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The price difference between LCD and LED TVs has become almost too small to matter, and LED TVs are vastly superior.

With every home, the TV is one electronic item which is a must have. It has simply become a part of every household as it offers something for everyone, be it movies, sports and video games. However, it’s important to have an idea of what type of television you’re looking for before you step foot in an electronics store, as salespeople will be looking to upsell you at every opportunity. You’ll almost certainly be shopping for a flat-screen high-definition TV, and among those available today, the best on terms of power consumption, price and image quality are LCD and LED TVs.

Picture Quality

The quality of the picture presented in LCD vs. LED TVs is different. This is mainly as result of their making. They both have lighting at the back which produces the picture but how it is made is what bring the difference. An LCD TV has an incorporation of fluorescent which reflect the light on the liquid crystals. The blocking and allowing of light by the crystals is what presents the images. With an LED TV, the light comes from diodes which produce the picture. LED TVs are generally considered to have a higher picture quality because of the softer and more even brightness; an LED TV is far less likely than an LCD TV to have a corner or side that’s significantly brighter than the rest of the screen.


The greatest thing about shopping for a TV in the 2000s is that every year, a new technology appears and forces the prices of last year’s TVs down. Although LED TVs are newer and tend to be more expensive than LCD TVs, both are less expensive than the more recent 3-D and 4K HD TVs. If you opt to avoid these newer technologies, you can expect to find a satisfyingly large LED TV without breaking the bank. The massive Samsung 40-inch LED TV pictured at the top of this article costs about $500, for example.

Energy Efficiency

The original fluorescent-backlit LCD TVs were considered revolutionary when they first appeared on the market, making it possible to create an enormous TV that still managed to use less electricity than the CRT-based TVs of yore. However, an LED TV — being lit by diodes rather than long fluorescent bulbs — consumes less power still. Although purchasing an LED vs. an LCD TV may cost a bit more up front, it might actually save money in the long run when the cost of ownership is taken into account. At a size of 46 inches, you can expect an LED TV to consume about 50 watts less than an LCD TV.


If you intend to connect a game console to your LED or LCD TV, you can take comfort in the fact that once you get your new TV set home, you’ll probably be unable to see much of a difference between the two at all. In the past, both types of TVs were susceptible to “ghosting” — a blurred image resulting from liquid crystals unable to change color quickly enough to compensate for fast motion. Today, even the least expensive TVs tend not to have this problem. However, it should be noted that LED TVs tend to have a higher level of contrast when displaying dark scenes. In addition, some LED TVs have the ability to operate at a higher refresh rate of 100 Hz, which may give the appearance of smoother animation when gaming.