also create text and import images in the UserEnd software, however, it will not have any animated functions for the text and images.

 

Does it matter what LED sign type I choose when I start a new movie?

Yes. You want to make sure that you match your LED sign type to the LED sign that you have. If you do not use the correct LED sign type, it could cause your movies to look dark or dim.

Example:

If you have a red LED sign that displays in 256 shades of red, be sure to pick “Red 256 Shades”.

If it's a full color LED sign, select RGB Full Color.

 

What file formats can I import and use in Media Editor 3?

Media Editor 3 can utilize the most common media file types for both images and videos.

Images: BMP, GIF, JPG, PNG, TIFF
Video: AVI, MPEG

The end result of your exported media editor movie will be in a video format, such as AVI or MPEG.
The AVI and MPEG file is what you will send to your sign with the UserEnd Software.

My Word Art Text is blurry. How can I fix it?

There is a default property of word art that is called Antialiasing. It is set to smooth the edges of the font, but it may cause some fonts and sizes to blur.

To turn Antialiasing off:

  • Select the word art box you want to fix
  • Find the Antialiasing property on the right hand side of your screen
  • Change the value from Smooth to None

Horizon UserEnd Software

Why do my messages look fine in UserEnd preview, but distort while playing on my LED sign?

If you come across distortion like this you need to check a few settings between UserEnd and Media Editor 3.

Check your sign size.

Make sure your LED sign size is correct in both UserEnd and Media Editor 3.
If you try to cram a 160 x 80 movie into 128 x 24 sign, it won't display properly.

Manage your tokens.

Make sure you do not stretch your tokens to make them bigger.
Always use the font button to change the size and font type properly.

My temperature token is only reading 77-degrees in UserEnd and it is a lot colder/hotter outside.

Correct. The temperature token will only show 77-degrees in the software to give you an idea of what it will look like on the sign.

If you have a temperature probe attached to your sign, it will start displaying actual temperatures once it is sent to the sign. Check with a tech support representative to verify that your sign has a temperature probe.

What file formats can I import and use in UserEnd?

UserEnd can utilize the most common media file types for both images and videos.

Images: BMP, EMF, ICO, JPG, WMF
Video: AVI, DAT, FLC, FLI, GIF, MPG, SWF

You can even use a third-party software to create these media files.
To elimate problems, be sure you keep your media as close to your sign size as possible.

What is the difference in the 3 schedule types: Date Schedule, Week Schedule and File Schedule?

File Schedule is the most in depth way to schedule messages. You can have multiple messages playing for as long as you want and they repeat the same weekly schedule. For example, you can have one or more messages play every day, Monday thru Friday - 6:00 am to 10:00 pm, for over a year.

Date and Week Schedule structures are very similar. While using the Date or Week Schedule you may have a different message(s) for every day of the week, but the message(s) will only play for the one day that it is set up for. The difference between the two is that the Week Schedule can only do 1 week at a time, as opposed to Date Schedule which can do months at a time. Week Schedule may not be in your version of UserEnd if you have version 3.2.2.22 or later.

What are the buttons at the top, numbered 1 thru 5, used for?

Those buttons are called Hotkey’s. HotKeys are most commonly used for sports applications, where instant messages are often used throughout the duration of a game. If you click on the [More...] button, you will see that there is actually a total of 100 programmable HotKey’s.

To program HotKeys, select a key, go to settings and find a file that you want to use. Do this for each HotKey you want to set. Once you have them all loaded onto the key’s, you must [Send Hotkey Files] to store them in the sign controller. After they are stored, you can click any HotKey and [Send] to automatically display that message on your sign.


Electronic LED Scoreboards

How long do your scoreboards last?

Spectrum Scoreboards are the most durable and well-built scoreboards available today. You can easily expect 10-15 years on outdoor scoreboards and up to 30 years on indoor scoreboards.

What is your scoreboard warranty?

5-years parts with a 10-year guarantee on LED digits and finish.

How soon can you ship a scoreboard?

Typical shipping time is 2-3 weeks. Custom scoreboards with sponsor signs ship in 4-5 weeks after design and artwork approval.

How do we get service for our scoreboard?

Contact your local Spectrum Sports Dealer for your area or call our Service Department at 800-392-5050.

Why don't you show prices for your scoreboards?

We are a custom scoreboard manufacturer offering many different models and options. Your price depends on the options you choose for your scoreboard. When we understand your project, we can help you determine which models will fit your budget and program.

Do you offer wireless-radio scoreboard controllers?

Yes, all of our scoreboards can operate on the same wireless radio system.

What features come standard on your scoreboards?

We offer more standard features than any other manufacturer including:

What type of finish do you use on your scoreboard?

All our scoreboards are finished in our premium three-part polyurethane finish, superior to automotive paint. We also offer our exclusive Perma-Coat finish that increases the life of your graphics, protects your finish, and enhances the overall look of your scoreboard.

Can I make changes to the scoreboard?

Yes. Most of our customers want to personalize their scoreboard and like the flexibility and custom options we offer such as:

Do you offer outdoor video displays?

Yes, all of are custom video scoreboard projects are designed to meet your requirements.
You can find more information when you click on the links below:


Horizon Outdoor LED Signs

How much are Horizon™ Outdoor LED Signs?

Our Horizon™ LED Signs can range from around $10k for a small and/or single-sided sign to well over $100k for huge, tight-resolution, full-color projects.

 

Can we put our name on the marquee ID sign face?

Absolutely. Since we’re a manufacturing facility, we can fabricate your identification sign in a variety of sizes, styles, custom-shapes, colors, backlit or not, in any color and in a number of different materials.

 

Can we replace our existing outdoor sign with an electronic LED display?

The short answer is ‘yes’, however, it’s important that we survey the existing cabinet(s) and support structure to determine whether or not they’re capable of receiving a Horizon™ Outdoor LED Sign retrofit.

 

What size electronic LED displays do you have?

We have small single-line, single-color units all the way up to large, full-color video screens and full-color, non-video billboard displays.

 

What color do the electronic LED displays come in?

Our standard units come in Red LEDs,  Amber LEDs, or full-color RGB LEDs.

 

How easy is it to program messages to the electronic LED display?

Very easy. Beginners who are computer savvy will be sending messages to the sign within 15 minutes of start up.

How do we send messages to the electronic LED display?

Our Horizon™ software packages use your computer to communicate with your LED display via ethernet cable, fiber optic cable, various wireless units, telephone or our simple message-loader system.

 

How are Horizon™ Outdoor LED Signs installed?

Our signs can be installed using either a pole structure in concrete or anchor bolts in concrete. Your local wind codes will help us determine which method is best for you.

 

How much power is needed to operate the Horizon™ Outdoor Sign?

Our Horizon™ Outdoor LED Signs can run on either 120VAC or 240VAC power and they only need between 30-40 amps in most cases. Average power usage is around 12-15 amps of 120VAC.

 

Who do we call to service our Horizon™ Outdoor Signs?

You call Spectrum. We have a network of service resources across the country.

 

Do outdoor signs need permits?

In most cases yes. You will need to call your local municipality to see what the zoning regulations state.

 


LED Video Displays

How much are LED video displays?

Video displays range broadly depending on size and resolution. We’ve installed indoor video projects that were under $100k and outdoor video projects that were well over $1M. Generally speaking, an indoor video screen doesn’t need to be as large as one installed outdoors but it will need a higher resolution, mostly due to viewing distances. Most outdoor video screen installations average around $500k for a full package that also includes the production equipment necessary for a video control room.

 

What size video displays do you have?

Our LED video displays can be configured in a multitude of sizes, but our more standard-sized outdoor Horizon Pro™ video displays range from roughly 10’-0"H x 13'-6"’W up to 16’-0"H x 29’-0"W.

Can the video display do instant replay?

All of our video displays are capable of showing an instant replay. A common misconception is that the replay process is done using the video screen. Not true. The replay process is actually created using video production equipment.

Can the video display be used as a scoreboard?

Yes. For this application our Spectrum MSX scoreboard controller is mated with our video control equipment then output to the screen. This allows you to score any sport, make the scoreboard any color, include team names and/or mascots, all digitally, and the scoring information – most importantly the clock – is updated on the screen in real time and changes occur as quickly as you push the button.

Do you provide the cameras and production equipment?

Yes. We normally always provide the video display equipment. If you already have some or all of this equipment, we can integrate our screen using some or all of your existing equipment.

Do you do stadium sound systems?

Yes. We provide stadium sound systems with over 90% of our video scoreboard installations.


Sports Timing Clocks

Did Spectrum design the first Practice Segment Timers?

Yes. This is The "Original” Practice Segment Timer that revolutionized the way coaches manage their practices. The concept of the Practice Segment Timer was inspired by legendary coach Emory Bellard to keep practices on schedule. Coach Bellard contacted Spectrum with his idea in 1986 to design and craft the first segment timer... thus the Practice Segment Timer was born. 

Features:

  • Red SpectraLite™ LED digits
  • 14", 15", or 18" high LED digits
  • Loud built-in horn
  • Easy to operate 
  • Programmable
  • Readable up to 300 yards

What options are available for the Segment Timer?

Spectrum offers 4 Segment Timer models:

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Red SpectraBrite™ LED digits star_2 star_2 star_2 star_2
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Finish in your team colors


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