Modular vs Mobile LED screens – What’s the difference?

Each year our ADI’s LIVE Division provides literally thousands of giant LED screens to events across the globe.  Like the events we work with, our screens come in all shapes and sizes ranging from small bits of signage to vast walls covering hundreds of square metres.

ADI are well known for operating the world’s largest fleet of mobile LED screens – we’ve got over 50 of them – but we also offer modular LED screens, with thousands of square metres of high resolution LED panels in stock.  This article discusses what the main difference is between them and some of the scenarios they might be best suited for. 

Hopefully this guide should help you decide the best type of screen for your event – but you can always get in touch with one of our experts who will be able to advise of the best solution for your needs!

Modular LED screens:

Modular LED screens are made up of individual panels that can be attached together to form a larger screen. These panels are typically square or rectangular in shape and come in various sizes, allowing for flexibility in creating different screen dimensions. The panels are connected through a locking mechanism, making it easy to assemble and disassemble the screen as needed.

Modular screens need to be attached to some sort of structure and there’s typically a couple of ways of achieving this:

  • “Flown” screens are typically hung from a structure using winches – these are the types of solution you might see flanking the stage at a concert
  • Custom structure – this could be created out of scaffold or wood and the complexity of the structure will depend on the size and location of the screen to be built

Modular screens can be built in literally any shape and size, making them ideal for non-standard sizes (like superwide or in a portrait format) and also for digital signage such as digital ribbons or perimeter.

Modular LED screen panels come in all types of resolution (or pixel pitch – the space between each pixel) so they are often suited for close range viewing.  As with all LED screens, they come as either Outdoor or Indoor LED screens – typically the indoor ones are higher resolution, but they aren’t weatherproof.

Typical uses
  • Concerts and festivals
  • Stage backdrops
  • Unusually shaped LED screens
  • Digital signage
  • Creative Structures
  • High resolution indoor LED screens
Other typical names
  • Videowalls
  • Flown screens
  • Digital signage
  • Big screens

Mobile LED Screens:

Mobile LED screens are self-contained units that come with everything needed to display content. They are mounted on a trailer or truck and can be easily transported from one location to another. This makes them perfect for events and outdoor gatherings where a temporary screen is required.

Mobile LED screens offer quick setup and easy operation, and most come with their own generator making them self-sufficient and making them ideal for situations where time is of the essence and for shorter events. With a single driver/operator who can setup (and derig) the screen in under an hour, they are purpose-built to be moved from place to place. If you’re planning on a screen being in location for a number of weeks, then it’s often more cost effective to consider a modular LED screen instead.
ADI’s iCONIC fleet offers over 50 different screens covering sizes from 12 to 120m2
Mobile LED screens come in all range of sizes – our iCONIC fleet of 50+ screens start at 12m2 and go to a whopping 120m2. This makes them suited for all sizes of events and budgets. They are typically 16:9 ratio so are ideal for displaying TV and camera feeds “Image Magnification” (or IMAG if you want to use the industry lingo!). They are often also a key safety feature for larger events, being a very visible way to manage large crowds effectively.

When compared to modular LED screens, mobile screens aren’t as good for bespoke, creative usage and they also don’t tend to be available in as high resolution as modular LED screens as they are always for outdoor use and tend to be for viewing distances of tens or hundreds of metres.

However, if you need cost-effective big screens to entertain crowds at your event, then mobile LED screens are generally a great answer!
typical usage
  • Sporting and municipal events with large crowds
  • Displaying a camera or broadcast feed
  • Short term events with quick load in times
  • Crowd management and safety
  • Multiple screens across an event
other typical names
  • Big screen trucks 
  • Trailer screens
  • Mobile big screens

Which one is right for you?

When deciding between modular and mobile LED screens, it ultimately depends on your specific needs. If you require a high-resolution screen with customizable options for long-term use, then a modular LED screen would be more suitable. However, if you need a portable and quick solution for temporary events or gatherings, then a mobile LED screen would be the better choice. It’s important to consider factors such as budget, intended use, and frequency of use before deciding. Some businesses may even benefit from having both types of screens for different purposes.

However, you don’t need to make that decision alone!  We’ve been hiring LED screens to the world’s biggest events for over 25 years now, so the best thing you can do is give us a call and one of our specialists can discuss your requirements and provide a solution that suits your individual needs. 

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