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LED Walls Vs. Projectors in Your Performance Space

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.

Brightness

Projectors and LED walls have different systems for measuring light and brightness.

Light Measurement Systems

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.

Light Output Comparison Between Projector and LED Wall:

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!

Image Quality

HD Migration:

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.

Creative Functionality

LED Wall Advantages:

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.

Cost Comparison

Long-Term Maintenance Cost analysis graph:

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.

Average Life Span:

A projector usually lasts about 5-6 years. An LED Wall usually lasts 12+ years.

Initial Costs:

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.

Energy Costs:

On average, LED walls require half as much power as projectors, saving on energy costs each year.

Break-Even Point:

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.

Convenience

LED Walls offer numerous conveniences that projectors do not:

Projector:

Ambient light drastically affects viewability of the image

VS.

LED Wall:

There are no ambient light considerations. An LED wall can be displayed in a well-lit room or even outdoors.

Projector:

A significant amount of physical space is required to house both the projector and screen.

VS.

LED Wall:

An LED Wall is inches thin and can easily be lowered or moved into a small space.

Projector:

Once set-up, projectors & screens are very difficult to move for different functions.

VS.

LED Wall:

An LED Wall can easily and quickly be torn down and rebuilt in any location and configuration for multiple uses.

Projector:

If something isn’t working there are several possible causes, most of which require sending in the unit for an expensive, time-consuming repair.

VS.

LED Wall:

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

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