Beacon P8 vs. Spotlight P10 LED Signs: Pixel Pitch Explained (with Video Comparisons)

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Have you ever wondered why some LED signs appear sharper than others? The answer lies in pixel pitch, which refers to the distance between each LED pixel in the display. In this blog post, we'll break down the difference between our popular P8 (Beacon) and P10 (Spotlight) pixel pitches, helping you choose the best option for your needs.

Understanding Pixel Resolution: Size Matters

Imagine an LED sign as a giant mosaic. The smaller the tiles (pixels) and the closer they are placed together, the higher the resolution and the sharper the image. Here's a breakdown of our most common pixel pitches:

  • P8 (Beacon): This offers a high-resolution display ideal for close viewing distances. Imagine a 4ft x 7ft sign with a resolution of 160px x 280px, perfect for storefront displays or indoor applications.

This short video compares the Beacon P8 (4x7 ft) and Spotlight P10 (3x7 ft) pixel pitch to showcase the impact on resolution. Despite their similar dimensions, these signs offer distinct advantages depending on your needs.

Beyond Resolution: Choosing the Right Fit

Choosing an LED sign goes beyond just pixel density. Consider these factors:

  • Sign size and location: A large, outdoor sign requires fewer pixels per square foot (like P10) for optimal viewing from afar. Smaller signs benefit from higher pixel density (like P8) for sharper visuals.
  • Viewing distance: For signs viewed up close, P8 excels. For larger signs or those viewed from a distance, P10 is a good choice.
  • Content: If your sign displays intricate details or text, P8 is ideal. Simpler visuals on a larger scale might be perfect for P10.

This video explores how a 3x8 ft P8 sign versus a 5x9 ft P10 sign demonstrates how different sizes and resolutions can be more or less effective based on the contextual setup.

Beacon vs. Spotlight: Finding Your Perfect Match

Many customers ask, "P8 or P10? Which is better?" The truth is, both excel! Here's a quick guide:

  • P8 (Beacon): Perfect for close viewing distances, smaller signs, and intricate content.
  • P10 (Spotlight): Ideal for larger signs viewed from afar, brighter displays, and cost-effectiveness for bigger signs.

See the difference for yourself with our side-by-side comparison of a 3 ft. x 8 ft. P8 against a 4 ft. x 9 ft. P10. It clearly showcases how viewing distance and content impact the choice. 

Still unsure? We're here to help!
Contact us today for a personalized consultation and find the perfect LED sign for your needs.

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