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LCD vs. LED Televisions Explained: What’s The Difference & Which Is Better?

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LCD vs. LED Televisions Explained: What’s The Difference & Which Is Better?

Televisions have eventually become a very powerful consumer electronic of today and the markets are full of different variants. They’ve all incorporated a lot of new and complex features along with exquisite designs to fit the demand and create newer possibilities. There are televisions with lower as well as sky high prices. However, we still aren’t aware of the basics: LED vs. LCD. Do you know what are these? And do you understand the use of these TVs? If not, then we are here to let you understand the concept of LCD vs. LED!


I don’t do the rocket science talk. We are going to simplify this, break it down minutely so that it’s easier to be absorbed. Moving on, let me tell you that when we specifically talk about televisions it all straight boils down to the display.

LED (light emitting diodes) is a flat panel display. Both LED and LCD TVs are “liquid crystal display”. How? Because the foundation technology is the same in both. They both have a pair of polarised glass. LED utilizes a light emitting diode as pixels for its pictorial display. However, LCD (liquid crystal display) use liquid-crystal displays to display the content.

Further classification of LED TVs brings us to its two prototypes. The edge-lighting and the array-lighting prototype. The edge-lit model has it’s light emitting diodes situated around the edges of the screen. While the television is functioning this light is then distributed across the complete screen. In the second prototype which is the “array-lighting” prototype the light emitting diodes are placed behind the entire screen. This ensures the user to have a more control over the brightness and dimness since these diodes can be turned on or off respectively.

LCD vs. LED Televisions

The major difference here is that LED differs from the generic LCD TVs.

1) LCD TVs use fluorescent lights while LED TVs function on the light emitting diodes.

2) In an LCD TV, the fluorescent light is behind the screen while in the LED TV the light emitting diodes can be either be placed around the edges of the TV or behind the screen.

3) LCDs are thin but comparatively, LEDs are thinner. How? Since you have two options to vary the light emitting diodes in an LED they can also be placed on the edges. This could ensure a thinner body.

4) Since LEDs are more “advanced” they may consume more power but could potentially ensure a better clarity and performance.

5) Distinguishing between an edge-lit LED and LCD we can conclude that LCD can possibly provide a better angular view. But it is not the same for a back-lit LED. Between a back-lit LED and an LCD obviously, the latter will come second in the matter of performance.

LCD vs. LED!

Some of the variants available in LEDs have their light emitting diodes in the back while the others have their light emitting diodes on the edges. A back-lit LED gives you a more refined angle display if compared to its edge-lit counterpart. A back-lit LED/ array light prototype lets you regulate the brightness or dimness. This helps you view the videos with a more intense black color as it blocks the light that intervenes the panels. In an edge-lit LED it’s different. You get to enjoy a “whiter” view compared to the fluorescent LED TVs.


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