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Demystifying LED Walls: When to Invest and When to Pass

LED walls burst onto the event scene, dazzling everyone with their vibrant whites, deep blacks, and incredible modularity. Suddenly, we could create screens of any size imaginable. But as with any technological marvel, there's a catch.

Here's the lowdown on when LED walls are worth it and when you might want to explore other options:

The Cost of Brilliance

  • LED walls can be more time-consuming to install.

  • They require calibration by a technician.

  • Custom pixel dimensions are the norm, demanding custom media or on-site scaling (which is not recommended).

Brightness vs. Blinding

  • Indoors in a ballroom, LED walls are often dimmed to around 15% of their potential brightness. Brighter settings can overwhelm attendees, disrupt IMAG camera exposure, and distort media colors.

  • LED walls are commonly built all the way down to the stage deck, but their ultrawide nature means the bottom third is often obscured by speakers or panelists.

Rear Projection's Hidden Power

  • For most indoor events, rear projection (even blended rear projection on ultrawide screens) remains a superior solution.

  • Double stacking projectors provides twice the light output and redundancy in case one projector fails.

Redundancy Matters

Having backup plans for failures and mishaps is crucial in event planning.

LED walls are fantastic when used wisely. They shine outdoors during the day, but inside a ballroom, they might not be your best bet. Consider your event's specific needs, and you'll make the right call, leaving attendees dazzled for the right reasons.


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