Indoor LED Displays vs Outdoor LED Displays: What are the Differences

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May 08, 2024
LED displays are divided into indoor LED displays, semi-outdoor LED displays, and outdoor LED displays according to the use environment.

The area of indoor screens generally ranges from less than 1 square meter to over 10 square meters, with high dot density. When used in non-direct sunlight or lighting environments, the visible distance is several meters away. The screen body does not have the ability to seal and waterproof.

The semi outdoor screen is located between outdoor and indoor areas, with high brightness and can be used outdoors without direct sunlight. The screen has a certain degree of sealing and is generally placed under the eaves or inside the windows.

The area of outdoor screens generally ranges from a few square meters to tens or even hundreds of square meters, with a relatively sparse point density (mostly 1000-10000 points per square meter), and a luminous brightness of 3500-10000cd/square meter (different directions, different brightness requirements). They can be used under direct sunlight conditions, with a visible distance of tens of meters. The screen body has good wind, rain, and lightning resistance capabilities.

What is an Indoor LED Display

Indoor LED display screens are currently one of the popular promotional methods in enterprises, as well as a supplement and upgrade to traditional promotional methods. They directly display the company’s promotional content in a prominent position indoors, making the company’s promotional information more intuitive and effective.

what is indoor led display

  • High contrast: Indoor full-color LED display screens have high contrast, which can display more vivid and realistic images and videos.

  • Large viewing angle: The indoor full-color LED display screen has a very large viewing angle, which can be viewed from different angles without distortion or color changes.

  • Low energy consumption: Indoor full-color LED displays have very low energy consumption, which can save a lot of energy compared to other displays.

  • High resolution: Indoor display screens generally have a point spacing between P1-P2.5, making it easy to achieve 4K and 8K high resolution.

What is Outdoor LED Display

Outdoor display screen is an outdoor advertising display device with audio and video functions.

Outdoor display screen

Outdoor display screen is an outdoor advertising display device with audio and video functions.

  • High brightness: Nowadays, standard outdoor display screens generally have a brightness of over 5500Hz, but according to customer requirements, the brightness can reach over 10000cd. This way, even under strong light, we can still see clearly.

  • High protection level: As an outdoor LED display screen, it naturally cannot be without wind, rain, sun, and rain, which is a severe test of the waterproof function of outdoor screens. Not only should it have good waterproof performance and strong UV resistance, but the protection level should also be above IP65.

Indoor LED Displays vs Outdoor LED Displays: Key Differences

Feature Indoor LED Displays Outdoor LED Displays
Visibility vertical (160 degrees) vertical (160/140 degrees)
Brightness ≤800nits ≥5000nits
Durability fire-resistant, moisture-proof, explosion-proof waterproof, shockproof, and dustproof, IP65
Weather Resistance No Yes
Power dissipation 300-350w 800-900w
Range of visibility Close Far

Visibility: SMD technology is generally used indoors, with a larger viewing angle of horizontal and vertical (160 degrees), while lamp technology is used for the outdoor part, with a smaller viewing angle of horizontal and vertical (160/140 degrees). Overall, the viewing angle of indoor displays is larger than that of outdoor displays.

Brightness: Indoor screens have lower brightness (less than or equal to 800nits), while outdoor screens have higher brightness (greater than or equal to 5000nits).

Protective performance: The indoor environment is relatively good, and there is no need for waterproofing. The outdoor environment is harsh, and in order to be waterproof, shockproof, and dustproof, the box needs to achieve IP65, and the module needs to be glued.

Power consumption: Indoor power is relatively low, with an average of 300-350w per square meter and 110w per square meter, while outdoor power is relatively high, with an average of 800-900w per square meter and 300w per square meter.

Sight distance: Generally, the outdoor viewing distance is relatively far, while the indoor distance is relatively close.

Durability: Outdoor displays are more durable than indoor displays because they require operation in various adverse weather conditions. Therefore, when designing and manufacturing outdoor display screens, it is necessary to use more durable materials, such as fire-resistant, moisture-proof, explosion-proof, etc., to ensure their performance and lifespan. There are significant differences between indoor and outdoor display screens in terms of usage environment, brightness, protection, and durability. When making a purchase, one should consider their own needs and actual situation comprehensively, and choose a product that suits their needs.

Choosing the Right LED Video Wall for Your Needs

Firstly, it should be clarified whether to use indoor LED or outdoor display screens. Indoor LED screens are not waterproof, while outdoor large screens have more stringent requirements for waterproofing and dust prevention.

Secondly, what is the approximate size of the display screen, which means what is the length and height of the electronic screen.

Thirdly, it is necessary to measure the viewing distance again, which is approximately the closest and farthest viewing distance from the display screen.


Quality and price are inseparable topics in products. Many customers are very sensitive to prices in the early stages of purchasing and always like to compare them with the lowest market price. In fact, this is meaningless.

For electronic products like LED screens, stable quality, durability, and good display effect are the measurement standards.When purchasing display screens, it is best to have a detailed understanding of the manufacturer’s LED product performance, production scale, and price as the final consideration factors.
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