In the world of AV, it is important to do your research and understand quality vs value before investing in direct view LED technology. Many believe, all direct view LED displays are generally the same so they make mistakes in valuing its cost more than the quality of the material it’s made with.

Each manufacturer produces direct view LED cabinets that are made different and contain unique components that affect its functions.

So no, not all LED cabinets are the same. As a new investor of direct view LED you should not limit yourself to this train of thought.

What may save a little time and a few dollars up front can cost you a fortune only a few months later.

It is important to consider the following things before investing in direct view LED:

• Resolution

• Viewing distance

• Fragility

• Service

• Heating and cooling

Pixel pitch directly correlates your display resolution and optimal viewing distance depending on the amount of pixel density in your display. Displays with a lower pixel pitch offer crisp visuals at a close point of view making them higher in value than displays with higher pixel pitches. Materials and production costs are higher for smaller pixel pitch since more LED modules are precisely concentrated to create a higher pixel density. When determining the right pixel pitch for your video wall project, try using the rule of ten!

Video Wall with a pixel pitch of .7 mm = 10 x .7 mm = 7 feet viewing distance

Video Wall with a pixel pitch of 2.5 mm = 10 x 2.5 mm = 25 feet viewing distance

Video Wall with a pixel pitch of 12 mm = 10 x 12 = 120 feet viewing distance

Fragility is important because with dvLED, panels are easily damaged or broken. If not handled with care during installation, pixels will fall off and require servicing. Damage can happen even post-installation if the videowall is in a high traffic area. You can reduce servicing costs by placing the videowall in areas that will not be touched or by purchasing LEDs that come with a protective overlay. Premium dvLED brands like Samsung now offer these overlays that reduce pixel damage by over 250%.

Heating and cooling are other factors to consider when choosing the right LED. Understanding that thousands of tiny LED lights are flashing when operating and these lights generate heat that needs to be cooled in order to operate your display is key. Cooling fans, like all moving parts, will eventually fail, particularly in dusty environments like shops, lobbies, and busy public places. Displays should be installed out of the reach of people and moving equipment to avoid damage.

It’s important to explore the value and quality of any new direct view LED technology you come across. These five points are essential to research in order to help you make the right purchasing decision for your LED technology.