From advertising the latest sales to restaurant menus to corporate branding to public information messaging, LED video displays are an effective way to communicate key information. But to utilize the full range of advantages of LED video display technology, it is important to plan for its usage from the very beginning of an architect’s building design.

That’s why Draper has teamed with Architectural Record to produce an educational course on the subject. “LED Technology and Support Structures: Advantages, Applications, and Attachment” covers everything from how LEDs are made to how to choose the best mounting structure for each project.

The course also compares LED display technology with LCD and projection.

“The most obvious advantage with direct view LED is the largest and brightest video images without the noticeable seams that you see with LCD video walls,” said Scott Simpson, CTS-D, DMC-D-4K, audiovisual consultant, associate, PAE, Portland, Oregon, “and with contrast ratios that you just cannot achieve with projectors.”

An important piece of any LED display, no matter the size, is the mounting system. Even though you don’t usually see it, the support structure plays a significant role in the appearance of the display.

“The wall you are attaching to is never that precise,” said Grant Wylie, director – AV product management for Draper. “So you have to have a system that is able to mount to that non-flat surface and create a perfectly flat mounting surface for the LED panels themselves.”

LED display technology is expected to eclipse LCD and projection technology within a couple of years. Consequently, architects should proactively address the integration of LED systems into their designs if LED is their display technology of choice for the project. This will ultimately protect the integrity of their building designs and enable the design and installation process to proceed in a seamless manner.

Further, selecting high-quality mounting systems with a high level of adjustability and precision will produce the highest-quality, seamless LED display.

To learn more about LED display technology and how best to specify displays and support structures, click here to take the class. An in-person and/or virtual presentation version of the course will also soon be available. Each course earns 1 AIA LU.

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