So, you’ve decided to start looking for a Church Video Wall. Where do you start?
A good starting point is the purpose. What is the purpose of an LED Video Wall? Is it because you are trying to keep up with the megachurch down the street? Hopefully not. You are probably looking for an LED Video Wall because you’ve seen one in action and realize the many benefits it can bring to your service.
Church AV is all about directing focus and helping communication. Pastors can utilize an LED Video Wall to display relevant Bible verses, key points, and illustrations in real-time. This dynamic presentation style helps congregants stay engaged and focused on the message by providing a powerful visual aid for understanding complex topics. Video Walls are a great way to display lyrics so the congregation can worship, while also adding a vibrant backdrop through dynamic visuals, such as nature scenes, scripture verses, or abstract designs.
Things To Consider.
Assess Your Space
Before buying an LED video wall, assess the available space in your church. Consider the dimensions of the wall or installation area. The size of your space directly affects the LED video wall size you can choose. Also, consider the viewing distance, as it affects the pixel pitch requirements.
Choose Your Pixel Pitch
Pixel pitch measures the distance between individual LED pixels. A smaller pixel pitch provides higher resolution and better image quality, but it also comes at a higher cost. Our recommended pixel pitches are 2.9mm and 3.9mm.
If you view a 3.9mm panel wall from 5 or 10 feet away, it may appear pixelated. However, if you step back to 30-40 feet, the pixels become indiscernible. Lower pixel pitches are only necessary when the audience is close, but at that point, they are too close to the screen anyway, like sitting in the front row of a movie theater. Most church venues have audiences at least 20 feet away, where 2.9mm walls provide an excellent display.
To determine the ideal distance from your panels, aim for 5ft per 1mm. So, for a 3.9mm panel, aim for an audience distance of 20-30 feet, and for a 2.9mm panel, 15-20 feet. Keep in mind that it’s subjective, and our AV techs can provide personalized advice for your situation.
Determine Your Budget
Once you have an idea of your desired size and pixel pitch, you can start calculating your budget. We offer a free online panel calculator that allows you to enter your desired dimensions and calculate how many panels you would need. Video wall prices vary greatly from manufacturer to manufacturer, which can make your initial budgeting challenging. However, we provide online price listings, so you can get a general idea of what a wall will cost you. You can also consider whether leasing or financing your video wall is the right decision for you.
Installation and Maintenance
Installation and maintenance are just as crucial as pricing when evaluating your options. The last thing you want is to complicate your Sundays or end up with a costly video wall plagued by unresponsive panels. A high price tag doesn’t guarantee maintenance-free performance, as we’ve all witnessed expensive LED video walls on digital billboards or in airports with broken panels. Therefore, it’s imperative to choose a video wall that’s easy to maintain and ensure you have the necessary training for upkeep.
The same principle applies to installation, and we strongly recommend avoiding a DIY approach. When dealing with a significant investment like this, it’s prudent to enlist the services of a seasoned integrator who can ensure a smooth setup and troubleshoot any potential issues that may arise.
To paraphrase the Apostle Paul in Romans 9: “I speak the truth; I am not lying, and my conscience confirms it,” regarding the warning I’m about to give. This comes from someone who cares deeply for the church, not merely as someone trying to sell you a video wall. Be cautious about purchasing directly from a factory in China or from a newly established video wall company. When you buy directly, you may lack leverage, and you’ll be on your own if any damage occurs during shipping. The same caution applies to new video wall companies. While their online marketing may be impressive and their intentions good, they do not have the track record to assure long-term support for you and your video wall.
You may want to expand your video wall in the future, and while it can be done, we usually advise churches to purchase the size of the video wall they actually want instead of expanding over time.
Batch Matching LEDs
This is because, during the manufacturing process, batches of LEDs will have slight color variations from other batches. A video wall features LEDs from the same batch, ensuring color consistency. However, when new panels are added later on, they might display noticeable color differences. This holds true for every video wall, regardless of the manufacturer, even if they source LEDs from the same supplier. While we excel in settings-wise workarounds that can achieve similar colors, it is never the optimal solution. It is best to start with the video wall size you want.
The Springtree Difference
When you purchase a Springtree Video Wall, we give you spare modules for future maintenance, with LEDs from the same batch for ideal color matching.
LED video walls are a significant investment, so it is essential to make the right choice from the start and choose an integrator you can trust. We hope this guide has been helpful to you and that you can find the perfect video wall for your ministries.
Thanks for reading!