A seismic shift towards LED videowalls

LED is fast becoming the dominant technology for videowalls, but what are the reasons behind this and what advantages does it offer integrators?


Momentum is often used in a sporting context to describe the unstoppable march of one team or individual. And that is how it feels about LED technology right now. It has all the momentum behind it at present, and feels like a technology for the future.

In the last issue we looked at LCD panels for videowalls, and the overall feeling was that innovation in that product segment had slowed to a standstill. The manufacturers we spoke to were all too aware of the threat LED posed to its LCD business in the future, and some were actually more keen to talk up their LED offering than answer questions about LCD, which was telling.

So why are we seeing this shift from LCD to LED in videowalls? "One reason is the increasing performance of LED, we are seeing finer and finer pixel pitch. When LED resolution wasn’t high you couldn’t use it when the requirement was for high resolution. Now you can," says Steve Scorse, vice president EMEA, Silicon Core.

"Cost, although it’s still expensive, it has come down significantly. If you look at a five-year project, you can argue it’s an economical solution because tiled LCD displays will be replaced within that five-year period and LED will last 10 years in the same spot. LED can also help you replace rear projection in areas where the real estate in expensive, like retail. The lack of bezels in LED is another reason, and it’s a combination of all of those."

You could also add brightness and uniformity to those list of reasons too, as both were highlighted a number of times by the people we spoke to. The technology is being favoured by integrators right now over LCD because it offers not just one, but a host of advantages. You can read the full article online now If you are not already registered then follow the quick sign up for your free subscription and immediate access to this article and the InAVate archive.



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