LED video walls are the new standard for displaying videos in public places. With their crisper and brighter image output, LED video walls offer a more reliable, flexible, and economic solution than projectors. Considering their advantages, it is no surprise they are becoming a popular choice in houses of worship (HOW), as they allow for optimal viewing in both daylight and nighttime usage.
In fact, a number of churches are embracing such technology for better image quality. According to a recent report, Chapel Hill Presbyterian Church in Gig Harbor, Washington recently joined the digital revolution and installed Elation EZ Series LED video screens in their main worship space. And while you might be thinking of making the investment, there are certain things you need to consider before installing such systems in your house of worship.
The main reason why video walls are rapidly being adopted by churches as a part of their lighting requirements is they create exciting new opportunities and enhance the overall worship experience. However, it is important to choose the right products to receive optimum return on your investment, and to ensure your faith community receives the best worship experience. Factors like pixel pitch, panel/module dimensions, viewing distance, and NITS need to be taken into account when selecting video walls. Evaluating these factors can be confusing, especially if you have no prior experience in this field.
Here are a few things to look for:
Pixel pitch is the first thing to consider when buying a video panel. It is the vertical and horizontal spacing (center-to-center) between each LED. Pixel pitch is measured in millimeters; the smaller the size is, the closer the minimum viewing distance you have. Essentially, the images will become pixelated if you are too close to the video panel (closer than the minimum viewing distance).
To provide clear images to worshipers, you need to ensure that the pixel pitch is correct, based on the distance between both the video panels and your church’s first row. A simple way to evaluate pixel pitches, according to Church Production, is to “allow one meter of viewing distance for every millimeter of pixel pitch.”
Also, consider the brightness of your video panel. This is measured in NITS, which is defined as the cd/m2. A NIT is used to measure the brightness of projectors, televisions, and video walls. If you need to use the LED video walls for an outdoor event taking place during the day, it is essential to have LED walls with a rating of more than 4000 NITS. This will ensure that the content is still readable on the screen as it competes with the sun’s brightness. Also, if your video panels are intended for outdoor use, make sure the unit is structurally stable and well secured.
However, 4000 NITS is overkill for indoor displaying. For the purpose of enhancing the experience of an indoor church service, a video wall of 1200-2500 NITS is ideal. In fact, you don’t even need to run your content at 100 percent intensity for indoor applications. You should also carefully consider where you want to install the video panels to avoid overwhelming your congregation with images and video that is too intense and hard to watch.
When these factors are taken care of, churches can easily derive maximum return on investment from installing LED video walls, and provide their congregation with a better and more enjoyable worship experience.