WHAT DO I NEED TO INSTALL AN LED DISPLAY?
April 12, 2022
Your first foray into the world of LED displays can be daunting. There are so many new terms to learn and before you can make any decisions, you have to figure out what decisions you should be making!
This primer gives you some insight into what you will need to install an LED display or wall in your church, conference room, lobby, or retail shop.
The Components of an LED Display
The main components of an LED system are:
- LED Panels
- Rigging or Mounts
- Ethernet Cables
- Processor Control Software
LED DISPLAY PANELS
These are the parts you see. LED displays are almost always made up of a number of LED panels combined together to produce an image. Depending on space, design needs and desired output resolution, these LED panels will be combined and connected by ethernet cables.
An LED panel is made up of thousands of individual LEDs set into a module. A single module or multiple modules will be combined into a frame or chassis. On the back of this chassis will be a power supply and a receiving card.
RIGGING OR MOUNTS
Your LED display will be mounted in some fashion. There are three options for mounting. Some LED panels are better than others for different mount styles.
Flown LED displays
A flown LED display uses a rigging system to hang LED panels from a height. This is usually a stage truss structure designed to support the weight of numerous LED panels connected together.
Wall Mounted LED Displays
A wall mounted LED display will be mounted on a frame that is mounted on a wall. When wall mounting an LED panel, it is nice to have an LED panel that provides front access to the serviceable parts in the back. This makes it easy to change cables that might be faulty or make other adjustments. Wall mounted Led displays usually look better with a frame on the outer edges.
Ground Stacked LED Displays
Some applications require LED panels to be stacked together on the ground. In this mounting system, the weight of the panels is supported by the ground. Often stabilizers will be added, or ladder style frames can also be used to be able to access higher panels.
There will be two cables feeding each LED panel. Generally, only one panel will require a “home run” or longer cables connecting to the processor and power supply. Other panels in the display will be connected to each other.
The second type will be the signal or data cable. This will be a CAT5/6 ethernet cable. In order to have your Led wall display correctly, the signal cables will need to be ordered correctly. The order is defined by the processor.
The processor takes the signal from your output device (usually via HDMI) and formats it for the LED wall. Each processor brand has its own color adjustment options, but they all define how to get your video onto the panels in the right order for a proper display. The processor feeds the receiving card of the LED panel. The receiving card must be the same brand and format as the processor.
PROCESSOR CONTROL SOFTWARE
NovaStar processors are great value for money, especially if you plan to set up LED walls in fixed locations and plan to adjust them infrequently. Churches, meeting rooms and outdoor signage applications will benefit from NovaStar treatment.
For more information on how to plan an LED display wall, please contact us and we can help. The WeiYe team is rooted in AV integration. We have designed LED panels to meet the needs of our customers who have worked with us over the years. We can help you!