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What is The Difference Between LED and LCD TVS

Find the answer to the frequently asked LED Lights related question: What is The Difference Between LED and LCD TVS?
Have you upgraded your television to an LED set yet? Or are you still stuck in the 20th century with an LCD television? An even question: Do you even know the difference? Here's how an LED television is different from--and better than--a standard LCD TV.

LED is LCD Plus More

Although we tend to think of an LED television as something completely different from LCD, the fact is, the LED is simply a more modern version of the LCD set. Let's set the record straight. An LED television is an LCD television, but it's one which uses light emitting diodes (or LEDs) as the backlighting source. This is what gives the screen its illumination. Before LED became prevalent, LCD sets used a fluorescent lamp for illuminating the screen.

The Chief Differences

The specific difference between the LCD and LED televisions are:

• An LCD television's backlighting comes from a cathode ray tube. One advantage this provides is a long life-span. The standard LCD light inside of a television could last 30 to 35 years. Still, what LCD offers in quantity of years, it lacked in overall quality. They're also known for abrupt viewing angles and low contrast levels. In fact, most connoisseurs of television consider the old-fashioned LCD televisions to be the worst of all television screens.
• As noted, the LED screen, on the other hand, is illuminated by man LED lights. This gives them a more dynamic picture quality and a broader viewer angle. They also consumer considerably less power compared to older LCD sets. It's true that they're more expensive, but the quality is worth it.

Advantages and Disadvantages of LED

We would not be completely honest if we didn't admit that the old-fashioned LCD screen has a couple of advantages, especially for those on a limited budget. The main disadvantages of LED when compared to LCD TVs is the higher price tag, plus some people just don't want the hassle of disposing of an old TV and searching for a new one.

Still, the advantages of getting an LED TV outweigh the disadvantages.

• They are friendlier to the environment, because they use less power.
• Also because they use less power, they are easier on your budget.
• They come in a wide range of sizes, everything from a small 15 inch computer screen size to a 60-inch and higher display. This variety of sizes, incidentally, helps offset the cost factor, since this makes it likely that you can find one in your price range.
• There is a far superior contrast level.
• LED televisions can be extremely thin- as slim as one inch.
• LEDs are also the most reliable among flat-screen TVs.

The Verdict

Those with the most limited budgets might do well sticking with their old-school LCD television sets. Those who want something that looks stylish and with the times, and a TV that offers the best viewing experience at the lowest impact to the environment will want to go LED.