Jan 13.2023

Large Format LED Display - Take a Glance at the Future

What is large format display (LFD)?

Applications of large format LED display

Cost of using large format LED display

Should you choose an LFD or multi-panel displays?

The future of large format LED display

With technology growing faster than we are used to seeing, LED displays are growing in size and popularity for all the right reasons. But when you hear about large format LED display screens, there is a lot to consider. Here are some excellent facts about large format LED screens that you might not have considered.


What is large format display (LFD)?


Chances are if you have a computer monitor, this is very similar to the large format display screens. They are larger in size than your average monitor but that is only the beginning of what LFDs are capable of providing. Large format display screens start in size generally above 40 inches of horizontal length. They can increase in size and be as large as the application for signage requires. That doesn't immediately limit LFD screens to be used for advertising.


As you'll find out later, large format LED display screens have a wide range of applications for home and business use. Because these screens are using newer and more advanced OLED technology, the detail and resolution have achieved a stunning 4K quality.


Differences between an LFD and a regular display


There are a lot of similarities between LFDs and regular commercial displays that offer LED screen technology. The biggest difference is that monitors that are meant for everyday usage at home are limited to the function that comes with that monitor. It's not just the size that is larger when LFDs are installed, but the ability to function in customizable modes that appeal to many businesses, consumers, and educational-level applications.


For example, the LFD display can separate images on the screen to include a variety of images or text that is displayed. Another difference is that large format displays are meant to work for longer periods and even 24 hours a day when needed with very little heat issues involved. Additionally, the brightness is also further increased since these displays can be used in areas where natural light may otherwise wash out the image making LFDs significantly easier to see.


Applications of large format LED display


Among the most popular applications where a large format LED screen will be handy is often commonly seen used as a marketing tool. That doesn't mean it's not welcome in many other institutions that will benefit from a larger screen in other types of businesses. Here are prime examples that include the top categories.


· Corporate and government offices


What meeting or board room would not benefit from having a larger screen for conference calls, visual presentations, and company management control centers? Big companies can also use these screens in their lobby or reception areas to further display company info likewise. Because of the optional controls, command centers or security can monitor several smaller images that are linked to the display functions.


· Educational institutions


Schools, colleges, and universities can utilize LFD screens for teaching and lecturing purposes. Larger-sized monitors would be ideal for classrooms and auditoriums where students or teachers gather for symposiums and presentations that use visual aids within their educational programs. It's also an excellent tool for teachers to engage their students easier rather than using outdated projection equipment.


· Retail stores and hospitality areas


A shining example where large format LED display screens are used is a perfect match for malls, shopping centers, and showrooms. These can also be highly effective in high-traffic and quick-service food centers and restaurants. This helps get the marketing message across to customers in a way that includes adverts and information that is easy to see right away. Hospitals and medical centers also use LFDs to post the latest medical info for new patients or visitors.


· Sporting events and entertainment venues


It goes without saying that places for entertainment and sports centers will certainly look to large format LED screens. This allows many people to see concerts entertainingly with larger screens showing entertainers appearing larger than life. The same applies to sports where instant replays and separate stats for scores are displayed. This raises the level of audience participation rather than seeing only what can be seen from any given vantage point.


· Transportation areas


Of all the places that you travel to and from, a large display that gives info on arrivals and departures is essential. Luckily, LFDs can provide more than this with added travel info that helps people navigate these travel centers easier. Food services and special areas of interest can also be added to travelers that are hungry or need to find helpful kiosk services additionally.


Cost of using large format LED display


If you were to travel back in time about 20 years ago, LED technology was not only pricy but not nearly as effective when LED lighting first appeared on the market. As technology advanced, the emergence of OLED systems was developed, creating the first generations of LED displays around 2003 to be seen in full color. Since then, the screens have increased in size which was only as big as a digital camera display to what we see nowadays.


Likewise, the overall cost of LED displays has also come down in price and increased in reliability. According to Samsung's Display Division, the overall cost has been reduced by 50% in the last 5 years! But what most people need to understand about LED technology is that the true operational costs tend to see (at least) 20 years of reliable operation. After this, there is typically a reduction of brightness that follows.


On top of that, the size of the monitor is just one aspect since the installation can be just as costly when larger screens are used. There is also the electricity that is used (which is nowhere near the cost of traditional lighting), but is still significant when larger displays are used for theater-size displays.


Should you choose an LFD or multi-panel displays?


It's all a matter of size preference that can match the level of resolution you're looking for. Multi-panel displays are perfectly fine when you want to cover entire walls with LED imaging, but they do need to be linked together. Large format LED displays will all range in general sizes between 40 to 59 inches across and would additionally need to be linked together to create a larger visual image.


The key difference is that large format LED displays for stadiums and large outdoor installations often have lower resolution. They tend to appear pixelated when you get close to them and look better when viewed at a distance. For stores and indoor usage, LFDs can be installed effectively when exact detail is needed. As it goes, whenever you increase any monitor size, there will always be a need to create multi-panel displays to get the 'WOW' effect.


Suffice it to say, that most businesses and offices will be perfectly happy with a single LFD instead of an entire wall. With that being said, malls and travel centers will benefit from larger displays that can be seen with ease or simply to entertain the senses.


The future of large format LED display


If you've ever seen the original 1982 "Blade Runner" film you'll likely remember the massive LED screens attached to nearly everything in the city. It's a future that we cannot deny at this point which will be more commonplace than breathing air. At the moment, large format LED displays are a force to be reckoned with and play a large part in advertising. Yet it also has been a new wave of highly attractive art that can transform ordinary walls into hyper-realistic illusions that entertain our senses.


On a slightly smaller scale, however, these LFDs have become a breakthrough tool for businesses and institutions that use this technology as it is- a tool. This is where the future will embrace LFDs even more as businesses function from day to day. Needless to say, seeing giant wall displays is impressive only until the next hot new tech toy comes along, or at least holographic LED technology is eventually invented.