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Our 60-second, 3-Step Guide to Display Success

Our 60-second, 3-Step Guide to Display Success

Are you 100% certain that your display choice is the best one for you and your clients?

There are many complex factors involved in choosing the right display, including size, type, contrast, brightness and content. At Visual Displays we do the work for you, using our unparalleled expertise, tools and calculators to specify displays  that offer the best user experiences. 


For a quick and easy way to choose the right display with confidence, we have created this simple 3-step guide.


Step 1

Q. What size should my screen be?

A. Getting the right screen size is essential. A screen that is too small for user requirements will not be viewable from everywhere in the room, giving a sub-standard result. This leads to a poor viewing experience (distraction, eye strain etc) and makes social distancing difficult. Make sure your screen is big enough. Find the right screen size using this simple 6:1 rule.

The 6:1 rule

The screen height must measure at least ⅙ of the distance of the farthest viewer.

Use this table for quick reference.

Farthest viewer
from screen
(m)
Minimum screen
height (m)
Screen size
("/diagonal)
4 0.8 65
5 0.95 75
6 1.1 86
7 1.25 100
8 1.4 110
9 1.5 120
10 1.7 135
11 1.85 150
12 2 160
13 2.25 180
14 2.4 190
15 2.5 200

Step 2

Q. What type of display do I need?

A. Choose the type of display, based on the required screen size. Use our simple Displays Continuum to help you select the right type of display.

Farthest viewer from screen (m) Screen
Size ("/diagonal)
Screen
Height
(m)
Screen
Width
(m)
Ambient
light
levels
Display type
1.5m - 6m 40" - 90" 0.5m - 1.1m 0.9 - 2m Up to brightly lit spaces Flat Panel Display (FPD) or Large Format Display (LFD), mostly LCD panels backlit with LEDs
6m - any size 90" - any size 1.1m - any size 2m - any size Up to brightly lit spaces ALR Laser Projection (laser projector with ambient light rejecting screen)
Not applicable 110” - any size 1.4m - any size 2.4m - any size Up to brightly lit spaces

Videowall (Digital Signage only. Large screen display made from smaller individual LCD panels with LED backlighting)

15m - any size 200" - any size 2.5m - any size 4.4m - any size Daylight dvLED (direct view LED)

Step 3

Choose your display

Farthest viewer from screen (m) Screen
Size ("/diagonal)
Screen
Height
(m)
Screen
Width
(m)
Ambient
light
levels
Display type
1.5m - 6m 40" - 90" 0.5m - 1.1m 0.9 - 2m Up to brightly lit spaces Flat Panel Display (FPD) or Large Format Display (LFD), mostly LCD panels backlit with LEDs
  • For single image use in smaller spaces

  • For multi-screen installations in public and high traffic areas

  • Easy to install and cost-effective up to 90”

NEC Large Format Display

Critical specification and purchasing requirements:

  1. Use professional grade displays to avoid reliability, monitoring, and controlling issues

  2. Use displays with anti-reflective screens to avoid ‘cheap seats’ where reflections from lights or windows create ‘veiling glare’ for some viewers - and try before you buy

  3. Cost-effective only up to 90”, from 90”-98” (max. available size) choose ALR Laser Projection for best benefit-cost ratio 

  4. These are commodity items. Procure from any mainstream AV/IT distributor which can genuinely provide product as per the two points above - and offers good demo and support facilities.

Find out more here.


ALR Laser Projection

Farthest viewer from screen (m) Screen
Size ("/diagonal)
Screen
Height
(m)
Screen
Width
(m)
Ambient
light
levels
Display type
6m - any size 90" - any size 1.1m - any size 2m - any size Up to brightly lit spaces ALR Laser Projection (laser projector with ambient light rejecting screen)
  • Professional ambient light rejecting (ALR) screens maximise the power and contrast of the projector giving flawless images even in brightly lit spaces

  • Unbeatable value - less than half the cost of  FPD/LFD

  • Can be scaled to exact size needed, up to any size

  • Exact resolution is maintained at any size

  • Matt surface of ALR screens mean no reflected glare

  • For detailed, comfortable and extended viewing of content / presentations - no eyestrain

Critical specification and purchasing requirements:

The Complete Package

Our Complete Laser Display range makes it easy to choose the right ALR laser projection solution, from 100” up to any size. Complete Laser Display packages are sold as single SKUs (order codes) and can be specified and purchased as easily as any standard FPD/LFD.

  • All-in-one displays including Epson high-brightness, 3LCD laser projector, Epson projector mount, dnp Supernova ALR screen and extended Epson 5 year warranty - including optional  free installation CAD drawings; optional site surveys; optional installation.

  • Flawless, high-contrast images even in brightly lit conditions 

  • Available in exactly the right size for your space and viewing angles 

  • Seamless images

  • Completely non-reflective - no ‘cheap seats’ created by reflections from lighting and daylight

  • Easy to use and maintenance free

Unbeatable value for money.

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Choose from our Complete Laser Display range - or we’ll help you create your own, using our dnp Supernova true ALR screens with your preferred projectors.


Videowalls

Farthest viewer from screen (m) Screen
Size ("/diagonal)
Screen
Height
(m)
Screen
Width
(m)
Ambient
light
levels
Display type
Not applicable 110” - any size 1.4m - any size 2.4m - any size Up to brightly lit spaces

Videowall (Digital Signage only. Large screen display made from smaller individual LCD panels with LED backlighting)

  • Large screen displays made by ‘tiling’ smaller displays, such as a 110” display made from four 55” panels, arranged two high and two wide (this example known as 2 x 2 array)
  • Bright displays with wide range of luminances available (350-3000cd/m2)
  • Not seamless - there is always a small gap between the panels, typically 1-2mm
  • Used only for signage applications - not suitable for meeting rooms, teaching, business presentations as users find the gaps/mullions between the individual display panels to be too distracting
  • Lower capital costs than dvLED, but needs regular maintenance (calibration), so running costs must be factored

Direct View LED (dvLED)

Farthest viewer from screen (m) Screen
Size ("/diagonal)
Screen
Height
(m)
Screen
Width
(m)
Ambient
light
levels
Display type
15m - any size 200" - any size 2.5m - any size 4.4m - any size Daylight dvLED (direct view LED)
  • Huge, super-bright screens, ideal for advertising and signage

  • High-impact viewing for medium to long distances

  • Use where viewers can look away to avoid eyestrain from continuous viewing

  • Avoid dvLED for serious content or presentations where resolution needs maintaining or under normal room lighting levels as their brightness can create eyestrain, choose ALR laser projection instead

Critical specification and purchasing issues:

These are expensive systems of widely varying quality. Let us guide you through the complexities of resolution, brightness and LED ‘binning’ selection.



For further information on any of these steps, and useful calculation tools to help inform your decision, see our additional resources below:

Step 1

Calculate the image size required

Ensure that all viewers can read screen content

Step 2

What is the best solution for your space?

Projection is a very cost-effective alternative to LED displays in many environments.


Step 3

High performance, next generation laser projection displays from 100” up to infinite size.

Which dnp ALR screen is right for your space?

For a more in-depth guide…