The Skinny Behind LED Flat Screens

LCD, LED, and plasma televisions may seem identical in the store, but the similarities end once you look past the thin form factor and big screens.

Plasma televisions employee a sheet of individual plasma cells which creates a picture when an electrical charge is applied. LCD televisions use liquid crystal compressed between two glass plates; an image is created when electricity is applied to the crystals. LED televisions also use liquid crystal, but unlike regular LCD TVs, they use a backlight made of hundreds of LEDs (light-emitting diodes) instead of a fluorescent lamp. Which technology is better? All have pros and cons depending on your room and its aesthetics.

Currently LED TV’s are getting a lot of exposure because they are so thin.  The technology to make the TV so thin employs LED side lighting that allows manufacturers to move the lighting electronics to the side as opposed to directly behind the LCD screen.  Although novel, a thin TV is cool for about 5 minutes.  Practically, a more important question is does an LED LCD TV’s picture look better.  The answer to that is yes.  LED LCD’s allow brighter contrast and deeper blacks than conventional fluorescent LCD’s.  Is it worth the extra thousand dollars that similarly price LED TV’s are commanding? That’s up to you.  There is a cheaper option.  There are LED LCD’s that keep the LED’s behind the LCD screen so they are as thick as a conventional LCD but only about $300 more.

We would love to talk to you about some of the finer points in picking the right TV.