What’s the difference between an LCD TV and an LED TV?

by Jeremiah on April 7, 2014


With the advent of LED TV’s, people are jumping wagons and leaving their LCD TV’s behind. While most do this just to follow trend or to keep up with the latest technology, most lack logical reasoning or understanding when making the choice. So, in order to understand why LED TV’s are better than their LCD counterparts, we will quickly discuss both technologies.

First, LCD TV’s are backlit by CCFL (cold cathode fluorescent) lamps that are always on. This can cause fatigue and stress to your vision with prolonged use, not to mention more power usage and less longevity due to their being on all the time. Shortly speaking, this is not the most effective or efficient system anymore.

On the flip side, LED TV‘s are backlit by an array of LEDs (light emitting diodes) either directly behind the screen or along the edge of the screen. LED’s are brighter, longer lasting and also more power efficient. They also allow local dimming which enables higher contrast rates, therefore creating more vivid experiences, and saving energy at the same time.

Of course, you could take this a step further and settle with an OLED (organic light emitting diode) TV. It is backlit by  passing an electric current through an electroluminescent film, which produces far better colors and much higher contrasts. Not to mention that it also enables screens so thin and flexible it would put shame into catwalk models and gymnasts. It’s the dopest of the dopest but it’s expensive.

However, apart from the backlighting, LED TV’s are generally still LCD TV’s. Maybe it’s more appropriate to call them LCD LED’s or LED LCD’s. So don’t get tricked by the lack of descriptive labels. They are only better in terms of backlighting, not necessarily in overall picture processing or chip performance, which is another subject we may discuss in the near future.

For examples of some of the best LCD TV’s we have covered you could visit this page and here’s another page for LED TV‘s.

Given that, price wise the difference between the two is rather nominal (unless you’re getting an OLED TV) these days that it’s not such a big deal anymore. So if you are getting a new TV for your bedroom, living room, or even your kitchen we would lean towards recommending an LED TV instead of an LCD TV, although you probably don’t really need one over the other as much as you think.

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