LCD Digital Signage

Not All LCD Displays Are Created Equal; The Difference Between Commercial and Residential LCD Screens.

LCD display also known as (liquid crystal display) is the most popular display screen used in both homes and businesses. In fact, LCD is so common, it can be found all around us. For example, laptops, computers, watches, microwaves, and other appliances usually contain LCD’s. They are common because they have an advantage over other display technologies; they are much thinner, lighter, and draw much less power than other displays. However, not all LCD displays are made the same in terms of life expectancy. Using an LCD display screen to watch a soccer game at home is way different than using an LCD Screen for digital signage. So what is the difference between the two?

The Difference between Commercial and Residential LCD Screens:

Manufacturers that build LCD display screens build two types:  residential and commercial. Although both residential and commercial are used as display screens, they each serve a different consumer depending on the environment he/she intends to use it. Residential LCD screens are built to be placed at home with an expected average daily run time of 8-10 hours. Commercial displays, on the other hand, are built for commercial use with an expected average daily run time of 15-18 hours per day, with some being able to run a full 24 hours, non-stop. So in short, the main difference between residential and commercial grade LCD screens is life expectancy. And given that digital display signage is intended for commercial use, it is definitely a better idea to go with commercial grade rather residential.

Commercial grade LCD and digital signage:

Commercial grade LCD display screens are not only intended to run for longer hours as opposed to residential screen displays, but they also offer other numerous advantages. Commercial LCD displays are designed specifically for commercial use and therefore, they usually contain most of the necessary ports to control, command, and operate digital signage systems. Another very important advantage that is offered by commercial grade LCD screens is that they come with cooling fans, heat dissipation plates, dust inflow filters and most importantly, the necessary electronics and control pads to adjust settings such as screen brightness and other options. Commercial LCD displays also come with strengthened housing designed specifically for commercial use.  And the best part is, most commercial LCD displays settings are controlled remotely, further enabling the handler to have better control over the content and settings of the screen.

Is it wise to purchase residential grade over commercial grade for digital signage?

NO.  First of all, if you intend on using the LCD display screen for digital signage, then you definitely need commercial grade. And given that residential grade has a shorter life expectancy than commercial grade LCD displays, you will end up paying much more in the long run by purchasing a residential LCD display screen. For digital signage, commercial grade is definitely the way to go.