LED Video Walls: Not Your Average Install & What Can Go Wrong

There are many variables to consider with on-site audiovisual installations. LED video wall installs are no easy feat, and if you’re not careful, they can quickly be botched in numerous ways. So how should you prepare properly for a successful on-site installation? Premier Mounts’ Director of Marketing Curtis Rose is focusing on the failures at one recent job so future installs can come together smoothly with the proper planning and methodology. Here’s a breakdown of what can go wrong in installs and what to consider to ensure that all goes smoothly when the time comes:

Caution, FRAGILE: LED panels are fragile and must be considered as such, yet in some scenarios proper care is not taken. Timing matters. Opening the LED modules on an active construction site before the actual install can lead to breakage that is easily avoidable otherwise. The modules not only need to be transported with care to their final destination, but they must be kept sealed in box away from any danger prior to their time in the install.

Poor communication: Project details are often miscommunicated, and when this occurs things can head south before the install actually begins. Without a fluid and communicative relationship between project engineers and integrators, there can be a lack of understanding about important details of the installation. Site walks are extremely important in most cases and should be performed to avoid less than ideal install environments, which leads us to our next point below…

Unexpected environmental hurdles: The installation location is important to how it unfolds. When active construction is taking place, things simply cannot and usually do not go according to plan. Construction zones strewn with dust, noise and even sparks are detrimental to putting together any LED display. Other roadblocks can include improper surfaces for mounting, poor visibility, blueprint errors and inability to communicate with those also on the job.

Ticking time: Timing is particularly paramount when it comes to who will be involved (and for how long) in the install. If proper training is not completed prior to the install, hours are wasted explaining what could’ve been done beforehand. Schedules should be carefully planned and aligned so that certain individuals aren’t waiting around for others to complete components necessary for them to begin.

Unanticipated equipment needs: Having the proper tools and hardware seems like a no brainer, but not every install is the same and thus, needs will vary onsite. Without the correct equipment on installs, crews often scramble to secure the right pieces and thus, valuable time is wasted.

Botched installations of the past have led us to examine what got us there and how to avoid it moving forward. And, while we’ve certainly seen it all and things do tend to work out in the end; the more proper, well-planned and executed LED installs, the merrier. While considering the snafus above, more LED installations will occur smoothly worldwide.