Consumer or Commercial Grade?
LG Commercial Grade TV
So you’re looking to purchase a TV. Whether it’s for personal or business use, there is a lot to choose from. More and more businesses are integrating flat panel televisions in their establishments as they are becoming more aware of the benefits of using these mediums. Whether they are used for digital advertising, business information, or for Monday Night Football, these displays are in literally everywhere.
How do you choose between consumer and commercial grade TV’s for your business? Were you even aware that there is a choice? Most models look exactly the same, but there are differences.
When deciding on a flat panel display for use in commercial applications, there are four things to keep in mind when making your final decision.
1. Portrait or Landscape – When using the displays for digital advertising, it’s a nice feature to be able to choose between portrait and landscape modes. Most commercial displays are built with the ability to do either mode. Consumer grade TV’s, on the other hand, are typically not able to access portrait mode.
2. Running Time – The Majority of commercial grade TV’s are specifically designed to run 24/7. Consumer grade TV’s on the other hand, consumer models are rated 4/7. Four hours per day, seven days a week. For most business applications, displays are running much longer than that. You could find yourself replacing the consumer displays more often due to image burnout.
3. Cost – Many consumers expect commercial grade TV’s to cost substantially more than their consumer grade cousins. That’s simply not the case anymore. As technology advances, prices tend to come down. Gone are the days when a commercial display would cost you 30-40% than consumer grade. And in most cases, the difference is less than 15%, and on occasion, I have actually seen less than a 5% difference in price.
4. Warranty – Many business owners do not realize that when consumer displays are used in a commercial environment, the warranty can revert to 90 days “over the counter” requiring the display to either be shipped back or taken in to a service center for repair. Most commercial grade TV’s come with a minimum two-year warranty, with the option for additional years to be added for an additional cost.
LG Consumer Grade TV
As you can see, there is little to no benefit if you were to choose to use a consumer grade TV in your business. You may save a little bit of money short term, but in all actuality, using consumer grade for a commercial application could cost you more in the long run.
Be more informed and take the time to ask the proper questions and you could save you and your business a lot of grief down the road.