LED Screen Sizes: What Size Suits Your Needs?

LED screens have been dominating the advertising world for years now. From the skyscrapers of Shanghai to the streets of New York, LED billboards of all shapes and sizes helped elevate how brands promote their image. In essence, these electronic canvasses can be treated like real estate properties.

Location is the top contributing factor to an LED display’s value. The more foot traffic the location receives, the more people can see the content, hence, brands pay a premium to get the spot. However, the display size is just as important as the location for an advertisement to reap the benefits of increased visibility. In high-density locations such as Times Square, standing out means getting a prime spot and the right size that can compete with other LED displays.

But, how do you know when the LED screen size is the right fit for your needs?

The Importance of Knowing LED Display Screen Sizes

Choosing the right LED display size ensures its effectiveness as a medium in delivering your content to your target audiences. For the most part, strategic location dictates the success of an LED display. However, its size must be proportional to the amount of traffic its location gets. For instance, if it’s located side-by-side with other LED displays in a densely populated area, it has to stand out, or at the very least, be at par with others in terms of size.

With most outdoor installations, LED screens are typically mounted on building facades where they can be seen by anyone even from afar. These installations call for larger LED screens that offer higher visibility. Meanwhile, indoor installations, typically in shopping malls, have to fit in the limited space available while making the most out of the foot traffic they receive. These installations require smaller LED screens suitable for close-distance viewing.

Knowing the right LED display size for your needs can also help you manage the project budget. For instance, advertising one-time promos may be better off with smaller displays as compared to product launches that need more exposure. Evaluating what display size you need relative to your content is important in managing your finances and ensuring you get the most return on your investment.

Standard Indoor LED Module and Cabinet Sizes

Indoor standard LED module units form standard LED cabinets, and LED cabinets form indoor LED display screens. Therefore, the size of indoor standard LED display screens is a multiple of the size of module unit boards and standard cabinets.
Indoor standard LED module and cabinet sizes are as follows

Pixel pitch LED module sizes(mm) Cabinet size (mm)
P1.25 320×160 640×480
P1.25 200×150 400×300
P1.25 300×168.75 600×337.5
P1.53 320×160 640×480
P1.56 200×150 400×300
P1.56 300×168.75 600×337.5
P1.667 320×160 640×480
P1.667 200×150 400×300
P1.86 320×160 640×480
P1.875 240×240 480×480
P1.875 150×168.75 600×337.5
P1.923 200×150 400×300
P1.953 250×250 500×500
P2 256×128 512×512
P2 320×160 640×640/480
P2.5 320×160 640×640/480
P2.5 160×160 480×480
P2.5 240×240 480×480
P2.5 250×250 500×500
P3 192×192 576×576
P3.076 320×160 640×640
P3 240×240 480×480
P3 240×120 480×480
P4 256×128 512×512
P4 320×160 640×640
P4 256×256 512×512
P4 256×128 512×512
P5 320×160 640×640
P5 160×160 480×480

Standard Outdoor LED Module and Cabinet Sizes

The most common outdoor LED standard module size is 320x160mm, and the most common standard outdoor cabinet size is 960x960mm, so the size of die-cast aluminum or die-cast magnesium alloy cabinets is usually 960x960mm. The common outdoor module sizes and cabinet sizes are shown in the following table

Pixel pitch LED module sizes(mm) Cabinet size (mm)
P2.5 320×160 640×640/960×960
P2.5 160×160 640×640
P3 192×192 768×768
P3.076 320×160 960×960
P3.33 320×160 960×960
P3.33 160×160 960×960
P4 256×128 1024×1024
P4 320×160 960×960
P4.8 192×192 768×768
P4.8 288×288 576×576
P5 320×160 960×960
P5 160×160 960×960
P5.926 320×160 960×960
P6 192×192 960×960
P6 192×96 960×960
P6.67 320×160 960×960
P8 320×160 960×960
P8 256×128 1024×1024
P10 320×160 960×960
P10 160×160 960×960

Standard Rental LED Module and Cabinet Sizes

The modules of rental LED display screens are all in standard 250x250mm, and the standard cabinet sizes are 500x500mm and 500x1000mm. Such standard module and cabinet sizes make the size of rental LED display screens multiples of 0.5 meters, and it is easy to achieve integers in length and width. The detailed rental LED module and cabinet sizes are as follows

Pixel pitch LED module sizes(mm) Cabinet size (mm)
P1.953 250×250 500×500
P1.953 250×250 500×1000
P2.604 250×250 500×500
P2.604 250×250 500×1000
P2.976 250×250 500×500
P2.976 250×250 500×1000
P3.91 250×250 500×500
P3.91 250×250 500×1000
P4.81 250×250 500×500
P4.81 250×250 500×1000

Standard LED Screen Sizes

While LED displays are known for their great customizability in terms of size and shape, they are, in fact, composed of multiple square or rectangular units called LED display modules. These modules come in standard sizes from as small as 320 x 160 mm to as big as 250 x 250 mm, depending on the type of display. Think of LED modules as puzzle pieces that make up one big image.

Indoor LED Screen Sizes

Indoor LED screens are limited in installation space, hence the need for smaller displays. Their standard sizes depend on the size of the installation location and the viewing distance.

Here are some common indoor LED screen sizes:

  • Digital Advertising: LED billboards in shopping malls typically range from as small as 1.92×1.28 m to as big as 3.84×2.88 m, depending on where they are mounted and how far they are from a viewer’s perspective.
  • Live Events: The size of concert LED wall screens will depend on the size of the venue. They can range from 4×3 m to 8×6 m or even larger, depending on the stage size and how the organizers want to use the display.
  • Theaters: Similar to concert LED screens, theater LED displays can range from 3.84×2.88 m to 8.96×5.76 m, depending on the theater’s size.
  • Storefronts: Storefront advertising requires smaller displays as you wouldn’t want to cover the interior. LED screens between 0.91×0.61 meters and 3×2 m are ideal for this type of application.

Outdoor LED Screen Sizes

Outdoor installations require bigger LED screen sizes for greater visibility. Unlike indoor applications, outdoor LED walls are not limited in space. Here are some of the most common LED screen sizes available for outdoor applications:

  • Outdoor Concerts: Outdoor concerts often take place in large open spaces where crowds can be several hundred meters from the stage. These events require large LED screens so that all audience members can see what’s happening on stage, no matter where they are seated. Outdoor concert LED screens can measure between 3×2 m and 8×6 m and beyond.
  • Sports Events: Outdoor LED walls in sports events often serve as electronic A-boards along the sidelines, scoreboards, or giant monitors that bring audiences closer to the action. They can measure between 2.88×1.92 m and 7.68×5.76 m.
  • Billboards: LED billboards are typically mounted on top of buildings, requiring great visibility for the viewers on the ground. They can be as small as 2.88×1.92 m to as big as 15.36×8.64 m and beyond, depending on the available space.

Factors That Affect How You Choose LED Wall Screen Size

While it’s easy to assume that going big is always the way to go, there are factors you need to consider before opting for the maximum size you can get:

Resolution

Resolution refers to the total number of pixels across the display. If you observe your TV sets, they are often labeled as 1080p, 2K, or 4K. These numbers represent the LED display’s resolution. You might confuse the LED screen sizes in inches as its actual size such as 32, 50, 65, and so on. In reality, these numbers represent the display’s diagonal measurement. The higher the resolution, the clearer the display. However, a big LED screen size doesn’t always come with a high resolution. A large display with a low resolution would have poor image quality, so the screen size must be proportional to the resolution.

As mentioned, resolution is the total number of pixels in your display. Simply multiply the height and length values to get your LED screen’s resolution. Here’s a table for your reference:

LED Screen Resolution Pixels (H x L)
4K Resolution 4096 x 2160 pixels
2K Resolution 2560 x 1440 pixels
1080P Resolution 1920 x 1080 pixels
720P Resolution 1280 x 720 pixels

Pixel Pitch

Pixel pitch, often expressed in mm, measures the distance between the centers of two neighboring pixels. The lower the pixel pitch is, the closer they are to each other and the more detailed the display. An LED display could have a pixel pitch as low as 0.5mm to as high as 10mm and beyond, depending on the display needs and the installation location.

Indoor LED displays require smaller pixel pitches because viewers see them at close distances, necessitating detailed images. Meanwhile, outdoor LED displays often sit far from viewers, allowing the use of modules with larger pixel pitches.

Here’s a table of common pixel pitches for indoor and outdoor LED displays for your reference:

Indoor Outdoor
P1.25, P1.538, & P1.86 P2.5
P2 & P2.5 P3, P3.076, P3.3, & P3.91
P3 & P3.91 P4 & P4.81
P4 & P4.81 P5, P6, & P6.67
P5 P8 & P10

Viewing Distance

Viewing distance is the optimal distance the display is visible with great detail. This is dependent on resolution and pixel pitch. Displays with higher resolutions and smaller pixel pitches will have greater viewing angles.

See below for your reference:

Budget

Budgetary constraints can greatly affect how you choose LED display sizes. You’d want to find the right balance between visibility and size while considering how much you’re willing to spend. You must know the type of content you want to display and how big of a space it requires to make the most impact on your viewers. At the end of the day, return on investment is still the most important part of digital advertising.

LED Screen Size Calculator

While LED screens are limitless when it comes to size and shape, the final pricing will still depend on the total number of modules used. Let’s take a 6×2 m LED billboard as an example.

If we are to use an LED module measuring 320 x 320 mm:

Length: 6m/0.32m = 18.75 or 19 modules

Height: 2m/0.32m = 6.25 or 7 modules

The actual length of the display is 19 x 0.32 = 6.08 m, and the actual width is 7 x 0.32 = 2.24 m.

Choosing the Best LED Display Size for Your Application

In choosing the best LED display size, there are several factors you need to evaluate:

Purpose of the Display

What is the purpose of your display? Is it to advertise products and services or to serve as a building’s design element? Additionally, what type of content is it going to display? The effectiveness of a digital campaign relies heavily on engagement. To encourage engagement, the campaign has to stand out whether by size or visual value.

Viewing Distance

The LED display’s viewing distance is crucial for its success as a medium. If your display is too small to be visible from 10 meters away, you are missing the chance of attracting passersby.

Viewing Angle

The display’s viewing angle is important for applications where viewers can be located on ‘“blindsides”. Your display has to maintain its quality regardless of where it is viewed.

Installation Location

The display’s installation location plays a crucial role in determining its size. Outdoor installations often need larger screen sizes for greater visibility. Meanwhile indoor installations have limited space, which requires smaller screen sizes.

Final Thoughts

Choosing the right LED screen size is not just about going big and getting attention. It requires careful consideration of factors that could ultimately decide the value of your display. So before you pick the biggest LED scream size you can afford, evaluate your specific needs and your display’s purpose. 

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