LCD vs. LED TV, which is best for you?

LCD or LED TV, that is the question. And the more you read about them, the more confusing it can get. LCD stands for liquid crystal display. LED stands for light-emitting diode. Confused already? Let's cut to the chase.

An LED TV is, in essence, an LCD TV with backlights. Now, we could explain backlights, edge LEDs and even full-array LEDs. But the definitions aren't what's important about them; the look is. The best tactic is to simply go to a store and look at LED and LCD televisions side by side to decide which you like best. If you want to save gas money or don't have time to go to a store, websites can give you a visual comparison of the two. Terms such as backlight, edge LED and full-array are easier to understand when you can see the differences they can make.

Differences

Since LED TVs and LCD TVs are both high definition, when you look at an LED next to an LCD TV, you want to look for a few key differences: the contrast, the color accuracy and the depth of the color black on the screen. The LED fairs better with all three, but not by much. In fact, most people don't notice any real difference. However, if you have a color-sensitive eye or need extremely precise color timing, those small variations can amount to a very real difference.

There are many other very small differences. On LEDs and LCDs, the viewing angle is nearly identical. Any difference will be due to the glass panel; the thicker the glass, the better the viewing angle. In addition, the slimmer choice is, generally speaking the LED. LCD TV models are slightly thicker, though both rank far skinnier than the behemoths of just 10 years ago.

Energy use and price

Energy conservation is on everyone's minds. The biggest difference between LCD and LED TVs comes into play when you consider energy consumption. LED televisions use less light, which means less energy. LED TVs use about 40 percent less energy than an LCD. That's a pretty significant difference and the energy savings adds up over time. LEDs also rank as more environmentally friendly because no mercury is used in their creation, as it is in LCDs. 

If you want the price tag to help you make your choice between an LED or LCD TV, then the advantage goes to LCD TVs. An LCD is less expensive, and the price continues to fall as LEDs gain in popularity. It's important to note, though, that LED TVs last longer than LCDs.

Considering the few slight differences between LCD and LED TVs, decide which is best by the picture quality that you prefer and your budget. Then find the size that fits your room, buy the TV, install it and enjoy watching movies and television shows in high definition.

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