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What is Better LED or LCD

Find the answer to the frequently asked LED Lights related question: What is Better LED or LCD?
What is Better LED or LCD?

It's hard to believe that it was only a decade ago that flat-screen TVs and computer monitors were a novelty and were quite expensive- usually more than twice the price of other monitors and televisions. Today, though, flat is in. It's the format of choice for both the computer and television consumer. The latest to take advantage of this phenomenon is the LED screen. Prior to its arrival, the LCD screen dominated. What's the difference between the two, though? Better yet, which one is better?

The Same but Different

An LED TV and monitor are in reality just LCD screens, but with a little something extra. Specifically, they're LCD screens that, rather than using fluorescent lights to light up the screen, they use light emitting diodes. Some of these use the diodes in the back as "backlighting," while others use them around the perimeter, as "edge-lit" screens.

How LCD Displays Work

The major difference between a standard LCD screen and the LED monitor is in the lighting source. The LCD monitor or TV works thanks to a fluorescent bulb which sits behind its liquid crystal display. Usually it's at the top, although it can be at the bottom- and in a few cases, at both. The crystal display can change colors, but it gives off no light of its own. The light comes from the fluorescent bulbs which shine through the LCD. Although this works well, it does have a few drawbacks. The chief problem is that it's difficult for the LCD to display black. ThatÂ’s because only one or two bulbs light the screen, which means the LCD can only show black by changing pixels to opaque and blocking the light. This results in more of a gray than a black. It's amazing just how blurry a picture looks when the blacks don't display right.

How LED Displays Work

The LED display works much the same as the LCD. The big difference is that there are no fluorescent bulbs. Instead, there are many LEDs (light emitting diodes) either behind the screen or around the edge. Because the monitor has the power to turn on or off as many diodes as possible, it's easier to display blacks more correctly. This results in a more focused, crisper image. LED monitors also require much less electricity and generate much less heat. That makes them good for the environment and even better for your utility budget.

Why You Should Buy LED

The differences we just mentioned are two great reasons why you should buy an LED screen as opposed to the standard LCD. They're more energy-efficient and offer a better picture. Also, because LEDs are so much smaller than the LCD's light tubes, they can be made much slimmer. These are the monitors and televisions that come in the super-thin sizes and which look so modern and sleek. Finally, LED screens have a much larger viewing angle. All of these are reasons that your next TV or monitor should be LED.