How Weather-Resistant Video Walls are Changing the Game

All You Need to Know About Weatherproof LED Video Walls 

All businesses can benefit from outdoor LED walls, from sports arenas to concert venues and commercial spaces to transportation centers. And we believe today’s weather-resistant video walls are not just a luxury but a necessity for many businesses aiming to stand out and attract visitors. These state-of-the-art displays are engineered to endure rain, sun, wind, and even snow, ensuring uninterrupted performance regardless of the climate. 

And if your organization is curious about outdoor LED video walls, you’re not alone. According to a recent study by Lucintel, the global weather-resistant display market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 6.5% between 2021 and 2026, highlighting the increasing demand for durable outdoor tech solutions. 

But how can you guarantee your video wall technology is safe outdoors—and will look incredible? Let’s dive into the world of durable video walls in our Crunchy Tech guide below. 

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Why LED Walls and Not LCDs? 

LCD displays were once the standard, but today, LED video walls have far surpassed their predecessors. But what’s the difference? 

LEDs, or light-emitting diodes, work their magic by directly emitting colors and light from individual pixels, resulting in a dynamic visual experience that outshines LCD counterparts. In contrast, LCD panels rely on a backlight passing through a liquid crystal layer. LED panels boast individual LEDs for each color pixel, earning the designation ‘direct view’ LED (dvLED). This distinction empowers LED video walls to create trillions of color variations, ensuring unparalleled brilliance and clarity.

While LCD may offer a lower pixel pitch for higher-resolution capabilities at close viewing distances, LED video walls provide a seamless viewing experience, whether up close or at a distance. LED walls provide finer pixel pitches with intense brightness for visibility at great distances—especially crucial in outdoor spaces. 

Rainproof, Sunproof, and Windproof Screens

When installing an outdoor video wall, there are certain features you must look out for. First and foremost, video displays built for indoor use lack environmental resilience in digital displays and will be vulnerable to extreme temperatures and moisture. But beyond the elements, indoor video walls are also less bright than outdoor models and may appear dim and faded during the day. 

Outdoor video displays from brands like Planar feature an IP65 Protection Rating, meaning the video walls are sealed off from dust, debris, and even powerful water jets. Protective coatings fill in tiny caps between each LED, further protecting the all-weather digital screen. This coating also helps with visual contrast, ensuring videos and images have deeper blacks. 

With features like UV protection, water resistance, and temperature control mechanisms, these video walls guarantee longevity and optimal viewing experiences in all conditions. For businesses, this means reduced maintenance costs, fewer downtimes, and a consistent brand presence outdoors. 

And as for brightness? Look for climate-proof video displays around 3,500 nits (unit of brightness). For context, the average indoor TV is around 500 nits. This way, even if the sun shines directly on the LED wall, people can still see the display from a distance without any strain or discomfort. 

Other Features to Look For in Outdoor LED Walls 

Beveled Edges 

When LED walls include 45-degree beveled edges, we can wrap the display around 90-degree corners. That way, if you want to curve the wall around the side of a building or allow it to be viewed from two angles, we can seamlessly connect the LED panels into one cohesive display. 

Lower Pixel Pitch 

A pixel pitch number indicates the distance in millimeters between LEDs on your video wall. The pixel pitch determines the minimum length a viewer can see the image as intended. 

Ideally, you want the lowest possible pixel pitch on your LED video wall. Most settings will call for a viewing distance of two to three times the pixel pitch number (in meters). So, if you have a pixel pitch of three, that would allow viewing from six meters away. 

Often, when shopping for LED video walls, you’ll see statistics about the resolution advertised, such as 1080p, 4K, or 8K. Pixel pitch influences the potential native resolution. If you want a higher video resolution, you want a lower pixel pitch. 

Refresh Rate 

How you use your video walls will influence the panel refresh rate you need. If you’ll be broadcasting video, you’ll need a higher refresh rate to avoid flickering, blurring, and the moiré effect (patterns, waves, or stripes on screen). Higher refresh panels may be more of an investment, but it will make your video wall appear much more professional. 

Centralized Control 

So, how will your organization update the content on your outdoor walls? One day, you might be promoting an event, and the next day, you need to change it to a new banner image. By utilizing the right content management system, you can control all your video displays and update visuals and text from a single network or point. 

This streamlined approach empowers a designated person or team to effortlessly monitor displays and take command of content. Real-time responsiveness is a game-changer, allowing authorized personnel to push critical information or make changes from anywhere. With a simple press of a button, these messages can be instantly disseminated across displays, ensuring rapid communication when you need it.

LED Wall Installations by Crunchy Tech 

Is your business ready for the magic of outdoor video walls? With a commitment to technological excellence and a keen understanding of outdoor tech innovations, Crunchy Tech offers nationwide expertise in transforming spaces into captivating visual experiences. 

Our outdoor LED walls ensure that businesses can communicate effectively, whether it’s enhancing brand visibility, driving dynamic outdoor advertising, or delivering high-resolution displays for outdoor events. From city squares to expansive outdoor venues, our nationwide reach ensures that businesses across the country can harness the power of LED technology to make a lasting impact on their audiences.

Contact Crunchy Tech here to discuss your project and to get started with advanced outdoor display technology!