LED screens convey information and content brightly and appealingly, thanks to the light-emitting diodes. Whether you want an LED screen for entertainment, private use, or public consumption, you need to do certain things first before configuring your LED screen. This will ensure that your screen performs at the optimal level.
So in this guide, we will talk about what you need to do before LED screen configuration and how to set up your screen for the best user experience.
What to Do Before Setting Up Your LED Screen
It is normal to be a little perplexed about what to do before configuring your LED screen if you are a first-time user. Questions like, “Should I start with the cables first” or “What’s the best place to install this screen” will pop up. Don’t worry, we got you covered.
The steps below are what you should take before setting up your new screen.
Determine the Placement
Asking yourself where to place your new product is usually the first question that pops into your mind. So where should you place your screen? That’s a question only you can answer obviously. However, we can help you make your decision more quickly.
The first thing to consider here is the viewing distance. How far is the sitting or viewing area from the screen? If the screen size is small, consider keeping it a little closer. Keep it a little farther from the sitting vicinity if it’s large.
However, that is only applicable to home or private use. You don’t need to consider that if you are buying an LED screen for commercial use.
Another factor to consider when placing your screen is the ambient light. Will your LED be the primary source of illumination in the room or area? The answer to this question will help you determine where to position the screen.
Consider the Available Space
Another factor you should consider alongside the placement is the available space. If you’re setting up a large LED screen in a small space, it is evenly disproportionate. The same goes for using a small screen for larger venues.
Choosing the ideal screen size is a factor you must have considered even before purchasing the LED screen. So do your due diligence before making a choice. For larger venues, use larger screens. For smaller spaces or intimate settings, a smaller screen would be more appropriate.
Consider Your Content
The type of content on display is another crucial point you must consider before configuring your LED screen. What will you show? Videos, static photos, text, or graphics? Your answer will help you to determine the best way to configure your screen.
Ascertain the Installation Method
After you have considered the type of content to be displayed, you need to ascertain the installation method. We have various types of LED screens, such as surface-mounted screens, dip screens, COB screens, mini LED, transparent, and flexible screens. Each type has its specific features and applications.
One of the most popular choices for outdoor use is the surface-mounted LED screens. Characterized by their high contrast and brightness, these screens are made of tiny diodes soldered onto a PCB board, thus called surface-mounted.
Dip LED screens comprise tiny LED chips attached to a printed circuit board. Dip screens are known for their low energy use and impeccable color uniformity.
COB or Chip on Board LED screens are famous for good resolution and power efficiency. They are manufactured by attaching a bare LED chip to a circuit board.
As the name suggests, mini LED screens use small LED chips to get a high pixel pitch and good color accuracy. The chips are typically smaller than conventional LED screens. You can find this screen in high-end displays like TVs.
Transparent LED screens are installed where visibility is vital, like storefront windows. These screens comprise a network of tiny LEDs that are almost impossible to see when turned off.
Flexible or curved LED screens are new screens dominating the market today. They are made of flexible materials, enabling them to be bent. They produce unique displays and are used in creative installations.
From the above, you can see that each LED screen differs and may require a particular installation method. The type you have will determine if you need to mount it on a wall, truss it with brackets or frames, or keep it on the ground. You may need to contact a professional to help you with the installation.
Connect the Power Supply
After mounting your LED, connect it to the power supply. Depending on the power configuration, you may connect to the power supply via a power cord or distribution box. Make sure the supply is stable and adequate to power the screen, as well as protected against power failures and fluctuations.
Proceed to Configuration
Now that you’ve determined the placement, space, size, and content, and mounted your LED, the next is to begin the configuration. This means setting the brightness, contrast, color, resolution, and refresh rate. We will discuss this further before the end of this guide.
There are things to do before configuring your LED screen to maximize performance and ensure the best user experience. Following the steps above will ensure that your screen is set and ready to deliver the promised content. Now is the time to move to the next step – configuring your LED screen.
Setting Up Your LED Screen
Your power cables are all connected, and the wall setup has been finalized. Next is to head over to the configuration aspect. How difficult is it to configure your LED screen?
Configuring your LED screen needs some technical know-how and attention to detail. You wouldn’t want to mishandle this part because it will affect how the content will be delivered to the intended audience.
Below are the steps to follow to set up your LED screen:
Connect the Video Source
After the power cables are connected, connect the screen to a video source. It could be a media player or any other device that can produce video signals. You can also use converters or HDMI cables to connect the video source to the screen. However, ensure the video source is compatible with the format and resolution of the screen.
Configure the LED Controller
After connecting the video source, set up the LED controller. This is a device that controls all the parameters of the screen, including the bright, color, and contrast. Some controllers may be connected to the screen directly or need a data cable, Wi-Fi, or ethernet to achieve a connection. It all depends on the type of LED.
Connect to the LED and set up the controller to match the parameters of the LED screen, such as pixel density, resolution, color, and contrast. You can access these characteristics from the settings menu of the LED screen. Some LED screens may have advanced settings like pixel mapping that you can use to tweak the display to your needs.
Calibration is adjusting the screen size and colorimeter to ensure optimal quality and accurate content display. Head to the LED screen settings to perform the calibration.
Test Your Configuration
Finally, you need to test your configuration to see the results of your hard work. This is an essential aspect of LED screen configuration, as it will help you pinpoint areas that need improvement. Also, it ensures that your screen is operating correctly.
Start by checking out the colorimeter and visually inspecting the brightness, viewing angle, and color uniformity of the LED screen. Don’t also forget to check out the settings and connections of the video source and the LED controller and adjust them accordingly.
The content settings also need to be inspected for the best visual experience. Test your configuration with various content in different formats to see how they perform in different situations. Then you can tweak it to your taste.
Configuring an LED screen is by no means easy, as it requires a lot of technical know-how and careful planning. Mounting, connection, setup, and testing, are some of the phases you must undergo to ensure an impeccable viewing experience. However, we have made it convenient for you to configure your screen with the above steps. By following them, we know your LED screen performs at its optimum level and produces exceptional visuals.
If you need help with setting up your LED screen or purchasing one, please contact us on our website. We will be happy to attend to your request and queries.