04 Apr LED Walls vs. Projectors
THE BENEFITS OF UPGRADING TO THE NEXT LEVEL
LED walls are becoming the new standard for displaying video. With a brighter image, LED walls offer a more economical, reliable and flexible platform than projectors. We have listed the benefits below so you can see for your self why upgrading is a necessity for your venue or event.
LED walls and projectors can’t be measured the same as they both have there own system of measuring light and brightness. LED walls are measured in NIT. NIT is the measurement of direct light. Projectors are measured in lux, the measurement of reflected light. It takes 3.426 lux to equal 1 NIT. Which means it requires a lot more lux to even come close to the brightness of what an LED wall can provide. In most cases projectors start loosing brightness in the first month and do down to around 70% of there original brightness in the first year. On the other hand LED walls stay at a consistent 100% light output because they only need to be used at 20% to 30% of there brightness capability. That means your investment will last for years to come.
I think we can agree that once you place a projector and screen you aren’t going to move it until you call VisualizeLED to install your new LED walls. LED walls are not limited on how you can configure them in your space. The 4 advantages to LED walls are that they are Modular, Mobile, Customizable and Flexible. And lets not forget that they are light weight and extra durable if you are setting up and tearing down for events.
Yearly Cost Comparison
If you happen to own projectors or have ever used one you already know that there are multiple components that will require maintenance. Average life span of a projector is around 5 years were an LED wall averages a life span of 12 years. So lets compare a projectors long-term of maintenance cost versus an LED wall in the first 4 years.
Average cost of a light bulb for a projector that performance close to one of our LED walls will cost $4,500 to replace. If you remember projectors loose there brightness down to 70% in the first year so to keep up with an LED wall you are looking at replacing the bulb every year to perform at its optimal performance. By year 2 you have already spent around $10,000 dollars and when year 3 rolls around you are looking at replacing the light engine for around $6,000 with a new bulb that totals around $10,500. Then comes the 4th year and with the new bulb and what you have spent in the last 3 years you have spent a total of $24,000 to keep your projector at optimum performance.
Of-course we are being very general with these numbers since there are so many well made projectors out in the market but the reality is that if it cost half of that $24,000 you are spending to much in maintenance any way. By year 4 for your LED wall you are looking at replacing a module for around $100, by year 7 possibly 2 modules and by year 10 3 modules. Yes the initial cost is around 15% to 20% more expensive upfront to purchase LED walls versus projectors but in the long run your maintenance cost are a fraction of the cost of a projector.
Lets not forget the cost of energy consumption between the two. On average LED walls require only half the power projectors use which in turn saves energy each year. We have found that the average break-even point of an LED wall investment is around 2 years with the savings of maintenance and power cost.
Convenience & Image Quality
I think you are starting to get the picture when we start balancing out the long-term maintenance cost on a projector versus our LED walls. But what about the image quality and real tangible conveniences to LED walls versus projectors? As to the image quality we all know that everything is now HD capable but what projectors are limited in is that once the bulb starts going so does your image quality. Were in an LED wall you will have the continues higher efficiency, higher contrast and higher brightness. What about the tangible conveniences to an LED wall? Glad you asked and here are our top 4 that make LED walls the right decision to make..
- Ambient light drastically affects view-ability of the image.
- A significant amount of physical space is required to house both the projector and screen.
- Once set up, projectors and screens are very difficult to move for different functions.
- If something isn’t working, there are several possible causes, most of which require sending in the unit for an expensive, time-consuming repair.
- There are no ambient light considerations. An LED wall can be displayed in a well-lit room or even outdoors.
- An LED wall is inches thin and can easily be lowered or moved into a small space.
- An LED wall can easily and quickly be torn down and rebuilt in any location and configured for multiple uses.
- 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.
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