Transparent LED Screen VS Transparent LED Film, which is better?

In recent years, with the expansion of market demand in the LED display industry and the continuous broadening of application fields, LED display products have shown a diversified development trend. As a subdivision of the display industry, transparent LED displays have the advantages of being light, thin, and transparent, and have developed rapidly in recent years. Recently, many customers have been confused about the difference between LED transparent film, which has many similarities with traditional LED transparent screens. Which screen should they choose that is more suitable for them, and which one can bring better results? Today I will analyze conventional LED transparent screens and LED transparent flexible screens from three aspects. You can judge by yourself which one is better or which one is more suitable for your needs.

What are LED transparent screens and LED transparent films?
  • Transparent LED display screen. As the name suggests, the LED display screen is made transparent, but it cannot be completely transparent. In fact, it can be called a grille screen because it is composed of strip LEDs. The realization principle of LED transparent screen is to optimize the light bar screen, improve the patch process, lamp beads, and add a hollow design structure to reduce the obstruction of the line of sight by structural components and improve the perspective effect. Able to achieve a transmittance of 50%-75%, the transparent LED display screen, as its name implies, means that the LED electronic display screen has the property of transmitting light like glass.
  • Transparent LED film, which is one of the transparent screen segment products. transparent LED film is a new type of display technology. It uses LED as a backlight and encapsulates it on a thin plastic film. This film is like a transparent fax paper, making the transparent LED film ultra-thin and flexible, transparency and other characteristics. In short, as an innovative display technology, it has the advantages of novel appearance, flexible form, high-quality images and low energy consumption, so it is regarded as the development direction of future display technology. It is expected that transparent LED films will be more widely used and promoted in the next few years.
Advantages of LED transparent screen and transparent LED film:
  1. Advantages of LED transparent screen
  • High permeability, 50% to 75% permeability, which satisfies the original lighting and perspective function of the glass curtain wall.
  • Lightweight and small space occupied. The thickness of the main panel is only 10mm, and the weight of the transparent screen is only 12kg/m².
  • Beautiful installation, low cost, no complex steel structure required.
  • Unique display effect, transparent background, and the playing advertising screen give people the feeling of floating on the glass wall.
  • Maintenance is convenient and fast. Indoor and outdoor maintenance is fast and safe.
  • Energy saving and environmental protection, no fans or air conditioners are needed for heat dissipation, and it saves more than 40% energy than traditional LED displays.
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    2. Advantages of transparent LED film:
  • It is easy to install and does not require a steel frame structure. You only need to attach the film screen lightly, then connect the signal and power supply, and connect it directly to the glass curtain wall.
  • Very light and takes up no space. The product thickness is only 1~3mm, and the total weight is only 1~3 kg/㎡.
  • Energy saving and environmental protection, eliminating the need for traditional cooling systems and air conditioners, saving more than 40% of energy compared to traditional screens.
  • Novel and charming effect. The image is like hanging on the glass curtain wall, which has good advertising and artistic effects.
  • It is bendable and flexible and can be attached to any curvature of glass/wall without size restrictions. It can be cut to the required length according to the size of the glass required for the film.
  • High light transmittance, with a transparency of 60%-95%, which can ensure the lighting needs and field of view of the lighting structure, such as between floors, glass curtain walls, windows, etc., and ensure the see-through function in the original part of the glass curtain wall.
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The difference between LED transparent screen and transparent LED film
  1. Product design
    Both use new materials, especially LED lamp beads. Compared with boards and controllers, LED lamp beads don’t have many options. The LED lamp beads used in the LED transparent screen are RGB three-color SMD lamp beads, while the LED transparent film uses built-in IC lamp beads with integrated circuit ICs. Compared with LED transparent screens, this is the secret to why LED transparent films are lighter, thinner, and more transparent. This kind of built-in IC lamp bead can integrate the control circuit on the LED, making the circuit simpler, smaller in size, and easier to install. Moreover, there is no need to add extra control components to the circuit, which not only increases the overall transmittance of the transparent screen but also reduces the main cost of IC components.
  2.  Application fields
    Most of their applications overlap, and they are often used in glass curtain walls, glass showcases, commercial displays, auto shows, etc. Some people say that LED transparent screens will soon be replaced by transparent films. However, LED transparent screens have irreplaceable advantages. For example, in the stage field, LED transparent screens have many practical application cases, but LED transparent films have not been used in this area so far. It is mostly limited to the application field of glass inner walls. Moreover, in the field of medium and large engineering applications, LED transparent screens have relatively more advantages in terms of technological maturity and actual market share. In the field of small and medium-sized applications, transparent films have more advantages. For example, transparent films use glass, exhibition cabinets, and other carriers to display commercial advertising information and recommended products to users, and are full of technological content.

For NSELED, we currently mainly recommend LED transparent screens. This is because compared to transparent LED films, LED transparent screens have certain advantages. First of all, the cost of an LED transparent screen is lower; it can achieve a brightness of up to 6000nits, which meets the needs of most customers for outdoor use; in addition, the lamp beads are easier to maintain, which is currently not possible with transparent LED films. LED transparent screens have wider application areas and are more cost-effective, while the application areas of LED transparent films are almost limited to the inner walls of glass. All in all, the most important thing is to correctly look at the advantages and disadvantages of each product, and choose the product that suits your project based on the installation environment, display requirements, etc. Currently, NSELED is constantly innovating and progressing, constantly improving the shortcomings of LED transparent screens and expanding the application scope of transparent screens. There are transparent screens suitable for rental and fixed installation, as well as transparent rear window screens for vehicle rear windows. More LED transparent screen application solutions will be developed in the future. If you have project needs related to LED displays, please feel free to contact the NSELED team and we will provide you with the perfect solution.

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