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Opinion: Shedding light

There are a number of considerations that are key to ensuring successful LED display mounting, writes Keith Dutch, managing director – EMEA at Peerless-AV

The display mounting market has advanced considerably over the past five years. This continuous development is obviously driven by the evolution of displays, and there is no better example than the emergence of Direct View LED (DvLED).

Three years ago, DvLED was still in its infancy as a new technology and now we are seeing LED walls in all manner of creative size and configuration possibilities from fixed to wall and pop-out, ceiling suspended, recessed, moveable, and even concave and convex. As the industry swells with excitement over the latest and greatest LED projects around the globe, it’s important to shed some light on the key considerations for ensuring a safe, secure and successful install.

A significant consideration for many installers is understanding the different cabinet configurations of the different LED brands and the fixing positions they use for locking the cabinets together. When purchasing a mount for LED videowalls, advice varies depending on the use case and understanding the final application.

It’s important to have a thorough understanding of the environment and the desired viewing locations and make sure the ceiling or wall structure is strong enough to support the intended load. Confirm the compatibility of the mount with the LED model you are using, and for an efficient installation pay attention to features such as spacer templates to assist with quick and accurate positioning of mounting adaptors. Adjustability is essential to be able to fine tune the cabinet position to easily overcome issues such as imperfect walls and work in harmony with complex spaces to deliver a truly seamless appearance.

“What makes the real difference is the level of design consultancy and site support delivered”

For peace of mind it is recommended to use mounts that have been tested and qualified to UL safety standards. It’s also crucial to consider the overall installation in terms of where power and data cables are coming from. For DvLED mounts, refer to mount manufacturer online LED videowall configurators, which allow installers to explore universal, dedicated and custom DvLED mounting solutions. Via these configurators they can easily design their required configuration factoring in critical information such as mount weight, power consumption and display resolution, and request a quote within minutes, to speed up development time and delivery.

Trust issues
But perhaps the most important element to an LED install is knowing who to trust for bespoke design consultancy, project handling and installation to avoid any potential install failures and public safety risks.

Agua Caliente, a luxury casino, resort, and spa in California, recently installed a 112sqm curved LED wall in its new sports bar to stream sports games and horse racing live to punters. A difficult structural design with recessed displays, mixed curves, angles and shapes, this was a challenging installation. Since the wall curvature was not true to the drawing, a custom top and bottom shelf was designed and integrated within the mounting solution to provide a level surface and hold the true shape of the wall. Flexible adjustment on the mount’s X, Y, and Z axis helped to overcome any further wall defects, align pixels and smooth out any irregularities.

Custom DvLED projects like this are on the increase as end customers aim to push boundaries and create unique experiences. For such complex projects, what makes the real difference is the level of design consultancy and site support delivered part and parcel with the mounting solution. In a developing and rapidly growing market with so many players and no standard solution, this is the only way to ensure effective and successful support for your LED investment.