Wondering whether to get an LED TV or an LCD TV? How about a Plasma TV? Learn what the differences and benefits are here.
LED TVs use LED lighting to illuminate the pictures on-screen. This form of lighting makes a big difference to the look and energy efficiency of a TV, offering a slim-line form of illumination that is designed to consume much less power than standard light sources. Thanks to the compact design of the LED lights, LED TVs can offer the most contemporary, sleek and slim designs available. They can also provide greater contrast ratios, capturing and displaying the vividness of each colour in the on-screen picture.
The LED lighting of back-lit LED TVs is positioned directly behind their screens, helping to illuminate the on-screen images more evenly, so that no unsightly hotspots develop.
Designed to offer LED lighting along the edges of their screens, edge-lit LED TVs are generally made with slimmer bezels. However, the positioning of the lights can affect the clarity of the on-screen image, and in some cases, it can lead to the creation of hot spots.
LCD TVs work by shining light through a panel of tiny liquid crystal cells, which are designed either to block or expose light, depending on the lighting requirements of the picture on-screen. The predecessor of LED TVs, these models tend to offer bulkier and less energy efficient designs, it’s effectively a discontinued TV type that’s been superseded.
Plasma TVs were renowned for their fast refresh rates, which are ideal for keeping up with high speed action footage, offering smooth and rapid transitions between the images. However, the latest LED TVs are now designed to rival their refresh rates in a much sleeker slimmer body, so new Plasma TVs are no longer available.