I remember the first LED screen I ever saw was at a Paul McCartney concert at Boston Garden in 2005. I remember it being really bright, and it looked amazing. At the time, I had no idea why it looked so much better than regular projection screens, but now I know it was because it was an LED screen.
The popularity of LED screens in worship centers has greatly increased over the last few years.
At the time, that screen probably would have cost a million dollars, but now it could possibly be purchased for somewhere between $50,000 and $75,000. (That cost comparison might be a little exaggerated, but prices have dropped greatly over the past decade or so.)
The popularity of LED screens in worship centers has greatly increased over the last few years. When seeing that screen, I never would have imagined something like that ever being available for a church. While the expense of an LED screen can be cost prohibitive for some churches, many churches are adding them to their worship centers, thanks in large part because of their drop in price over the years.
LED screens can be used for enhancing a worship experience by adding motion video as a background, displaying video content (such as song lyrics, video announcements or sermon intro video), or for playing a live or prerecorded message in the situation of a remote campus.
One of the benefits of having an LED screen is that you do not have to worry about replacing lamps on a projector. While lamps on a projector can last for a few years, if a projector is only used a few hours each week, LED screens can last exponentially longer. Although this requires more upfront cost, it does cut down on maintenance in the future.
When purchasing an LED screen, you must consider the distance the viewer will be from the screen. The further away the viewer is the higher pitch the screen can have, which helps lower the cost of the screen. Pitch is the distance between each pixel. The lower the pitch, the closer together the pixels are, which results in higher resolution. However, the price does increase the lower the pixel pitch.
LED screens can also be configured in various ways, based on the number of LED panels you have. Typically LED panels come in one-foot squares. You can add additional panels to your screen to increase the size, or you can vary placement of the panels to provide interesting views, such as staggering heights of the panels to provide a unique background display.
Such screens have become more affordable in recent years; however, they are still very expensive for some churches. Hopefully, the price will continue to drop and more churches will have the ability to access this technology.
LED screens are not the next big thing, they are the big thing. If your budget allows for it then an LED screen could be a great addition to your worship center, however, there is always hope that the cost will continue to drop, and they will be accessible to more churches in the future.