Spinitar partnered with NEC Display Solutions this past month to host a webinar on “Choosing the Right Display Technology”. NEC Display Solutions is a leading manufacturer of display technologies. Spinitar, an expert in AV integration, works closely in line with manufacturers like NEC, and together both companies provide comprehensive, global display solutions to their customers. The two teams came together for the webinar to present the most important facts to consider when selecting display technologies.

What to Consider When Choosing Your Display

The team started off the presentation by highlighting 8 things to consider when choosing between display technologies. Choosing the right technology impacts budget, functionality, and overall sustainability of display systems. Here’s a breakdown of the top considerations when choosing display solutions, discussed during the webinar:

Types of Display. There are 3 categories of display: projectors, LEDs, and LCDs. Within each type of display, there are a variety of technologies to consider:

  • Projector: Lamp vs Laser, LED, Laser & Phosphor (4 variations), RBG Laser

  • LED: Emissive Display, Direct View (Surface Mount Device, Dual In-Line Package, Chip on Board)

  • LCD: Transmissive Display, Edge vs. Direct Backlighting

Budget. Projectors provide the largest image at the lowest cost at ~$22k, with the shortest life span. LED displays cost significantly more at ~$100k, but offer flexibility in size, higher brightness, and seamless display quality. The cost of LCD displays sit in the middle at ~$62 and offer the best pixel pitch for value.

Indoor vs. Outdoor Placement. Environmental factors will affect the functionality of a display. Outdoor displays are affected by the brightness of sunlight and the evasiveness of weather on the projected image and technology. Depending on extremity, these factors can also affect budget for display choice/installation.

Viewing Distance. Factors affecting display viewing distance include what the display is being used for, where the display will be placed, indoor vs. outdoor, and what limitations there are to the installation space. These should all be considered when choosing a display technology.

Contrast Ratio. The contrast ratio is the relation between the emissive light coming out of a display and the surrounding environment. Controlling for contrast ratio alters the level of contrast within actual images projected, affecting the overall quality of the projection.

Ambient Light Conditions. Solutions for the effect of ambient light hitting the surface of a projection will adjust for brightness, screen size, gain size, and high/low haze. Combatting ambient light aligns similarly with considerations for contrast ratio.

Installation Conditions. Depending on the surrounding environment of a display, installation can be simple or difficult. The integration of a projection system with a space may require the use of additional tools or specific technologies to ensure that the display is installed for maximum function.

Maintenance and Service. Cost and ease of technology replacements, maintenance intervals, and cleaning are all factors that affect future maintenance and servicing of a display technology.

Key Takeaways

Before choosing a technology and jumping into a display integration project, its important to be aware of the intertwining factors that affect the installation, operation, and maintenance. Spinitar and NEC closed off the webinar by emphasizing the importance of gathering industry knowledge and by leaving their webinar attendees with these key takeaways:

  • There are 3 Available Projector Technologies: Projector, LCD, LED

  • Display Solutions are Affected by Indoor vs. Outdoor Placement

  • Viewing Distance Matters

  • Be Mindful of Ambient Light

  • Consider Budget, Installation, Maintenance, and Lifetime of Product

Interested in learning more about how to choose the right display technology? View the full webinar here >>