LED Display Types: How to Choose the Perfect Screen?

When it comes to LED displays, we are all familiar with them. How many LED display types do you know? How to choose the most suitable screen for your project?

The display has been all over the streets, whether it is advertising or notice messages. When using LED displays, you must understand which LED display type is more suitable for your needs.

This article is for clarifying the types of LED screens. Understanding the types of displays that are common in everyday life can help you choose the most suitable screen. Let us have a look.

Ⅰ. What Can LED Display Screens Bring?

From the large outdoor LED advertising screen to the intoxicating stage LED display, our life has long been inseparable from the LED screen.

As a new type of display device, LED screens facilitate our life with their smooth screen display, flexible size, and delicate color.

It can display various information such as text, images, video, and signals. Its functions include information release, entertainment, advertising, and so on.

Features such as high brightness, low power consumption, easy installation, and long life allow LED displays to occupy a place in the display field. Next, I will introduce some details about LED display types and types of LED display panels.

Ⅱ. Types of LED Display Technologies

According to different LED packaging processes, LED module panels are divided into different types.

DIP LED module display has high brightness and large pixel pitch. P16mm, P20mm DIP LED module is more common.

SMD LED panel is currently the most widely used product on the market. Good stability and excellent visual effects have allowed it to gain more than 80% of the market share.

GOB LED module has been improved based on SMD. The surface glue filling technology makes it have good waterproof, scratch-proof, and dust-proof properties.

COB (Chip on board): The COB LED module directly packages the light-emitting chip on the PCB board to realize the real complete sealing of the module.

The device is not exposed, and the screen is smooth and hard. The COB LED display has a smaller pitch, a clearer picture, and more abundant and more delicate colors.

IMD (Integrated Matrix Devices): IMD combines the advantages of SMD and COB. There are four basic pixel structures in one package structure. In essence, it is still four “lamp beads” composed of 12 RGB-LED chips.

Mini LED uses 100~200 micron LED crystals. Mini LED can produce P0.5-P1.2 mm fine pixel pitch LED screens, and the display effect is much better than that of traditional LED screens.

Micro LED thins, miniaturizes, and arrays LED backlights, allowing LED units to be smaller than 100 microns. Its applications include smart watches, smartphones, tablets, automotive instrumentation and central control, and TVs.

Ⅲ. Types of LED Screens

As a popular medium for information display and advertising, LED display screens have various applications. With the progress of LED technology and the update of LED products, LED display types are also more abundant.

According to different distinguishing standards, there are various types of LED displays.

1. Rental LED display/Fixed LED Display

(1) Rental LED display

A rental LED screen is a display that can be repeatedly disassembled and installed. The LED screen cabinet is thin and light, saving space, and can be put together in any direction and size to present various visual effects needed.

High-quality Rental LED display selects SMD surface mount three-in-one packaging technology, which can achieve 160° ultra-wide angle. And it can meet the viewing needs of different directions.

They are suitable for various indoor and outdoor stages and events. Such as concerts, weddings, music festivals, cultural evenings, etc.

(2) Fixed LED Display

A fixed installation screen cannot be easily moved once installed. The box adopts a simple or standard waterproof cabinet, which mainly plays the role of fixing and waterproofing. The structure is relatively heavy.

For example, the column-type LED billboards next to the highway, and the advertising LED screens on the exterior walls of buildings. According to the installation environment on site, fixed LED displays have various installations, such as wall-mounted, column-mounted, etc.

Fixed LED displays are used for TV video programs, VCDs or DVDs, and live feeds, advertising, etc.

2. Fine Pixel LED Display

Fine pixel LED display is a kind of display with a small lamp bead pitch and high pixel density. High-pixel density displays are generally available on the market.

LED displays below P2.5 are called fine-pixel LED displays. With a choice of high-performance driver ICs, low gray, and high refresh rates, it can be seamlessly stitched together horizontally and vertically.

Small-pitch LED screen is widely used in indoor applications. Such as airports, schools, transportation, gaming, conference rooms, etc.

small pixel led screen in control room

3. Indoor/Outdoor LED Screen

(1) Indoor LED Display

Indoor LED displays are mainly used for indoor use and are generally not waterproof, with outstanding display effects and a variety of forms that attract the eye.

Indoor LED displays are used in hotel lobbies, superstores, KTV, commercial centers, hospitals, etc.

(2) Outdoor LED Display

The outdoor LED display is a device for outdoor display advertising media. Multi-level grey-scale correction technology improves color softness and automatically adjusts brightness with natural transitions.

The screen is available in a variety of shapes and can be coordinated with various architectural environments.

Outdoor LED displays can set the festive mood. Promote the company’s product advertising, information transmission, etc., commonly used in construction, advertising industry, companies, parks, etc.

4. Single/Double Color LED Display & Full-color LED Display

(1) Single/Double Color LED Display

Single Color LED displays are commonly available in red, blue, white, green and purple, etc. The content of the display is usually relatively simple text or patterns.

LED dual-color displays are colorful and common combinations are yellow-green or green-red or red-yellow-blue, with bright eye-catching colors and a more eye-catching display.

Single/double color LED display mainly for information dissemination and transmission in passenger stations, traffic junctions, etc.

(2) Full-color LED Display

The full-color LED display is a display that can show a variety of colors in a comprehensive range of colors, hence the name full-color display.

Each luminous point contains various base colors of grey, which can form 1677216 kinds of colors, the picture is gorgeous and natural.

It is also designed with a professional mask, which is waterproof and dustproof and has a long service life.

They are suitable for office buildings, high-speed railway stations, commercial advertising, the release of information, exhibition centers, etc.

5. Synchronized/Unsynchronized LED Display

This classification is based on how the display is controlled.

Synchronous control is mostly used in indoor or outdoor full-color large-screen displays.

As long as it is controlled by a computer, the LED display can display video, graphics, and other content in real-time.

In the asynchronous working mode, first, import the edited content to the display screen through the USB. Then the screen can display the content.

An unsynchronized LED screen mainly displays various texts, symbols, and graphics or animations. Its biggest feature is that it can control the content of the display screen in different regions.

6. LED Transparent Screen

A transparent LED screen is also known as a grille screen. LED display shows transparent and permeable.

LED transparent screen with high transparency, low resolution, and low energy consumption. It can ensure dynamic pictures with rich colors and also show clear and realistic details to systematize the playing content.

LED transparent screens are suitable for advertising media, large shopping malls, corporate exhibition halls, exhibitions, etc.

7. Creative LED Display

The creative LED display is a special-shaped display with creativity as the core.

With strange shapes, strong rendering, and a strong sense of artistic design, it can produce a shocking visual impact and artistic beauty.

For example, LED cylindrical screens, spherical LED displays, tesseract LED displays, LED wave screens, floating belt screens, canopy screens, etc.

The flexible LED display has super flexibility and can easily get various strange shapes. Outdoor P4mm flexible LED module allows your creativity to shine outdoors.

8. Sports Perimeter LED Display

Sports Perimeter LED displays are characterized by high brightness, ensuring clear visibility even in strong light conditions, and a high refresh rate of 3840Hz, providing smooth, flicker-free images.

Weather-resistant designs, being waterproof and dustproof, make them suitable for various weather conditions. These displays offer a wide viewing angle, ensuring that content is visible clearly from different angles.

Modular design allows for easy installation and maintenance. These features make them ideal for sports venues, where they are used to display real-time scores, advertisements, and event information.

They enhance the live experience for spectators and serve as effective platforms for brand promotion by displaying sponsor ads and brand messages.

Robust performance and versatility make them indispensable in modern sports arenas.

Ⅳ. Types of LED Display Panels

1. Plastic Module/Aluminum Chassis LED Panel

LED modules

(1) Plastic LED module

Common LED module kit materials are plastic. Its fire performance is not as good as aluminum LED modules.

(2) Aluminum LED Module

The aluminum module adopts a locking edge design without screws. A fully sealed design protects its internal components.

Aluminum material, high-temperature resistance, fast heat dissipation. The module can reach a 5VB fire rating.

The waterproof connector between the modules greatly improves the waterproof ability of the LED screen.

2. Flexible LED Module Panel

Compared with traditional LED modules, flexible LED modules have higher flexibility and plasticity, and can adapt to the needs of various complex scenes.

However, the production process of flexible LED modules is relatively complicated and the cost is relatively high.

The flexible LED module is a kind of LED module that can be bent and folded, which is suitable for scenes that require special shapes and curved surface display.

The flexible LED module can be bent and folded freely according to needs, which can realize more flexible and diverse display effects.

creative LED display

3. Indoor LED Module Panel


Retail and Shopping Malls: Used for advertising, promotions, and engaging customers with vibrant displays.

Corporate Offices and Conference Rooms: Ideal for presentations, video conferencing, and informational displays.

Events and Concerts: Enhance stage backdrops and visual effects with high-resolution screens.

Education: Utilized in auditoriums and classrooms for interactive learning and presentations.


High Resolution: Indoor LED modules often have smaller pixel pitches resulting in higher resolution and clearer images when viewed up close.

Viewing Angle: Designed to provide a wide viewing angle, ensuring clear visibility from various positions within an indoor space.

Environment: Not built to withstand harsh weather conditions but are designed to operate efficiently in controlled indoor climates

4. Outdoor LED Modules


Billboards and Digital Signage: Commonly used for large advertisements along highways and in urban areas.

Stadiums and Arenas: Display scores, replays, and advertisements to large audiences.

Public Spaces and Events: Provide dynamic visuals and information in outdoor settings like parks, squares, and festivals.

Transportation Hubs: Display schedules, announcements, and advertisements in bus stations, airports, and train stations.


Weather Resistance: Outdoor LED modules are designed to withstand various weather conditions, including rain, snow, and intense sunlight. They are typically rated IP65 or higher for water and dust resistance.

High Brightness: These modules feature very high brightness levels to ensure visibility even in direct sunlight.

Durability: Constructed with robust materials to handle temperature fluctuations and physical impacts.

Long Viewing Distance: Generally have larger pixel pitches suitable for viewing from longer distances, ensuring clear visibility for large outdoor audiences.

5. GOB LED Module Panel

GOB technology involves applying transparent glue over the LED modules, protecting the LEDs from moisture, dust, and physical damage

This makes GOB LED modules more durable and reliable, especially in environments where the screen is exposed to potential impact.

Similar to indoor LED modules, GOB modules often have small pixel pitches, providing high-resolution and detailed images.

The glue coating reduces the risk of dead pixels and improves the overall uniformity and color consistency of the display. 

The protective glue layer also adds a degree of moisture and dust resistance, making GOB modules more versatile for various applications.

6. Front Service LED Module

The front service LED module can be replaced or taken out from the front side or the real side easily by only one person.

No screw design, so it is easier to mount the modules on the cabinet quickly.

7. LED Module Panel Size

LED Module Panels come in a variety of sizes. The common ones are 320x160mm, 250x250mm, 192x192mm, 256x128mm, etc.

According to the needs of customers, UNIT can provide customized services for modules with special sizes.

Ⅴ. Conclusion

Which type of LED screen is best? There is no exact answer to this question. According to different needs and application scenarios, choose suitable LED display types to maximize the visual effect.

If you are not sure how to choose the right LED display type for your venue or event, just send a message, and our professional team will give you advice.

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