Mike Kirkpatrick |

Why LED Module Shaders Are So Important

There are several factors at play when protecting the pixels and internal components of your indoor and outdoor LED displays. LED module shaders are a prime example, and the best part is they do so much more than just protect. Read this blog post to learn more. 

As we learned in a previous blog post, a lot goes into ensuring outdoor LED displays like billboards, business signage, and scoreboards are protected from the elements. After all, one bad North Texas storm or windy day could destroy picture quality and make it look dirty, worn, or stained. As a result, not only must the outside of these displays withstand Mother Nature, but all the intricate components inside must be protected, too. This is where LED module shaders help!

LED module shaders are an extra layer of protection for the “guts” of your outdoor LED display, your LED pixels, and internal components! They also significantly improve the overall image quality and create a more efficient display.

Let’s dive into this a little deeper, shall we?



LED Module Shaders/Masks/Louvers — The Perfect Complement to Your LED Display

I know this is a bit of a rehash from the previous blog, but it’s worth noting again that an LED display’s pixels and internal components must be protected at all times. And there’s a lot that goes into that, especially for outdoor displays. For one, if you were to remove the shader on your display and take a gander inside, you should see special silicone sealant surrounding each pixel. Surrounding them with sealant creates a water-tight seal that is extremely important for outdoor units. From there, the module's shaders are added to help protect the pixels and components even more.

Also known as louvers or masks, module shaders are black plastic screens that cover the face of the module. This dark separator of pixels provides for GREAT contrast that is unmatched in the industry! Sometimes they actually have little awnings that stick out from the surface of the shader to not only provide protection from the elements, but to provide a shaded area for the pixel to light up in… hence, the name "Shader"!   They stick out horizontally and fit over the pixels on the front facing of your display (see below).


Shaders provide protection and also add contrast to the display. Outdoor Modules with Shaders, also called Lovers or Masks


Shaders add protection as well as contrast to the display Outdoor Module with Shaders, also called Louvers or Masks


So, module shaders actually serve a dual purpose once they are installed:

  • Protection — We mentioned this already. Without these shaders, all those intricate pixels or LED diodes could be damaged rather easily by rain, wind, snow, ice, moisture, dirt, grime, and more. Obviously, this would cost you hundreds if not thousands of dollars in repairs or replacement.
  • Contrast — When we say contrast, we are essentially talking about the measurement of light against dark. It’s the distance between the whitest white and the blackest black in a video. And believe it or not, but the darker an LED screen can display, the better the image! This is because with a blacker background, the images will pop more vividly for the viewer’s eye. Therefore, it’s important to have nice, black plastic shaders to provide a dark background for the pixels to light up against. The most effective shaders are designed to block sunlight and “shade” the LED pixels, thus improving the contrast of an LED display — especially during the daytime! If they aren’t present, or if the shaders are cheap, old, and have faded from black to gray, the image contrast appears dimmer, and you end up with a less efficient display.

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