Over the past year, TVs have become a must-have accessory in the house. Not only can you use them as computer monitors, but they are the basis of all the entertainment in your home. However, you may end up with one that is not ideal for your current needs. The proverbial question, in this case, is between LED and LCD, which is better? Well, you are better off with an LED display as your primary television.
LCD stands for liquid crystal display, while LED refers to light-emitting diodes. Both screen types can employ liquid crystal technology to produce images. However, the most recent LED variations disregard the LCD option altogether. To better understand why you are better off with an LED television, here are the main differences.
Difference Between LCD and Led
These are what produce the illumination to maintain consistent brightness across the screen. A true LCD screen will use cold cathode fluorescent lamps to provide light to the screen. Consequently, the screen cannot show ‘true color’ as the lamps work as a unit instead of independently. For example, an LCD screen cannot show deep blacks in a movie as you cannot dim a single lamp.
Contrastingly, LEDs screens use independent light-emitting diodes to produce the light. Depending on the manufacturer, you can have full-array backlights where the LEDs are set in zones behind the screen. Screens with full array backlights offer the best viewing. Each zone can be dim independently depending on the image, and you achieve a picture with richer colors. The function is known as local dimming.
The other alternative is edge lighting LEDs, where the diodes are on the side of the screen. Unfortunately, you do not get local dimming on these TVs. Therefore, they are unsuitable if you want the full cinematic experience.
2. Screen Sizes
You may have noticed that screens are becoming thinner with every passing year. In fact, the record holder is an LED screen that is better know as Wallpaper. On the other hand, LCDs tend to be thicker due to the four zones that make the display. These include the backlighting, 2 LCD panels, and a glass screen to top it off.
Additionally, LED screens are some of the largest in the market. You can have screens as large as 105 inches so long as you have the budget for it. However, most LCDs max out at around 60 inches. The dual panels and fluorescent tubes make large screens virtually impossible as the TV will be too bulky.
3. The Angle of View
Unfortunately, attending the cinema this past couple of months is out of the question. However, if you have been in one, you could virtually sit anywhere in the theatre and still have a clear view of the film. LED screens offer you viewing angles of 165 degrees with no distortion to the image. This is unheard of in LCD screens, with many of them only limited to about 60 degrees. If you are a people person and enjoy having movie nights, an LED screen should be your choice.
4. Energy Consumption
Energy conservation is a hot topic in today’s society. Consequently, LEDs offer you the best energy savings imaginable. They require less power to produce light and save you up to 30% on your annual bill. Inversely, LCDs are extremely power-hungry in comparison. Depending on the model, they can consume the same power as your refrigerator and air conditioner combined.
5. Gaming Vs. Movies Vs. Online Streaming
Which do you enjoy most? Gaming, movies, or online streaming? What if you had the option of having all three? Well, that is the case with most LED screens. The most recent models offer all these functions to a near-flawless ability. TVs now come with graphics processing units and internal storage that supports all these functions.
Refresh rate and resolution are the aspects that determine picture quality. Resolution refers to the number of pixels that your TV is capable of displaying. On the other hand, the refresh rate refers to how quickly your TV responds to the images projecting to it from the graphics processing unit. LED TVs can reach resolutions of 3840 X 2160 with refresh rates of up to 120 Hz. These specifications are perfect for all the three functions above.
Unfortunately, you will need to compromise on one of these functions with an LCD TV. Additionally, not all LCD TVs come with smart TV platforms. The same may apply to purpose-specific LED monitors, but this is rare for premium brands. Regardless, LCD TVs that have smart platforms are still unable to reach the picture quality you will get from LEDs.
You may argue that the lifespan of a device depends on the user’s behavior. However, there is a manufacturer’s lifespan that is present on each device. Keeping this in mind, you can expect your LED TV to last you for up to 100,000 hours of usage in comparison to the 75,000 that LCDs offer. Therefore, if you plan for your kid to use the same in their college dorm, LED TVs are your viable choice.
7. Device Pricing
It is not all gloom for the LCD TV. Owing to them being the more recent technology, LEDs are slightly pricier than LCDs. Other factors that contribute to the higher pricing include an increase in functionality and the product’s longevity. You are less likely to pay your repairman a visit with an LED TV.
However, you can still score yourself a fantastic deal on an LED TV if you look in the right stores. Given the variety in models and technology, the price of LEDs continues to drop compared to when they first debuted.
Finally, it is clear that LEDs are the best TV choice for your home entertainment. Despite them costing slightly higher than LCD screens, you get more bang for the buck with them. Keep this in mind next time you are planning an upgrade to your entertainment room. Keep popping by for regular updates in the television world. You will find everything from how-to guides to buyers’ reviews.