LED vs. LCD displays


About 90% of the information transmitted to the human brain is visual, so why not display information in the most visually efficient way possible? There are several different options for video displays, but they are not all created equal. If you’re interested in installing LED or LCD screens within your facilities, you must weigh your options and consider every variable that may affect your results.

Before committing to either of these options, consider the content you are planning to share and the primary purpose of each display. You may also want to assess reliability and maintenance as well so that you can align this decision with your company’s financial goals.

Implementing new technologies can be daunting, but the right display can enhance both the viewer’s and creator’s experience. If you’re unsure whether LED or. LCD screens are the best fit for your facility, continue reading to learn more and make an informed decision.

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The Difference Between LED vs. LCD Displays

At first glance, you may think that LEDs and LCDs are the same. Although these technologies serve the same purpose, some circumstances may benefit more from one display over the other. If you’re interested in implementing LEDs or LCDs, consider working with professional audiovisual integrators to assess your company’s needs to choose the ideal solution.

What Are LCD Displays?

An LCD (Liquid Crystal Display) is a flat panel display that functions with the utilization of liquid crystals. LCDs require much less power than other options because the liquid crystals within the display produce images using a blacklight. This technology is prevalent in airport displays, televisions, and digital menu displays at restaurants. LCD technology was initially developed in the 1960s and has proven its reliability. As a result, companies continue to utilize LCDs.

Video walls are also a popular and impactful use of LCD technology. Composed of multiple LCD panel monitors that work together as a cohesive unit, video walls create a large but unified viewing experience. These monitors function at high brightness, complete with thin bezels that present a high-quality image when multiple displays are mounted next to each other.

What Are LED Displays?

While LED displays are similar to LCDs, there are a few key differences in how they function. “LED” stands for Light Emitting Diode. Essentially, an LED creates light through electric luminescence. LED displays are composed of multiple diodes that emit light when traveling through two silicon semiconductors, and these diodes join to create a singular image. This method of creating light is even more energy-efficient than LCD technology.

Individual LED panels come in slightly smaller sizes than LCDs. LED displays are standard in concert venues, stadiums, airports, and arenas. 


The Benefits and Drawbacks of LED Displays

While LED displays have the power to enthrall customers and clients, they are not as standard as LCDs because they are newer. Compared to an LCD, LED displays require a more significant initial investment, so LED displays may not be the best choice if you want to reduce costs in the near term. Having said this, you will likely save money in the long run because maintenance is much less expensive, and LEDs have an incredibly long lifespan ranging from 80,000 to 100,000 hours.

The cost of LED display installation is further justified if your ultimate goal is to provide a captivating experience from a long distance. If your displays feature a large amount of movement, vivid colors, and engaging imagery, LED displays may be worth the investment.

LED displays also benefit from high brightness and contrast with virtually no glare. The images that people see will be much more vivid than LCD panels. As a result, LED displays are a popular choice for digital signage at sporting events or other outdoor activities. These qualities ensure that people can easily see a display’s details under indirect lighting.

If your facilities need many different types of displays, consider that LED panels come in smaller sizes than LCDs. Audiovisual integrators may combine numerous LED panels to create your desired shape. Motion-oriented content is also much easier to view on an LED display.

Apart from the initial price, one other significant issue may arise with LED panels. Due to the nature of the technology, it can be challenging for people to adequately view content from a short distance, which is why these screens are often preferred for large, long-distance displays.


The Benefits and Drawbacks of LCD Displays

Video walls can add an exciting touch to a bustling lobby or conference room. As video walls grow in popularity, LCD technology remains a primary choice for many companies. Since LCDs have been around for decades, implementing this technology is much less expensive than LEDs. So if reducing up-front costs is one of your primary concerns, LCDs may be the best option for your company. 

In addition, it is vital to consider the nature of the content that you will be sharing on these displays. LCD technology benefits from extremely high resolution – advanced 4k displays may easily have more than 8 million pixels. This ensures that viewers can adequately see detail that may not be visible on LED displays, experiencing information up close and personal.

If your goal is to display information that includes small text, announcements, or other informative content, LCDs may be the ideal solution.


Finding the Best Display for Your Needs

When it comes to video displays, there are various options available in terms of shape, size, and resolution – including the choice of LED vs. LCD. The components that make up each video display may vary greatly, so it is essential to consider the purpose of your display and each factor that affects the quality of the viewer’s overall experience. The ultimate goal is to create a captivating experience that clearly communicates information within your chosen environment.

If you are still unsure which video solutions are best suited for your company and facilities, Applied Global Technologies is here to help. Our audiovisual integration specialists can evaluate your goals and help you find the ideal visual display solutions for your needs.