Ask the Board – May 18, 2020 | DOUG ANDERSON


“What is your opinion on using traditional video wall panels vs. tight-pitch LEDs?”

In the past, this used to be a more difficult decision. Today, many of the deciding factors such as screen resolution, brightness, size, resolution and bezel width have changed dramatically. Both LCD and LED technologies have improved to the point where either approach can often be used where only one made sense in the past. Modern software can now treat a single very large screen as if it were a video wall.

From my perspective, the keys factors to consider today are still overall size required, viewing distance, whether the display will be indoors or outside, and possibly cost.

If the required display is smaller and will be viewed up close, a traditional LCD using new minimum width bezels makes the most sense and will save you money. The only exception will be if it is needed for outdoor use. In my experience, LCDs are still not bright enough in outdoor sunlight in spite of claims by manufacturers. 

For most other applications, a tight-pitched LED displays will offer a better viewing experience. They are especially good for very large displays that might also be seen up close and at a distance and are great in brighter sunlight. They will also empty your wallet faster. 

Display technology continues to improve at a rapid pace, and it’s important to stay informed to ensure optimal solutions.

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LA Metro Transit

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