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LED Lessons: Brightness and Nits on LED Screens

Understanding Brightness and LED Video Walls

One of the most important aspects to consider with an LED screen is brightness. If your LEDs aren’t bright enough, the image on the screen will get washed out and be difficult to see, especially when it is in direct sunlight. With a bright screen you will get a crisp, vibrant picture that will show up in any conditions, indoors or outdoors.

Remember that LED stands for Light-Emitting Diode, so an LED is not actually a bulb, but a more bright, efficient, alternative. And unlike light bulbs, they don’t burn out, but they can dim over time. So not only does brightness affect the image quality of your screen, but also how long it will hold up over time, depending on the quality of LEDs used in your screen.

Typically a single light source is measure in units called lumens. However, the LED industry has settled on a a different unit of measurement for brightness. A nit, also known as “candelas per square meter,” is a unit of measurement for of total brightness over one square meter of an LED display. This number takes into account other factors, including the number of LEDs per pixel, pixel pitch, brightness of individual LEDs, and quality and design of the LEDs.

With our four mobile jumbotrons and modular LED from our partner company Fire Up Creative, we have a variety of video wall options. Our LED screens range between 4,500 to 6,000 nits. With black-face bulbs on all of our outdoor tiles, along with our bright LEDs, our video screens look great, even in direct sunlight. With most of our events outdoors, brightness was one of the most important factors we looked at while choosing tiles, and making sure the video tiles look good in the sun.

We are constantly hearing from people looking for ways to display video content outdoors. Some may be considering a large projector or standard televisions. However, neither of these work well outside, and are almost impossible to see in direct sun. This is where LED displays can come in handy. LED screens work well when other options aren’t bright enough. If you plan to display anything during the day, an LED screen is really the only way to effectively do this. And even in other indoor and darker situations, an LED screen will still provide a brighter, more vivid picture. If you have more questions regarding LED brightness or nits, please feel free to reach out.

Fire Up Video provides LED video wall rentals for events across the Midwest, including Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, Michigan, Wisconsin, Illinois, Ohio, Indiana, Tennessee, Kentucky, Oklahoma, Colorado, Nebraska, Kansas, North Dakota, South Dakota, and more. For more information on jumbotron rentals, please contact us at 612-759-1012 or baum3@earthlink.net.




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