What are the advances in sunlight readable display technology
As technology continues to advance it becomes more and more dependent upon in certain industries. Industries that work with manufacturing warehouses, construction workers, armed forces and much more work all across the world in different temperatures and climates so technology has to adapt. Well indeed it has, we can work from just about anywhere on the planet.
We are all aware that if you cannot see the screen, a dynamic, digital advertising solution is both a waste of time and money, so the first thing any installer has to do is establish that the screen or display can be seen in bright sunlight. The solution is a sunlight readable display, but do you know the differences?
Standard flat panel versus a sunlight readable display
This is as the name suggests, a flat screen that had a special screen that used LEDs to backlight it and produce a bright, vivid screen, these vary from 1,000 to 10,000 nits, nits is the same as Candela per square Meter or (Cdm2), a standard TV for the home has a Cdm2 of up to 450, but it is widely thought that anything less than 1,000 Cdm2 would be useless as a display outdoors. As you can imagine, prices vary according to specification and the brighter the screen the more expensive they are. On the other hand, a sunlight readable LCD monitor is easily viewed in bright environments.
The power of curved sunlight bright displays for intense work environments
These screens are in the range of 7,000 CD/m2 (or 7,000 nits) making it a sunlight viewable monitor, with the added twist of being curved, so the add could be seen on all sides through 360 degrees. Each panel comes in 63″ diagonal screen size, with a pixel pitch of 20mm, in a one-meter area there are 2,500 pixels, this panel has an operating temperature of -30 to 50 Celsius and is IP65 rated. A lifespan of this panel is 100,000 hours and can be seen from a huge distance.
Since the boundaries of our careers are small, professions outdoors seem to be the most interesting. To accomplish the limited power sources for those of us who work outdoors, batteries are a wonderful thing. Now the only other obstacle is battling the sun in more ways than one.
Professions such as construction even then armed forces have to put up with the heat during select seasons of the year and if it’s not the heat they battle the glare from the sun. If anyone has tried to look at their phone or laptop while outdoors you would understand how hard it is to see any type of display without shading it. To solve this issue, manufacturers of display systems have found a way to make sunlight readable display monitors.
The capabilities of a sunlight readable LCD display
These monitors are also equipped to put up with many other natural enemies of Mother Nature.
- Sealed for liquid proof protection along from dust and other contaminants.
- Rugged metal frame to protect the contents inside from blunt contact.
- Vibrant display of LCD Resolution
- The protective glass that won’t crack when struck or dropped.
- Exterior connections are environmentally sealed from dust and dirt.
To perfect the sunlight readable display monitors some manufacturers have gone beyond just increasing the back light brightness. They went ahead and added a highly reflective back light that reflects ambient light back out of the monitor. This edition doesn’t require any additional power which means there is no need for additional cooling units.
Word of advice, make sure the manufacturer isn’t over driving the back lighting lamps as this will decrease the life span of the monitor from around 50,000 hours to 20,000 hours. Once it reaches this 20,000-hour mark the lighting will decrease by half and 1-5% every 1,000 hours after that.
What factors should you know about sunlight display technology before investing in it for your organization?
These sunlight readable monitor displays are available in any size and should come with a 50,000-hour warranty. When consulting with a display retailer make sure to ask questions like:
- Are you using value-added services for your back lighting?
- Are you over driving the back lighting by making the monitor sunlight readable?
- Will this display system last more than 50,000 hours?
- Is there any type of warranty with the display system?
Hopefully, this helps anyone who is interested in purchasing sunlight readable monitors. Just remember they are not all created equally, so make sure you are getting the most for your money before you purchase these display systems.