If you’re in the market for a new TV, then the barrage of lingo and abbreviations describing different TV technologies online and in electrical shops can be overwhelming. TV technology is constantly changing and developing, so it’s hard to know the different selling points of different TVs, and which TV technology suits your needs and budget. If you’re unsure about the difference between LED and LED TVs, then here’s a quick guide to explain the variations between the two leading flat screen TV technologies.
- Backlighting: LCD and LED TVs use the same display technology– a liquid crystal between the display panels of the TV, which get activated when an electric current is supplied to it. Where they differ, however, is in the way the pixels of the TV are illuminated, or the backlighting. Whereas LCD TVs use fluorescent tubes for its backlight, LED TVs use light emitting diodes. It is generally agreed that the LED backlighting provides better display, with superior contrast, blacker blacks and better viewing from odd angles.
- Price: For many people, the major selling point between LED and LCD TVs is the price. LED TVs can be up to 50% more expensive than LCD TVs. The price gap, however, is expected to narrow.
- Efficiency: LED TVs are significantly more energy efficient than LCD TVs. LED TVs will use approximately 40% less power than the same size LCD TV. LCD TVs also use mercury in the manufacturing process.
- Size: LED TVs are usually slimmer than their LCD counterpart. LED TVs, therefore, are significantly lighter, which may be a determining factor if you want to mount your TV on the wall.
It is generally agreed that when it comes to efficiency, picture quality and aesthetics the LED TV is the superior television.