LED Walls are becoming the new standard for displaying video. LED Walls create a brighter image via a more economic, reliable, and capable platform than projection.
Projectors and LED walls have different systems for measuring light and brightness.
Projector - LUX: Projection light is measured in lux. Lux is the measurement of reflected light.
LED Wall - NIT: LED light is measured in NIT. NIT is the measurement of direct light.
3.426 lux = 1 NIT. What does this mean? Basically, a NIT is much brighter.
During the course of 12 months, the LED Wall will still be running at 100% by the end of the year. A projector will produce light at 99% of it’s original capacity after 1 month, 95% after 3 months, 85% after 6 months, and 70% after 12 months. Most performance spaces only need to run the LED Wall at 20-30% brightness level anyway. This means your LED bulbs can burn brighter and last even longer!
Standard Definition is quickly becoming obsolete, and many projectors are still in SD. LED Walls will support your video system long-term.
Generally, an LED wall has a higher efficiency, higher contrast, and higher brightness than a projector.
LED panels are modular, mobile, customizable, and flexible.
A projector has 1 configuration option. An LED Wall has unlimited configuration options. Panels can be easily taken apart and reassembled in various formations for different video uses.
Every year a projector/screen setup usually requires an additional $4,500 for a new bulb. Every three years a projector/screen setup usually requires an additional $6,000 for light engine replacement.
This means typically, after 2 years, a projector/screen costs an additional $9,000 total.
Meanwhile, LED panels typically last around 12+ years at full capacity. Occasionally a small module will have a broken bulb. This simply requires the broken module to be unscrewed and replaced with a new one that usually costs about $100.
Typically, after 10-12 years, an LED Wall costs an additional $300-$400 total.
A projector usually lasts about 5-6 years. An LED Wall usually lasts 12+ years.
At comparable quality and size levels, LED Walls are generally 15% - 20% more expensive upfront than projectors. But, industry-wide LED Wall initial costs are rapidly decreasing.
On average, LED walls require half as much power as projectors, saving on energy costs each year.
While LED walls require a higher initial investment, the additional maintenance and power costs for projectors quickly outpace that of LED walls. In nearly every situation, the break-even point occurs at 2 years.
LED Walls offer numerous conveniences that projectors do not:
Ambient light drastically affects viewability of the image
There are no ambient light considerations. An LED wall can be displayed in a well-lit room or even outdoors.
A significant amount of physical space is required to house both the projector and screen.
An LED Wall is inches thin and can easily be lowered or moved into a small space.
Once set-up, projectors & screens are very difficult to move for different functions.
An LED Wall can easily and quickly be torn down and rebuilt in any location and configuration for multiple uses.
If something isn’t working there are several possible causes, most of which require sending in the unit for an expensive, time-consuming repair.
Most LED Wall repairs involve a simple change in programming software or just unscrewing the module of a broken bulb and popping in a new one.
“Not a big fan of projectors, a lot of maintenance, cleaning, expenses...The LED wall was a possibility we thankfully said ‘yes’ to push forward. Hopefully one day we will get rid of all of our projectors.” - Bryan May, Video Director at Grace Family Church