3. LED vs. Projection
When choosing a jumbo outdoor display, you have two options, LED and projection. The two will vary drastically in functionality and the overall viewing experience that they offer. Here are the main differences between the two:
LED screens are modular in nature, meaning they are composed of individual panels at approximately 2’x2′ in size, then linked together to form a large display. They are either constructed onsite or pre-fabricated onto a mobile apparatus.
LED screens are back-lit. Projection on the other hand requires the projector, an unobstructed amount of space, and a screen. The most popular construction for outdoor projection is an inflatable screen because of its ease of setup.
Brightness (LED wins)
When it comes to brightness, LED takes the cake. LED screen brightness (measured in nits) packs enough power to be seen unfazed under the brightest of light.
In contrast, even the brightest projection technology will look very faint under sunlight – that is if it is even visible at all.
Color (LED wins)
When it comes to color contrast, saturation, vividness, and overall quality, LED is the clear winner again.
Resolution (Projection wins)
Resolution is a measurement of the amount of detail an image holds. In short, the higher the number, the sharper the image will be.
In this day and age, pretty much all projection screens achieve full 1080p HD resolutions, sometimes all the way up to 4k.
LED walls on the other hand often times fall short of true HD resolutions. While full HD is very possible with outdoor LED displays, it is less common and could set your pocketbook back pretty far.
As the viewing distance becomes farther away, lower resolutions become indiscernible from higher ones. For this reason, screens that require close-up viewing may be better with the projection route or a very fine pitch LED.
Price (Projection wins)
LED costs quite a bit more to rent and purchase than projection does. However, if you are purchasing, you have to factor in the savings from LED’s energy efficiency and longevity. Jump to pricing estimates here.
The bottom line for LED vs. Projection
If you want to display your screen during the day, you will need an LED screen instead of projection. LED will give you the most vivid picture and versatility. On the other hand, if you event is at night, an inflatable projection screen will be much more economical. In general, LED rental is for commercial applications or those with a larger budget, whereas outdoor projection rental is for private get-togethers.
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