How bright should my monitor be?

How bright should my monitor be?

When you decide to install one or more digital signage monitors, there are numerous aspects to take into consideration. The first is definitely the luminosity. This has a decisive impact on the price of the monitor, energy consumption and, above all, the performance of your digital signage system.
So let’s take a look at how to choose the monitor that best suits your business. Whatever that may be.


Brightness vs illumination. Outdoor vs indoor.

Before we enter the world of nits, we must clarify the concepts of brightness and illumination.

Brightness refers to the amount of light that is reflected or emitted by the screen. Its unit of measurement is the NIT.

L’Illumination refers to the light that is emitted from the light sources present in an external or internal environment. This is referred to as ambient light, whether it’s a lamp or sunlight.

Another distinction that is important to make clear from the outset is that between outdoor and indoor monitors.
Outdoor monitors are designed to be placed outside. They are usually resistant to any environmental conditions and are equipped with anti-glare screens. Alternatively, you can use enclosures. A kind of armour that allows indoor monitors to withstand outdoor environments. Usually, these “cages” are equipped with anti-vandal and anti-reflective glass as well as cooling fans. In this way, the screen is protected from external agents and the risk of overheating.
Indoor monitors are created for indoor environments. Depending on the brand you choose, they have very different characteristics.

How do I choose the right luminosity?

It is clear that for the contents of a screen to be visible, its luminosity must be greater than the surrounding illumination. This largely depends on the type of environment in which the monitor is installed and what light sources are present.
If the ambient light varies throughout the day, it is good to take into account the maximum luminosity the screen can reach. It is important that this is not excessive. In fact, instead of enhancing the content transmitted, it would negatively affect the user’s viewing experience. Especially if it’s an indoor environment.
Fortunately, in the case of variable light conditions, technology comes to our aid. Many monitors are equipped with a sensor that allows the system to automatically adjust their luminosity based on ambient light.

monitor brightness

In general, we can say that:

  • Monitors installed outdoor must have a higher luminosity than monitors installed indoors.
  • Indoor monitors that are illuminated by sunlight must have a higher brightness than a standard indoor monitor.
  • If an indoor monitor is located behind a shop window, the reflection of sunlight must be taken into account when purchasing the screen.
  • Indoor monitors must not be illuminated by lights so as to avoid reflections that reduce their legibility.

The right number of nits

At this point, you may be wondering: but how many nits does my monitor have to have?

  • If it is an indoor monitor must have a brightness of at least 300 nits.
  • If it is an outdoor monitor monitors with a nit number between 2500 and 4000 are recommended. Anyway, it’s a good idea to never go below 2500 nits.

These are clearly general guidelines. Below is a more detailed table.

So now, you have all the information you need to choose your monitor on our Store.
Hall 700-2500 nit
Gates 700-2500 nit
Check-in 600-2500 nit
Corridors 350-500 nit
Meeting room 350-800 nit
Reception 500-1600 nit
Office 350-800 nit
Hall 700-2500 nit
Ticket Office 400-2500 nit
Windows 1700-2500 nit
Outdoor 2500 nit
Classroom 350-800 nit
Auditorium 400-1600 nit
Corridors 350-600 nit
Doctor’s ambulatory
Reception 500-1600 nit
Waiting room 350-800 nit
Meeting room MDT 350-650 nit
Hall 700-2500 nit
Reception 350-1600 nit
Corridors 350-500 nit
Museum 400-1600 nit
Events area 400-1600 nit
Outdoor 2500 nit
Fair stand 500-2500 nit
External façade 1700-2500 nit
Entrance 600-1600 nit
Pharmacy Indoor 500-1600 nit
POS Indoor 500-1000 nit
Supermarket 500-900 nit
Showroom 600-2500 nit
Showcase 1700-2500 nit
Menu board 350-800 nit
Self-ordering kiosk 500-900 nit
POS Indoor 500-1000 nit
Menu board drive-through 2500 nit
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