With the proliferation of LED, we’ve seen brighter, faster, stronger, and thinner displays in the AV industry .
With digital technology leading the way, LED promises to enable more displays in more places.
Lighter, thinner, brighter and better LED will make up a large chunk of the forecasted $156 Billion display market by 2020. Outdoor LED alone will make up almost 10 percent of that market.
How Much Better Is LED?
The questions industry end-users might be asking, in the afterglow of LCD and DLP’s rise to prominence, are how much better is LED? And why is LED essential for today’s AV projects?
It starts with the following technical features and specifications:
- Fine-pixel LED displays enable zero-bezel design. This is a big deal because it will put an end to the frames and borders around HD and 4K displays installed everywhere from newsroom backdrops to public spaces. Digital display is more scalable with LED.<./li>
- The product life-cycle for LED surpasses LCD. It is said that LED technology lasts 67% longer than LCD. In considering total cost of ownership, that’s the difference in a display lasting 16 years instead of 10—a major value proposition for many end-users.
- LED presents nearly unlimited sizing options. With the aforementioned zero-bezel design, LED video-walls will combine, like a mosaic, to create the largest displays of AV technology the world has ever seen. When it comes to size and scale, LED is changing the digital world.
- Brightness. What consumers and end-users most frequently observe is the stunning brightness of LED, which shine brighter, longer—and cooler—than any of their display technology counterparts. The brightness of LED, especially in outdoor environments for sports, entertainment or even menuboard applications, is jaw-dropping.
With the superiority of LED, AV professionals must quickly adopt the new display standard or risk falling behind.
Challenges with LED
Why aren’t all new display projects aren’t specified with LED?
Aside from occasional up-front costs considerations, installation reigns as the biggest challenge most integrators cite with the move to LED.
Quite simply, there are a lack of mounting standards, like VESA for LED. Installation then becomes a risk for broken product, poorly mounted and integrated LED display solutions and missed timelines.
Availability of necessary hardware, and the expertise to efficiently install, have some integrator’s shying away from the clear champion in display.
With LED upgrading the display solutions in the world’s greatest facilities, stadiums, businesses and institutions everywhere, effective mounting solutions are critical to safely and effectively protecting the display investment and bringing it to life.
With the ever-slimming form-factor, improving affordability and performance of LED, the display market is catching up to computer software and hardware.
When it comes to digital signage and display with LED, “if you can dream it, we can build it” is an exciting industry truth for the next generation of mounting solutions and display.
Introducing Haitz’s Law
Perhaps the biggest testament to the power and future of LED is that it gets its own law.
Remember Moore’s Law? Introducing Haitz’s Law, the observation that every decade, the cost per lumen falls by a factor of 10 and the amount of light generated per LED package increases by a factor of 20.
With Haitz’s Law, we can predict unprecedented adoption of LED technology.
Rich Pierro is the co-CEO Premier Mounts.