Differences between indoor and outdoor LED screen


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With the advent of LED screen technology, not only has the way we view entertainment changed, it has also come to change the way we advertise.

The market takes advantage of this type of technology to replace the classic signage in some sectors with these colorful screens. This is how we can see the Indoor Led Screen in different shopping malls, shopping centers, local stores in urban areas, etc.

Another type of advertising that captures our attention immediately is the Outdoor Led Panel that we can find in the streets, near shopping centers, and on the facades of shopping malls, etc., while we walk or are driving by car, bus or in the subway.

Although these types of screens appear the same at first glance, the truth is that they are not, since they differ in several aspects:

  • Resolution varies based on viewing distance
  • The brightness of these panels is different due to exposure to daylight
  • The resistance to climatic factors is not the same
  • The type of energy consumption is different
  • The way they are installed is different

The varied uses for both types of LED panels

Today the screens are used so much that they even make up landmarks, such as for tourist purposes, such as the famous Times Square in New York.

Let’s see an example where the Indoor Led Screen and the Outdoor Led Panel are used to simultaneously promote, through different advertisements, the products and services of local businesses in the Brickell City Center in Miami, Florida. A place where people gather to walk, explore, be entertained and enjoy the day while doing their shopping.

In this center we can find a Big Led Screen for outside places that advertises the different brands and products of the surrounding businesses. At the same time we will be able to see the LED screens of the different shops promoting their products and menus, capturing the attention of the different visitors to the mall.

With a varied offer of gastronomy, clothing, technology, cinema and others, this center offers a range of entertainment and consumption options so that you can enjoy your day.


Resolution and Clarity: A Comparison for LED displays

Now not all the panels that make up these screens are the same, depending to a large extent on the viewing distance from where the viewer is, in the first instance, and whether they are going to be used inside or outside.

To be more specific, the distance between pixels varies depending on how close the viewer is, starting with a minimum distance of 5 feet, for LED panels with a 1.9mm distance between pixels, and delivering images of up to 4K (3840×2160 pixel resolution).

Taking this statement into account, we will see that indoor screens will have a smaller distance between pixels, unlike the other type ones which need a greater viewing distance, their LED panels reaching a greater separation between pixels.

To give a more specific example, the panels that Mirackle produces and sells, a company with years of experience in the led technology market, offers indoor panels from 1.9mm to 5mm for giant screens, instead led panels for exteriors range from 3.99mm to 5mm given that the viewing distances are greater than the previous ones (a led screen inside the commercial premises showing an advertisement in which the viewer is relatively close is not the same as an advertisement on the canopy of a building, or a giant screen in a stadium or concert).

And this is due to the fact that at a shorter distance from the viewer, a better sharpness in the image quality is needed, with which the distance between pixels must be less, for a distance further from the viewer, it is not necessary to have a higher pixel density, Since the human eye does not get to appreciate the details of the image, they are lost in the distance, which is why outdoor LED screens have a greater separation of pixels.

With this in mind, both types of equipment offer images and video playback in resolutions such as Full HD (1920×1080 pixels) and up to 4K (3840×2160 pixels), providing exceptional image clarity and contrast at all times.


Brightness differences between Indoor and Outdoor walls

In the previous section, we talked about image quality, but the truth is that you cannot get the best quality experience if you do not have adequate brightness.

As we have well seen, these led screens are not the same, from their production process outdoor screens receive a reinforcement in their construction to be able to withstand harsh weather conditions, and as expected, to deal with light from day these panels need a higher brightness than those used inside the place.

To get a more specific idea, indoor led screens range from 500 to 1,500 nits of brightness, while the other led screens range from 5,000 to 10,000 nits of brightness. Due to this difference, outside panels have a higher energy consumption than interior ones, however, these panels continue to be generally low energy consumption compared to other technologies.

To avoid wasting energy by being on throughout the day, they have ambient lighting sensors that adjust the intensity of the brightness of the image and thus be able to obtain more efficient energy consumption.

If you have any questions or want to contact experts in LED screens, do not hesitate to contact the Mirackle team. We are here to advise you.