Using Our Website to Learn About
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.
There are 3
different designs of LED Signs manufactured; the Classic™
Pixel-cluster design, a more modern Balanced Array™,
and SMD™ LED technology.
Which one is best? It depends.
We are the
ONLY manufacturer of all 3 designs. This website explains the differences,
but come to our Showroom and we’ll help you decide which is perfect for your
Click on the "Technical Details" tab
above to learn about the intricacies of a Sunburst LED Displays™ digital electronic message center.
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 "Technology" tab to learn why.
With an electronic message center 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.
detailed on the pages that follow, everything
will be done to make your sign look better, and last
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
If you are
offered a lower price by someone else we will match that
lower price PLUS give you 10% of the difference.
Changeable Message Signs – A Brief History
When LED lighting first replaced incandescent lighting in changeable message signs their color was monotone, and their array was balanced.
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.
We’ve come a long way; computers and processors are thousands of times faster than early models.
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 Displays™ utilizes modern computing power to control the virtually limitless potential of our large LED Balanced Array™ Video Displays and Digital Electronic Message Center Signs.
The Signs Manufacturing On-Location Sales Team's Personalized Service
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 LED Video Display Showroom
Unique in the entire sign industry, Signs Manufacturing™ 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.
The Laboratory is open to the public, for FREE, adding an LED Video Display Showroom because we realized how important one would be to consumers.
If you are considering purchasing an
LED Video Display or Digital LED Message Center sign this exclusive opportunity will be particularly important. You must determine what type of sign, and which LED spacing is best, so that your sign will be successful, considering how you will use it.
How will shadows affect my sign's readability during the day? Should the wall behind my sign be light or dark colored? Would a different type of sign look better on my brick wall? Should I consider a routed sign face with push-through letters?
Don't buy a sign from a drawing when you can actually see and compare real signs.
With the addition of an
interactive transforming storefront our Showroom contains
$500,000 in business sign ideas
alone, not to mention signs for
churches and schools!
Live Demonstrations of Signage Features
LongLife™ SolarBrite™ Targeted Light™ Large LED System
Glare Shield Effectiveness
NASA's Ceramic Vacuum Microsphere Coating
Solarguard™ Protective Coatings
Signlux™ Paint Systems
Solar Finishes™ Bright Reflective White
Lumabrite™ Optical Brighteners
No one else can offer you this unique opportunity. Be sure to take advantage.
Your business will be better because you do.
If you don't visit it could cost you thousands in sales every year.
Your business will be better because you do. Your business will be better because you do. 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."
Cecil Drake, Drake Communications
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.
Many people selling LED Displays don't, or can't, talk about how and why the sign they are selling is built the way it is. Click on the "Specifications" tab on the left to go to a page designed to help you ask the right questions.
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.
subsequent "Pricing" tabs above will help you determine general budget pricing for various
types and sizes of signs and explain our 5 different payment options.
Use our Lease Cost Calculator™ to estimate YOUR lease cost, and our Sign Cost Calculator™ to estimate your after-tax cash-purchase sign cost. They are located on our "Cost" page. Or, ask our salesperson to run the numbers for you.
Notice, too, how dealing directly with the manufacturer will save you additional thousands of dollars in sales/use taxes!
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."
Myles Pennington II, Trinity Valley Community College
The Best Investment You Can Make
How much would you invest to double your take-home pay?
The United State Small Business Administration (SBA) says that an LED message center sign in front of a business increases the store’s sales volume 15 – 150%.
This is all profit; expenses are already being paid.
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.
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
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.
Why Buy Factory-Direct, and from a State-Licensed Company?
Why not buy from a Sign Dealer (also called a Sign Broker or a Sign Store?)
There are literally hundreds of them.
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
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.
You need to know
ALL of the details on how your sign will be manufactured, and how it will be installed.
It needs to meet YOUR needs, not the seller's profit goals. What is he
telling the manufacturer you don't need so he can make more money?
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 Lifetime Warranty*.
If you wonder if a sign-seller can legally install and
service electrical signs through-out Texas go to
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 ****-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. ****-a-**** 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."
Chris Jennings, Jimmy Johns
Summary - Sunburst LED Displays™ In a Nutshell
Special Features and Benefits of
all Sunburst LED Displays™
SolarBrite™ Large LEDs – A brighter sign with exceptional viewing angles.
Balanced Array™ - A better looking, more modern exposed LED sign, or
Classic™ Series –
Traditional style exposed pixel-cluster LED signs, or
SMD LED Signs™ –
Evolving Surface-Mount-Device enclosed pixel-cluster LED signs.
Internal Processor – Not a computer with all the associated problems they create.
Open Architecture Programming Software - Proprietary is Bad, Cloud is Bad, Open Architecture Software is Good.
Both Superior™ and Enhanced™ Operating Modes - Even more versatility. Lets the sign owner decide which display "look" is best for them.
64 GB Non-Volatile Memory – This sign will run, and do, whatever you want it to do – every time.
Individual Glare Shields – A sign you can read during the day.
Pre-Programmed – No learning curve.
Structural Steel Frames with Aluminum Exterior Skins – No rust and lasts forever. Virtually Hail-proof.
Ceramic Vacuum Microsphere Exterior Coating – Temperature protection for the sign.
Signlux Paint Systems™ Automotive+ paints and 2 part primer system- The same exterior paint type they paint a Ferrari with. It looks new virtually forever, helping your business.
SolarGuard™ and Lumabrite™ Protected Plastics – Won’t fade and look bad to customers.
Self-Cleaning Sign Faces – Your sign never looks dirty and dingy, chasing potential customers away.
US Military Specification Electrical Insulating Coating -
Protects all interior electronics and electrics.
H2ORepel™ Waterproof Interior Coating – Double+ protects all interior electronics, electrics and wiring.
Energy Saving Electrical – Saves 35% or more of electricity costs.
Thermostat-controlled Power Ventilation - Saves maintenance costs while saving energy costs.
UL/ETL Listed Sign – This sign can be
legally installed anywhere, and moved anywhere at a later time. Requires much less electrical service than an unlisted sign.
Special Features and Benefits of doing business with Signs Manufacturing
Guaranteed Highest Quality...Guaranteed Lowest Price™ - We manufacture the best signs, for the lowest price.
Lifetime* Warranty – Saves you money forever.
Product Liability Insurance – Protects you and your customers forever.
Deposit Insurance – Your money is protected even if we were to default.
Established 1979 and the Largest Custom Sign Company in North Texas – We back our claims.
Better Business Bureau Accredited Business – Others back our claims, too.
Eleven Person On-Location Sales Team – At your location to help you anytime we are needed.
Sign Showroom – Don’t buy a sign from a drawing when you can see the real thing.
State Licensed Electrical Sign Contractor – We know our business and do our job.
State Licensed Electrical Contractor – We know electricity.
Trained QualityCertifiedSigns™ Technicians – We understand quality.
We Actually Manufacture the Signs – Single-source responsibility.
Full-Service Sign Company – We manufacture, install, and service all signs; ours and others. Seven cranes/bucket trucks to 80' reach. Seven installation/service crews.
Electronic LED Sign Experts – Because we manufacture them, we also know how to fix them all.
Five Different Payment Options – Cash, Credit Card, Conserve Your Nest Egg™, Signs on Time™ Lease (with Zero Down option) and Pay as You Grow Lease/Purchase™
Delayed-Deposit Billing™ - Significantly reduced initial billing to help you control your cash-flow.
Free Grand Opening Package*
- We want you to be successful; here's another way we're helping. A free "Coming Soon" and "Grand Opening" banner with your name on it, and free "store" hours lettered on your door. *Minimum order required.
The Benefits of Buying Sunburst LED Displays™ Factory-Direct
You need answers to these questions before you buy (anything from anyone.) Don’t be a naïve consumer.
Is there a showroom where you can view ALL sign types before you buy?
Will the people who built the sign install it?
Are the people who will install the sign factory-trained?
Is the sign seller (broker) responsible if the sign is not installed properly?
Is the sign installer responsible if the sign is not installed properly?
Does the sign manufacturer provide Free Warranty Service?
Does the sign seller (broker) provide Free Warranty Service?
Does the sign installer provide Free Warranty Service?
Is there one place to call for ALL services?
Does the sign manufacturer provide free training?
Does the sign seller (broker) provide free factory training?
Do you call the sign seller (broker) with technical/usage questions?
Does the sign factory provide free technical access?
Where is Tech-support located? Hours (local time?)
Where do you obtain training for new employees?
We come to You
Can you view the sign as it is being made?
Can you customize your sign?
Does the sign seller (broker) control the manufacturing and installation time table?
Are there 2nd and 3rd party profit markups?
* 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?
Virtually ALL cities, as well as the State of Texas, adopt the National Electric Code as law.
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.
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.)
There are many sign companies that pretend to be Listed, but are not!
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
Contact a sales consultant to arrange a
Area Codes 214, 254, 430, 469, 682, 817, 903, 940, and
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.)
The Quality Certified Signs™
Difference – People You Can Trust
Certified Signs™ is a training, certification, and continuing education
program designed to train all sign company personnel to take better care of
their customers utilizing knowledge-based performance.
Certifications are available in:
Master Cabinet Maker
UL Listed Sign Technician
ETL Listed Sign Technician
ESA Listed Sign Technician
Certified Welding Technician
Wall Sign Installation Technician
Detached Sign Installation Technician
Interior Sign Installation Technician
Sign Service Technician
Electronic Message Center Specialist
Sign Mechanical Technician
Rotating Sign Installation/Service Specialist
High-Rise Installation/Service Specialist
State Licensed Sign Electrician (Texas)
Fluorescent Lighting Technician
LED Lighting Technician
HID Lighting Technician
Incandescent Lighting Technician
Sign Design Specialist
Vinyl Application Technician
Quality Control Technician
Fork Lift Operator
CNC Equipment Operator
ALL our personnel are Quality Certified
Signs™ qualified because we also want the job done right..
The organizations that assist in
developing and monitoring Quality Certified Signs™ training programs:
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 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
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We are the "greenest"
sign company in Texas. Click the "Our
Environment" tab on our "About
Us" page to learn about our environmental
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. All effects of The Great Recession have been overcome here, except for a lingering very slight decline in housing prices.
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.
And, because the large "National"
companies have placed expansion plans on "hold"
world-wide and Texas-wide due to their over-all
problems, lots of opportunities exist for local and
Don't let the "doom-n-gloomers"
talk you out of being successful. This is the best time ever to
start a new business in North Texas and Northeast Texas.