Originally Published 11/7/2020 6:26 PM EST
By Ken MacMaster
Buying Panels Do's and Don'ts
Panels are a very cool item to add to a display. They allow for much higher resolution graphics than our standard pixel matrix, and they definitely have a WOW factor. When buying panels, there are a few key things to keep in mind.
- Plan Ahead: A panel matrix can get expensive quick. In addition to the panels themselves, you need supporting hardware to power and control the matrix. You also need mounting equipment and infrastructure to assist in completing your panel build. Panels are made in batches and thus should not be be mixed and matched between batches. Before making the plunge into buying a panel matrix, make sure you know what size you want, and calculate all of the extras to ensure you stay in budget.
- Buy Extra: When panels are made, they are produced in batches. Those batches of panels are color corrected so that each panel color matches all the others in that batch. If you've ever been to a stadium and noticed one really strange looking square on a larger panel, most likely, you are seeing a replacement panel from a different batch. Can't we compensate for that? Yes, absolutely, if you know what you are doing. However, the software is complicated, and the results are not always perfect. It's always better to account for around 10% more panels than you need when creating your build budget. This will ensure that if something gets damaged, the replacement will match in color.