Quick Comparison Between DIPs and SMDs

As you may have heard – or not …… SMD’s are the leading technology for LED Displays now whether it is for indoor or outdoor LED Display / EMC Displays.


So make sure you don't get stuck using a manufacturer who is using the old DIP technology and purchasing their leftover stock.


So you can understand the difference between the two, I will do my best to simplify the difference between the two, however I do want to mention that, like all technology, what you may have heard just a few months ago, can change dramatically due to advances in this field. So be open to change – always!


So let’s get started…..


In the past, the rule of thumb has been – Outdoor LED Displays – use DIPS / Indoor LED Displays use SMD’s, however that has now changed due to improved technology.

First the basics: DIP LED stand for “Dual In-line Package” and got started being used in different technology since the early 1960’s, and are now being used in just about every lighting situation pertaining to technology. As you can tell by the picture to your right, they are most recognized by the two pins that extend from the bottom of the LED.

And the SMD stands for “Surface-Mount Device”, and it is also known as SMT “Surface Mounted Technology”. As in almost all evolution, SMD’s came about due to devices becoming smaller and the need to be able to have this type of LED fit within the smaller technology. So with that said, the uses for SMDs have rapidly increased in the first decade of the 21st century.


“SMD chips allowed improved quality control and offer a product that features better heat dispersion, high lumen output (high lumen flux ) and longer overall life (low optical decay) than its predecessor the DIP LED .

Far from being outdated, SMD LED continues to improve in its lumens per watt output, these small, maintenance-free long-lasting solid-state light sources will be around for many years to come.” Per Aladdin

One of the biggest benefits is that compared with a DIP Display is that SMD’s displays do have the advantage of:

*  SMD’s are light weight,
*  they have a much wider visual angle – which is 140°v  by 140°h
*  the color output is much crisper and truer to the intended color along with better color uniformity
*  They are more energy efficient then the DIP

This lends itself to SMD’s having a much more natural look and feel of an image on an LED Display – being much less pixilated.

The best contribution that I feel the SMD has brought to the LED Display world is that now, you can get a much better looking LED display without having to pay as much for it. In other words, if you get a 16mm SMD Full Color Display – it will look much better than the 16mm DIP Full Color Display.

As for the near horizon, another advantage of SMD’s is that they can be easily manufactured using efficient quantity mass production, which helps keep the costs down during production. This will obviously save on labor costs and LED Displays will be able to have a larger scale of production. While the prices are still a bit higher than the traditional DIP LED’s, the trend is already happening where the SMD displays are having a more competitive price.

As you know, I am always wanting to provide the best products for the best prices so that I can help you Close Sales At The Speed of LED Light! So, it is probably no surprise to you that I have studied this LED lighting aspect very thoroughly.

That is why I offer you both the LED DIP Displays AND the LED SMD Displays!

A few Comparisons of our DIP AND SMD Full Color Displays:

*  Both the DIP and the SMD still offer the RGB configuration which still allows LED Displays show 281 trillion colors.
*  They are both IP65 Rated
*  They are both IP43 Rated
*  Dark sky compliant

Since this technology is considered outdated in my opinion, we do not offer DIPs in our K8 Line, KB Line, or our K5 Line any longer.

HOWEVER, I offer you the Full Color LED SMD Displays with the 8 year Parts and the 8 year Quality Warranties to for the k8 Line and the KB Line in 6mm, 8mm, 10mm, 12mm and 16mm.

Here is a better view of the two modules so you can see the difference, so take a look here and see what the future looks like….


I personally think the SMD panel looks pretty clean looking and has a kind of simple elegance about it…..

While it will probably be a long time until the DIP LED Displays are off the market, it is going to be exciting for you to become the leader in your area with being able to provide the SMD Displays to your Clients.

I hope you found this informative!  I would love to hear your thoughts – so please send me a quick email if you have time.


P.S.  Here is an Informational Flyer that you may find helpful when talking with your Clients:

SMDs vs. DIPs Information Flyer   

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