LED Walls: As Costs Drop, Many Churches Look to Such Systems

One of the beautiful things about an LED video wall system is modularity. The capability to configure the panels in virtually any setup is very attractive to designers for creative elements.

LED Walls: As Costs Drop, Many Churches Look to Such Systems
For churches considering LED video wall systems, install choices include the ROE Visual Black OnyX BO3, featuring a 3.4mm pixel pitch, with Brompton processing, shown here having been installed at the Church of the Highlands in Birmingham, Alabama, in March of last year.

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Another consideration is if the LED video wall system will be enhancing or replacing physical scenic elements on your stage. If it will be replacing, you can take the budget you spend on scenic annually and put that money back into the costs of the LED video wall system. You can do the same, even if you are reducing the number of physical pieces you use.

Keep in mind you will need to have the ability to create and configure content for your LED panels, if you are doing special designs and configurations, so make sure you are prepared for that. It’s unlikely you can pull off-the-shelf content, and just send it out to the panels, as you’ll need to configure pixel counts, aspect ratios, etc.

LED video panels are also very bright, and without negatively impacting visual quality, the intensity of the panels can be controlled through the system processors. This is a very nice feature to ensure your LED panels blend well with the surrounding lighting.

Speaking of which, both stage lighting, as well as natural light coming into your space (if you have windows), will not negatively impact the visual quality of LED video panels, as either would when using a projection system. This allows you to again balance the brightness of the video panels perfectly with the surroundings, so it does not overpower the creative lighting elements you may be doing on your stage. There is nothing worse than making a great lighting look, and then destroying it with video that is too bright! In addition to brightness control, LED panels tend also to have a very high viewing angle. This means that depending on placement of the panels on the stage, an audience member, at an estimated 140-degree angle to the stage, will still be able to see the image or text displayed on the LED video wall.

Another important consideration to take into account is pixel pitch. This is room dependent, and is usually driven by how far away from the panel surface the first audience member is sitting. The higher the pixel pitch number (such as 2mm vs. 7mm), the lower the image quality will become. One example of how the difference between two pixel pitches can have much different results, is if you have someone sitting 20 feet away from the LED wall panels, a 7mm pixel pitch probably isn’t going to allow the image to blend enough for them to see it with a great degree of clarity, especially text.


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Josh Holowicki is a passionate Christ follower who has dedicated his energy to helping “The Church” incorporate technology to enhance the worship experience. Josh has a unique background in that he not only holds a B.B.A. from Eastern Michigan University, but has also spent five years on staff as the lighting director and one of two scenic designers at NorthRidge Church in Plymouth, Michigan. Having studied under or worked with some of the most recognized names in both the Christian and secular lighting industry, Josh has fulfilled what he believes is his personal mission and calling by founding E2i Design, an organization whose focus is to Educate, Empower, and Inspire ministries in the area of visual impact on the live worship experience. Josh lives in Michigan with his wife of 12 years, Michelle and their seven pound Yorkshire terrier Buster.
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