Tom Mudd advises on how to bring your digiLED screens out of hibernation


Now that most lockdown restrictions have been lifted, most we’d like to share some important advice on how to care for your digiLED screen as it comes out of hibernation.

We trust that your digiLED rental inventory will have been stored in a suitable warehouse and this of course means one where the temperature and humidity don’t fluctuate too wildly.

Temperature and humidity changes can be the #1 enemy of a screen placed in storage (just think of the dew on your car in the morning as the temperature and humidity ramps up from the overnight conditions).

Assuming then that your digiLED screen has been stored in ideal conditions, the next critical thing is how to ‘wake’ the screen safely and gently as it’s first post-Corona job approaches.

The key to this is “Slow and Gentle”. It’s going to take at least 12 hours for you to safely do this before the gig !

Hard to believe but LED manufacturers actually prescribe a warm up procedure for pixels that enables humidity and moisture to be driven out of the pixel plastic – Yes, that’s right, even outdoor screens can gain a small water content in their pixels over long term storage !

To do this (and this bit is critical) power up the screen with no video signal and set the brightness to ~3 %.

Now connect the video signal. Feed the screen pure white. This combined with the 3% level will make the pixels start to glow very very gently.

Leave the screen in this state for at least 6 hours. Then, over the following 6 hours, ramp the brightness up to an eventual value of 30%.

By doing this you will have used the internal warmth of the LED diode junction to slowly expel water from the pixels.

At the end, with your comfortably warm 30% brightness white screen you should have a healthy and happy digiLED product, ready to perform for the next Post-COVID gig that comes your way.

Thank you for helping us to look after your digiLED product together.

We look forward to working together with you all in the new AV world that will emerge. Please do check in regularly on or on our social media for further news and advice in the post Corona era.



Introducing our new Vegas offices and showroom

It’s official!

We’ve signed on the dotted line for our latest office & showroom. Situated only 10 minutes from McCarran Airport, our brand new premises will house the new Las Vegas Pixel Depot showcasing the latest digiLED product range.

Come and visit, we move in on 1st September 2021 we can’t wait to welcome you!


The Big Picture, by Graham Burgess

Price Rises in China – the effect of PPI

Commentary from China and the impact on the global LED screen industry


In the UK we measure rising prices to the consumer using a method called the Retail Price Index (RPI), this measures the increase in costs of a basket of goods compared to the same month the previous year. Whilst the name changes pretty much every country measures price increases in a similar way.

When we consider the movement of price further down the supply chain we have to use different methods and in China the instrument used for the price of goods exiting  factories is called the Producer Price Index (PPI). This is a fancy word for factory gate price movements.

As a reference the PPI for the whole calendar year of 2020 was -1.8%, so factory gate prices went down pretty much every month.

In May 2021 the PPI, in China,  for one month alone went up by a whopping 9% . This followed an increase of 6.8% in previous months. This figure is the highest since September 2008.

It is common knowledge that there is a world wide shortage of semi conductors, this is not a temporary phenomenon – most experts are predicting this supply problem will last 2, maybe 3 years. This is a key factor in the price increases but it is not the only one:

  • Just this morning a supplier told me that the price of aluminium has gone up by 60%.
  • Smelting and pressing costs for ferrous metals rose 38.1% last year.
  • Extraction costs of petroleum and natural gas have increased 99.1% since the start of 2020
  • Power cuts in Guangdong (the southern province where most LED factories and famous names such as Tencent, Huawei and Foxconn are based) are expected twice weekly for the foreseeable future as coal stocks (used to power 60% of China factories) are dangerously low
  • Average Chinese internal flights costs increased in May by 32.3%

All of this has caused the CPI (China’s version of RPI – Consumer Price Index) to rise by 1.3% year on year in May alone.

In a country where price increases are uncommon, to say the least, the current economic uncertainty is causing much concern.

digiTILE LED screens are on the right track at Penn Station

LED screen experts digiLED worked closely with their North American distributor, design and execution company ANC, to integrate more than 3,000 square feet of digiLED LED screens into the stunning new Moynihan Train Hall in New York City.

The main train hall is dominated by four giant 3.9mm digiTILE MAX LED screens, and a further eight 1.5mm digiTHIN HD LED screens are located in prominent positions throughout the station.

Moynihan Train Hall is part of a major redevelopment of the historic James A. Farley Post Office building, expanding Penn Station in Manhattan. Moynihan serves local train services known as LIRR (Long Island Railroad) and Amtrak, the inter-city rail service on the north-east coast serving the cities of Boston, Philadelphia, Washington, Wilmington and New York City.

Natural light spills across the new hall, through its massive 92-foot-high skylight ceiling which houses art installations from some of the world’s most celebrated artists. Daylight coming through the glass meant the ANC & digiLED team had to carefully consider the position of the sunrise and sunset timings over Manhattan. During the planning and design phase of the project, the timings and positioning of the sun were evaluated to ascertain where light would fall on the screens at certain points during the day. To ensure it did not affect the viewing of the screens, digiLEDs outdoor louvres provided all the necessary shading to the 4 main LED screen surfaces (digiTILE MAX) overlooking the train hall.

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic digiLED’s technical team were unable to travel to assist with the onsite installation, thus meaning a lot of communication had to happen via Zoom, WhatsApp and FaceTime. Tom Mudd, digiLED’s Technical Director, worked remotely from his kitchen on England’s south coast, assisting ANC with onsite programming and commissioning helping to finalise the project. digiLED and ANC were able to complete all aspects of the project on time and to positive public response, despite coronavirus-related challenges.



‘Our partnership with ANC has produced some amazing installations across professional sports in North America, but this Moynihan project gives digiLED LED screens visibility across New York City and the whole of the northeast of the United States’  Graham Burgess, CEO – digiLED.

‘Transforming Moynihan Train Hall into a premier commuter concourse at the nation’s busiest train station, New York Penn Station, is the perfect example of the unforgettable experiences ANC takes great pride in creating. Through our innovative technologies, along with stunning graphics of the great city of New York designed to promote travel, we were able to create a commuter environment that is both welcoming and engaging’ George Linardos, CEO – ANC.

Our LED Screens Play Part in Award Winning Studio

Fantastic news that FX Group Creative Solutions for Broadcast have won a NewscastStudio award for Best Local Lighting Design. Congratulations and thank you for choosing #digiTHINHD to help with this!

Read more about the project here 


The Big Picture, by Graham Burgess

China Trade Shows

For more than a decade before the Covid -19 pandemic I was in China pretty much every month. I know the regular Chinese holidays – Spring Festival, Tomb Sweeping Festival, Labour Day, National Week – almost as well as I know western bank holidays and make sure I plan my trips around them.

I also make a point of planning trips to coincide with important events; major project sign offs, key client visits, company parties with our China QC and Logistics team but in particular I make sure I am in the Middle Kingdom for LED China, ISLE and other significant LED events.

Since I left China in a hurry last January, on a muddled journey back to London via Singapore and Dubai, escaping what looked like (and was) imminent closure of the border, I’ve only travelled a couple of times.

Once to ISE’s final Amsterdam show during February and then on a protracted US March tour taking in Chicago, LA, Fort Worth, Orlando and finally New York, before, again, running with my tail between my legs before President Trump closed the US borders.

Since then, I’ve sat at home, seeing more of my wife and kids than I suspect they probably ever wanted, wondering if I’ll ever get to use my frequent flyer points.

I worry that our China team now realise they don’t really need me there as they’ve managed fine without me. I’ve been updated on technology and product developments, the latest on key projects and the gossip about many friends in China’s LED industry on a regular basis.

This week was the ISLE trade show in Shenzhen – I still have the air tickets booked for last years’ event. Friends tell me it was full of exhibitors being visited by………other exhibitors and the number of overseas attendees was, understandably, tiny.

That doesn’t mean it wasn’t important though, there were a number of things I’d love to have seen.

Nationstar, fresh from introducing a 4 in 1 device, announced a 20 in 1 flip chip device. Astonishing progress, with 5 times the number of LEDs in one device, equally impressive is the jump it makes to 0.46mm pixel pitch. Real LED TVs, anyone?


Lamp showed a 2.6mm LED aquarium (anyone familiar with Chinese culture will know the important symbolism of fish tanks and prosperity, if you don’t, google is your friend) using the same flat and curved screen technology we used, collaborating with our US distributors, ANC, for Cleveland Cavaliers “Energy Tunnel”, same technology but a stunning new application.

On the same booth in this video below, look out for the brief glimpse of a Rubik’s cube, the technology has been around a while, but this is another case of the content being the “star of the show”.

More content, designed for a specific product shape, can be seen here. If anyone wanted proof that China is starting to understand how to get their customers attention, I think these 2 short clips illustrate this very well.

Continuing on the theme of content, we’ve seen a lot of anamorphic 3D material on LED screens in the last few months. That’s 3D content, no glasses, no special electronics – it’s all in the content. This clip below is a good illustration of this, with a “Punch and Judy” theme, showing again the increase in cultural understanding emanating from China.

What a shame LED China and ISLE had to go ahead with little international representation, hopefully next year we will be back to some kind of normality.

Follow Graham on twitter at @_LEDexpert

digiLED LED screens proud to play a part at the Presidential Inauguration

digiLED are proud to have played a small part in welcoming the new President and Vice-President on Wednesday.

digiLED LED screens flanked the Capitol Building at the inauguration ceremony of Joe Biden & Kamala Harris, as both were sworn in for duty at this momentous occasion.

What a day! #digiLED #TheLEDScreenExperts #LED #LEDScreens #AV #AVtech #technology #pixel #pixelpitch

Wishing you all a healthy and happy 2021

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Wishing all our customers a healthy & happy new year  from your friends at digiLED

We’re looking forward to seeing you again this year.


Update from digiLED regarding the Covid-19 pandemic

In view of the Covid-19 pandemic, we’ve been left with no option but to follow Government guidance regarding social distancing, and therefore will be temporarily suspending all installations and non essential maintenance by our digiLED team, and our office at the Pixel Depot in Surrey is now closed until further notice.

We are however still working, and so if you have a sales enquiry or an urgent technical issue with your digiLED screen which required telephone support then please do get in touch.

We’ll continue to keep you posted on any changes and we hope to see our customers again very soon.

digiTHIN LED display welcomes visitors in stunning new offices

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One of the latest digiTHIN installations can now be found located in the main reception of the prestigious No.1 Spinningfields building in Manchester.

Schroders Real Estate has just refurbished its last vacant floor at No.1 Spinningfields, along with unveiling its groundbreaking new digiTHIN HD 2mm screen in the ground floor reception. The interactive screen has been designed using the most modern and energy efficient systems, and the creative possibilities with this screen are endless.

See the screen in action

ISE 2020 and the outstanding digiTHIN LED screen on display

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Thanks to everyone who made it to ISE, surprisingly more of you than we had thought and it was great to see old friends again and meet new ones.

If you did make it then you’ll have seen our amazing 6k 1.5mm digiTHIN screen on display. Here’s a reminder of the reasons why it was worthy of so much attention at the show:

  • HD/4k/8k compatible LED screen formats
  • BIG on ease of use
  • 5-Year Warranty as standard
  • ‘Direct-to-wall’ fixing with patented z-axis alignment and soFLAT® technology
  • Cableless tile connection
  • Change any component in seconds
  • Squashed frog plate mounting solution for 70″ & 90″ screen formats

Get in touch to find out more or arrange a visit to see it at The Pixel Depot.


A whole new LED screen experience for the Cleveland Cavaliers

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The Cleveland Cavaliers Sports Stadium recently reinvigorated its venue with a cool $185 million investment in Ohio, USA. Central to the transformation is a first of its kind ‘Power Portal’ – an LED tunnel covered with 204 sqm of digiLED digiTHIN HD and digiFLEX panels, amounting to a jaw dropping 25 million pixels.

This amazing creation was delivered by ANC, digiLEDs integration partner. To find out more about this and our other projects, get in touch.

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