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Pixel Pitch Perfect
Defining Pixel Pitch
Undoubtedly, if you have been looking into purchasing an LED Video Display, you have come across the term pixel pitch. Pixel pitch is a key element in determining which LED Video Display is right for you. In order to understand what pixel pitch is, you must first understand what we are defining as a pixel. A pixel is a cluster of colored light sources known as diodes. Each cluster almost always contains at least one red diode, one green diode, and one blue diode. In older LED technology, these clusters could actually be seen as individual lights clustered together, these are DIP (dual in-line pin) diodes. Each cluster makes up one pixel. Pixel pitch measures the distance from the center of one cluster, or pixel, to the center of its neighboring pixel.
With modern surface mounted diode (SMD) technology (pictured below), each SMD pixel (chip) has a tiny red, blue, and green light inside of it. This compact design allows the pixels to be much closer together, greatly increasing the resolution of the display. Pixel pitch is measured in mm. Therefore if an LED Video Display is said to have a pixel pitch of 1.3, the center of each diode is 1.3mm away from the center of its neighboring diode.
Due to advancements in LED technology, HD, UHD, 4K and beyond are possible with modern LED Video Displays. As with other forms of technology, innovation has simultaneously improved the quality of LED Video Displays while driving prices down, making the benefits of LED Video Display more accessible.
The Importance Of Considering The Viewer When Choosing Pixel Pitch
Consider Viewing Distance
Viewing distance refers to the distance the viewer is from the LED Video Display. The closer the viewer is to the LED Video Display, the tighter the pixel pitch needs to be to produce a pleasing image. At greater distances, the human eye naturally blends color, meaning an LED Video Display can have a wider pixel pitch and still look pleasing to the viewer.
Below is a quick reference for optimal viewing distance (the distance at which an image looks clear, non-pixelated) based on pixel pitch.
Consider Viewing Angle
All of Neoti’s LED Video Displays have at least a 120° degree viewing angle. This means that the image still looks good and legible for 60° in each direction of the front of the screen to the left and to the right, where 90° would be completely sideways of the image. Some of our products have a very wide 140° viewing angle! This is all a fancy way of saying that LED Video Displays in general have a very wide angle viewing ability, so as long as your crowd is in front of the LED Video Display, even on the sides, they’ll be able to see the image clearly. It’s one of the most surprisingly pleasant features of LED Video Displays.
Bringing It All Together
Diodes, pixel pitch, optimal viewing distance, viewing angle - it may sound like a lot, but an experienced LED Video Display specialist can help you through it. Ready to make the leap into the world of LED Video Display? Give Neoti a call at (877) 356-3684. If you already have an idea of what you want, you can fill out our easy online quote form.
2.6mm LED Panels Deliver BIG Impact With Efficient Design
It’s easy to say you want a BIG video wall, but sometimes BIG isn’t so grand. Sometimes big is bulky, expensive, and inhibiting. At Neoti we work hard to deliver sleek modern products that achieve optimal results. One such product is Neoti’s 2.6mm LED production panel. This panel delivers a big impact while maintaining an efficient design.
Neoti’s 2.6mm panels are versatile. These flexible panels can be assembled into video walls with a concave or convex curve or a flat video wall. Choose what works best for you or mix it up and create a diverse and exciting LED environment.
Built for a lasting impact. It is important to consider longevity when investing in LED. You want your video display to make the same fantastic impact years from now as it does today. Neoti’s 2.6mm panels were built specifically to withstand the demands of the rental and touring industry. With proper care these panels will look great for years to come.
At Neoti, we work tirelessly to ensure quality and control for our products. In the unlikely event you have a problem with any of our products, our US service and repair center is happy to help. Our service center can also repair products from most other major manufacturers.
Can be Cabled, Cableless, or Universal. The award-winning cableless and universal design allows for quick installation and tear down.
Removable Power Box. A 3-in-1 integrated power supply, receiving card, and hub board make replacement as easy as plug-and-play.
Easy Exchange Modules. With its magnetic front design, modules can be removed and exchanged with a simple push.
As part of Neoti’s commitment to customer service, we have expanded our inventory. Currently we have 1000 batch matched 2.6mm LED panels ready to ship. Take advantage of bulk pricing before these panels are gone.
Lead With Content
Content is King
People typically don't buy a LED video wall to look at the screen itself (although we think the displays look pretty darn good on their own). People buy LED video displays to view or showcase content.
While there may be a million things to consider when purchasing a video wall, we suggest that one of your first considerations should be content. What do you want to show your audience? What message do you want to convey? How do you want your audience to feel about your message, service, or product?
Content Influences Type of LED Product
The complexity of the image will be a large determinant of what kind of LED video panel you need.
A primary focus when purchasing a LED video display to feature your premiere content is pixel pitch. Pixel pitch measures the distance from one pixel to the next pixel beside it, above it, and below it. The smaller the gap between pixels the greater the resolution. Thanks to direct view SMD technology, LED screens can now display HD & UHD content.
If you plan to display only simple graphics such as numbers or basic shapes, you may not need such a tight pixel pitch. On the other hand if you are displaying high quality video, you will probably want to go with a HD or UHD video wall solution.
Here it is important to not just stop at pixel pitch and content when selecting LED product. You will also want to consider viewing distance and viewing angle. All affect how your content looks to the viewer. Starting to sound complicated? Don’t worry. Neoti’s qualified LED technicians can help you find the perfect LED product for your situation and content.
Content Determines Type of Software
Traditional displays typically allow for only one video signal, or message, to be displayed. Neoti’s seamless LED video displays can display multiple signals and sources within various user-defined zones. This allows a business to deliver much more dynamic and impactful content on each display.
In addition to standard video formats, a business can make a long ribbon display or a display that wraps around a curved space. Displays can even be in the shape of a cube, pyramid, or column. The possibilities are truly endless.
Let Neoti Help With All Your LED Needs
You have a vision for an LED video wall? Great. Dream big! Then call Neoti at (877) 356-3684 or fill out a quote request and share your dreams with us. We would love to help you find the perfect LED solution to fulfill your content needs.
LED vs. LCD
What Is LED?
LED stands for Light Emitting Diode. SMD refers to Surface Mounted Diode, a technology that utilizes a process of mounting each LED chip (pixel) directly to a printed circuit board (PCB). Mounting the diodes in this fashion allows displays to be thinner and sleeker than older LED technology. SMD also allows for finer pixel pitch. Simply put, pixel pitch refers to the distance between the diodes and is responsible for resolution. Fine pixel pitch translates into high resolution. Fine pixel pitch is what makes HD and UHD LED possible.
Read more about Direct View LED.
What Is LCD?
LCD panels are made of a layer of liquid crystal between two pieces of polarized glass. Liquid crystal can not emit light. Backlights are therefore used to illuminate the display. LCD panels are sleek in design, but typically limited to specific sets of dimensions.
LED vs LCD
LEDs are their own light source. This means that LED video walls are glare free and not subject to many of the problems ambient lighting creates for other video display types.
LCD is backlit and subject to glare. Planning is required to ensure that the audience can see the image on the display regardless of time of day.
LED technology is modular in nature. This means that LED panels fit together seamlessly and can be used to make displays to fit any space. Custom cabinets can even be built to accommodate unusual shapes or dimensions.
LCD video walls on the other hand take on a tiled approach. This means that screens are jutted against one another. This approach creates bezels or seams and the final dimensions of the wall is directly dependent on the dimensions of the individual screens.
LED technology is easily maintained. Individual modules and even individual diodes can be replaced.
LCD video walls require that when one LCD screen goes out, that whole screen needs replaced.
LED is a versatile display option. Thanks to various IP options, LED video walls can be displayed indoors or outdoors. LED video walls can be built with a variety of internal mechanisms as well. Quick refresh rates and dual power backup can ensure that LED video walls look great on camera. Various pixel pitches can ensure the proper resolution for the right context.
LCD is a more straightforward product and consumers are generally more familiar with LCD. LCD is used for cell phones, computer screens, and most TVs, but is it the best choice for video walls? Ultimately that choice is up to the consumer. LCD is cheaper, but generally less customizable. LCD does not work well for outdoor uses and is generally very limited in terms of size and shape.
LED technology has improved drastically in recent years improving quality while driving costs down. LED is a bigger investment up front but generally has a lifespan of about 100,000 hours.
LCD is cheaper and generally more familiar. A LCD screen typically has a lifespan of about 50,000 hours.
Just like anything else, the best video wall product is largely dependant on context. If you like LED technology but are unsure of the process associated in obtaining a LED video wall read: How to Purchase a LED Video Wall Display.
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LED Video Display For Live Events
LED video displays allows signage to update rapidly enough to be integrated into live events. We have collected some examples of how dynamically updated digital signage can breathe more life into already exciting events, but we are sure that with some creativity new and engaging uses can be invented.
Social Media Walls
Social video walls are becoming a more common way to connect with fans or event attendees. Whether you’re hosting a massive event like Gear Fest or giving a speech at a corporate event, an LED video wall is a great way to augment the customer experience. Your audience is going to be on their phone anyway. Why not invite them to engage with your brand and reward them by posting their content on your social media wall.
LED scoreboards have long been used to keep score. LED is great for sporting arenas because it performs well in any light situation, is bright, and has a long lifespan. Traditional LED boards that did little more than keep score are increasingly being replaced by LED video boards.
These LED video boards further engage audiences by doing an instant replay - something that would never be possible without a dynamic programmable LED video wall. Sports arena video walls can even operate much like a social media wall where fans are encouraged to take photos with a branded hashtag. Social media posts with the branded hashtag can then be posted to the big screen for the whole stadium audience to see. Put the spotlight on your most loyal fans and watch their engagement soar.
Unlike traditional sporting events, eSport events exists almost entirely on screen. In this situation the LED video wall does more than just keep score and manage content. The LED video display hosts the action. High color contrast and quick refresh rates essential. Fortunately LED is more than ready to live up to the challenge.
LED is a durable video solution great for concerts. LED works great despite outdoor lighting conditions or ambient lighting created by other stage elements. As technology increases so does the ability of the performer to create an engaging experience. LED screens can do more than provide background, they can update, stream, and change content (even content type) to best suit the vision of the artist.