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LED Dance Floor FAQs
Pros and Cons for Each Style of Floor

Looking to invest into a LED Dance Floor? You are probably wondering what type of LED floor would be best for your needs. On this page we will provide the main differences of the 3 types of LED lighted floors along with some of the basics.

1. LED Video Dance Floor - these are LED floor panels that have 100s of pixels distributed throughout the lighted space of the panel; very much like the pixels on a television.

A pixel is a cluster of LEDs that make up the individual dots that a picture is composed from.

LED screens tend to be made up of 1 red, 2 green and 1 blue LED (or sometimes 2R, 1G, 1B). The LEDs in each pixel light up to different intensities to create a specific color and each screen is made up of hundreds of thousands of pixels, creating a seamless picture.

 

Pixel pitch is the distance between the center of each pixel on a screen. The pixel pitch is delineated by the manufacturer by using a "P" plus a number; for example "P20". Outdoor LED screens tend to have larger pixel pitches than indoor ones as they are viewed from further away – the most common size is around 20mm and the lowest on the market is P3mm. The lower the pixel pitch the clearer the graphics are. The price is largely based on the pixel pitch.

 

The resolution of a screen is the number of pixels in it, generally described in terms of width x height. A screen with a smaller pixel pitch will have a higher resolution than a same sized one with a larger pixel pitch. This is because you can fit more of the pixels into the same physical space.

Our LED video dance panels are available in the following resolutions:

1024 pixels - 32x32 pixel resolution - low = P31.25 pitch
1600 pixels - 40x40 pixel resolution - medium = P25 pitch
2304 pixels - 48x48 pixel resolution - high = P20.8 pitch

We also have video screens that are used for wall displays. See our LED Panels for more. Our wall LED video displays are higher in resolution than our video dance floor panels.

 

The minimum viewing distance is the distance you have to be from the screen/floor before the pixels stop looking like thousands of flashing LEDs and look like a smooth picture!

 

With video floors its easy to create virtually anything you can watch on a TV monitor on the entire floor. Audiences are treated to entertaining moving graphics while they dance or just watch.

Video and graphics can be played back on these floors with a computer or laptop.

The video panels are 1 sq meter each (39.375" x 39.375") 1000mm x 1000mm

When calculating the size of the floor calculate in increments of 39.375" or 1 meter.

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2. LED Interactive Dance Floor
The interactive panels are very similar to the video dance panels but have a much lower resolution and they feature and interactive component. The interactive aspect of this type of floor allows for touch sensitive effects to be triggered once the floor panels are stepped on.

Features include:

  • Sound active - can play back visualization effects triggered by sound that come with the default media player
  • Step inductive – displays dynamic patterns by single point touch or induction touch
  • Built-in programs - factory presets
  • Abstract video play - plays back some abstract video effects
  • Program editing software
  • Text or cartoon Display
  • Optional Control Mode: SD card controller with sound-active function with USB cable which can connect to computer to download programs by Color Edit Software. The program can be DIY on computer.

 

The interactive panels are 500 mm square or 19.687" x 19.687". Four of them make 1 square meter. When calculating the size of the floor calculate in increments of 19.687" or 500mm.

Our LED interactive dance panels are available in the following resolutions:

16 pixels - 4x4 pixel resolution or 64 pixels per sq/meter - low = P125mm pitch per sq/meter
64 pixels - 8x8pixel resolution or 256 pixels per sq/meter - medium = P62.5mm pitch per sq/meter
144 pixels - 12x12 pixel resolution or 576 pixels per sq/meter - - high = P41.6mm pitch per sq/meter

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3. DMX LED Dance Floor
These floors usually use LED strip or tube lights that come in various lengths. We use two 12"L tubes in our 24" square panels. Some other manufacturers may use one or more LEDs fixtures to light the panels. Our panels are often larger than most of our competitors and use 2 LEDs to light up the top surface with rich and bright colors uniformly.

The DMX LED floors are controlled either with a DMX controller or a controller made by the manufacturer of the lighting system. Our floors can be controlled by a DMX controller however, we recommend, for those who are not familiar with DMX or do not have the time or the resources to program the shows in DMX, a user friendly and powerful controller that we offer. The controller is made by Phillips Lighting and can store 225 shows.

The DMX LED floors cannot play back graphics but can play back dynamic shows which we program and download onto the controller.

The dmx floor panels are 2ft x2ft square and are priced per sq/ft. When calculating the size of the floor calculate in increments of 2ft. For example a 24ft x 24ft will work as it can be divided by two and equal a whole number, 12.
A 35ft x 35ft will not work as 35 divided by 2 does not equal a whole number, 17.5. We do not make half of a panel in other words.

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Here are some of the PROs and CONs of the three versions of LED Dance Floors

 

1. LED Video Dance Floor

Con - When floor is full with people it may be difficult to make out clearly what the graphics or video is whether you are dancing on the floor or viewing it as a spectator.

Pro - Can view smoother graphics and video better than you can with the interactive floor due to its' higher resolution.

Con - Occasionally LEDs and ICs may need to be replaced with the spare LEDs and ICs provided by the factory. They can burn out more readily than the DMX LEDs which use the LED Tube fixtures and are much more difficult to replace as they typically need to be soldered in. However, some video panel manufacturers provide spare modules which house the LEDs.

Pro - More of the empty space is filled up with LEDs and is more uniformly lighted than the DMX and Interactive panels.

Con - Typically weighs much more than the interactive or DMX LED panels - fine with permanent installation but not so good for rentals or temporary installation.

Pro - Is available in black glass tops or clear glass tops which scratch less than the DMX panels acrylic top.

Con - Requires video media or still graphics which the user may or may not have. If not, you will need to acquire it somehow and it must not be copyrighted material by someone else. Possible shortage of video content.

Pro - Can play back just about anything you can view on your computer monitor.

Con - Cannot play back the type of shows, with the wide variety of color combinations, speeds, and patterns, that our DMX floor can play back.

Pro - Seams can be sealed with silicone to make somewhat water proof.

Con - Requires a computer for playback through software

Con - Rated for 50,000 hours unlike the DMX panels which are rated at 100,000 hours or operation.

 

 

2. LED Interactive Dance Floor

Con - When floor is full with people it may be difficult to trigger the interactive effects when everyone else is trying to do the same thing.

Pro - Can play back abstract graphics and low res video as well as trigger interactive effects and responds to sound.

Con - Occasionally LEDs and ICs may need to be replaced with the spare LEDs and ICs provided by the factory. They can burn out more readily than the DMX LEDs which use the LED Tube fixtures and are much more difficult to replace as they typically need to be soldered in.

Pro - More of the empty space is filled up with LEDs and is more uniformly lighted than the DMX panels.

Con - Rated for 50,000 hours unlike the DMX panels which are rated at 100,000 hours or operation.

Pro - Weighs less than the video panels and is smaller for carrying - fine with permanent installation or temporary installation.

Con - Requires video media or still graphics which the user may or may not have. If not you will need to acquire it somehow and it must not be copyrighted material by someone else. Possible shortage of video content.

Pro - Can play back just about anything you can view on your computer monitor.

Con - Cannot play back the type of shows, with the wide variety of color combinations, speeds, and patterns, that our DMX floor can play back.

Pro - Seams can be sealed with silicone to make somewhat water proof.

Con - Requires a computer for playback through software for best results.

Pro - Comes with a 2 year no fault factory warranty.

Con - All components are more difficult to replace or repair than the DMX panels.

Pro - LOW Res panels are more economical over the DMX and Video panels.

Pro - Is available in clear glass tops which scratch less than the DMX panels' acrylic top.

Pro - Can play back text

 

3. DMX LED Dance Floor

Con - Can not play back video or does not have interactive features.

Pro - Can play back 225 shows with a wide variety of color combinations, speeds, and patterns.

Con - Not as easily sealable from water as the video and interactive panels are.

Pro - Weighs less than the video panels and interactive panels - great for permanent installation or temporary installation.

Con - Acrylic tops can scratch easily however scratches are not visible when the LEDs are on.

Pro - Is available in 1/2" tempered, laminated, white translucent, glass tops and have a load capacity of 600 lbs

Con - More expensive than the lower res interactive panels.

Pro - Does not require any non-copyrighted video content to playback shows. All 225 shows are downloaded to the controller for easy access.

Con - More expensive than the lower res interactive panels.

Pro - LED fixtures are rated for 100,000 hours providing nearly a lifetime of operation and do not have parts that may need difficult replacement. Economical LED fixtures easily replaced.

Con - Cannot play back text.

Pro - All components are much more easily replaced or repaired than the Video or Interactive panels.

Pro - Easier to install more so than the Interactive or Video panels.

 

 

 

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