LED Display Rentals – Coming to an Event Near You
Remember the last time you were at a concert or music festival and got to view your favorite performers on the big screen? I sure do. And the folk in the back row really appreciate these screens more than anyone; they give them a front row seat to the action!
Most people aren’t aware of what these screens are actually called—LED screens (or LED displays, Jumbotrons, LED video walls, and a dozen other similar names). These screens first debuted at the World’s Fair back in 1985 and were called “Jumbotrons” and since then the term has become a genericized trademark (sort of like Kleenex for tissues). In the late 80s and on through the 90s these screens were insanely expensive. Right around the turn of the century, they started becoming more affordable, and by affordable I don’t mean rent one for a backyard party affordable, I meant $50k for a one day event affordable. This of course is still light years away from what your typical event could pay, however stadiums started installing them for daytime video.
In the past 5 years LED technology has made huge strides and now you can rent these screens for smaller events. You might have even seen one at a local concert, fair or festival. There are two major types of these screens when it comes to the rental market.
You have mobile LED screens which are the type that are mounted to trucks and trailers and allow for easy setup. These are very popular with short, one day events and are very simple with regard to setup. They are usually turn-key, and most come with on board generators and production rooms of varying sizes.
You have modular LED screens which are the type that are constructed onsite from individual panels. These screens can be built any shape or size, as they do not come assembled. Most often, you will find these screens being made up of panels that are approximately a foot and a half to two feet square or rectangular. There are two different types of modular screens, indoor and outdoor, which I will explain further.
Indoor LED screens are made (obviously) for indoor events, or events where there is not a lot of ambient light. Indoor LED screens are not as bright as outdoor LED screens, and for this reason their “pixels” can be closer to one another, without causing heat displacement issues.
Outdoor LED screens are the type that are used at outdoor events, however can be used at indoor events as well. The main difference between the two is outdoor LED screens are much brighter than their indoor counterparts, and are also usually weather proof. These screens can handle anything mother nature has to throw at them, and then some.
In the coming years we are sure to see more and more LED display rentals at events, as they are becoming incredibly popular around the United States. Next time you here a friend say, “Jumbotron” you can confidently inform them that unfortunately they’re incorrect, and are actually called LED screens. What could be more fun than that?