Digital Signage, Commercial and Consumer Grade Screens – the Difference

Digital signage displays are becoming a common sight around the shopping malls and transport hubs of our cities, and with outdoor digital signage expanding too, seeing screens out of the home is now a common occurrence.

However, the TV screens used in these out of home locations are not the same to the standard consumer grade screens we all use at home, there are some subtle differences.

The screens used in most digital signage displays tend to be commercial grade. Commercial grade screens are very similar in appearance and use to consumer grade devices but are designed to be more rugged, with higher temperature ranges that allow the TV to be left on for prolonged periods, or even constantly.

They are a little bit more expensive, but as commercial grade screens last longer, especially if they are to be left on twenty-four hours, which makes them a better investment for digital out of home advertising (Dooh).

Commercial grade screens, while better for digital signage applications are not designed for outdoor or hostile use, however, and if they are to be placed in locations of wavering temperature, exposed to impacts or for outdoor digital signage, they need to be protected.

Fortunately, commercial grade screens are identical in design to consumer grade, relying on industry standard VESA mounting systems which make them able to be secured to almost any mount or device. LCD enclosures are also VESA compatible so can house any commercial grade or consumer grade device.

LCD enclosures allow commercial grade screens to be used in almost any location by providing a comprehensive form of protection. They can even provide consumer grade screens with an operation environment that will allow their prolonged use, so even consumer grade screens can be used for outdoor digital signage.

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