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LED vs. LCD TVs: What's the Difference and Which is Best for Me?

LED vs. LCD TVs: What's the Difference and Which is Best for Me?

Today's new TV displays are unlike ever before. With crystal-clear displays, internet connectivity and even 3D TVs, it's obvious why you would be in the market for a new TV to complete your home theater. One of the first questions many ask themselves is: what's the difference between LCD and LED TVs?

 

The first thing you should realize is that they both have the same type of screen. Both LCD (liquid crystal display) and LED (light-emitting diode) televisions use LCD displays. The difference is actually behind the screen, in the technology used to light up the image. LCD televisions use standard cold-cathode fluorescent lamps (CCFL) to light the screen from behind. LED televisions use LED lights.

What Are the Pros and Cons of LED and LCD TVs?

LED displays have a few significant benefits over LCD displays. Since LEDs are smaller than CCFLs, LED TVs can be made much thinner. LEDs are also more energy-efficient, which can save you money on your monthly electricity bill. LED screens typically offer better color contrast with deeper blacks, which are two important factors in determining how detailed an image can be. On a TV with poor contrast, part of the image may be covered up in shadows or washed out by bright light. Deep blacks are considered especially important in watching movies, so if you watch a lot of movies you might want to go with an LED TV.

 

The big advantage of LCD TVs is that they're less expensive. While they're less advanced than LED TVs, they have improved over the years and still provide a high-quality image. Some LCD screens may also offer an overall brighter image than LED televisions, making them a good choice for sunny rooms like the kitchen.

 

Different Options Available for LED and LCD TVs

If you decide on an LED LCD television (an LCD screen with LED lighting), you have a few different types to choose from. LED screens can be either backlit or edgelit. In backlit screens, the LEDs are behind the screen. Backlit screens allow for something called local dimming, which means that the TV can turn the LEDs on and off to create blacker blacks and greater contrast. A backlit LED TV combined with a sound system and Blu-ray player would be a great choice for a home theater.

 

In edgelit screens, the LEDs are on the side of the screen. Edgelit screens don't have the same contrast as backlit screens (although they are getting better), but they can be made extremely thin. This makes edgelit LED TVs perfect for small rooms and wall-mounting.

 

You may also have to decide between white LED versus RGB LED. White LED uses only one color of LED to light up the screen. RGB LED, on the other hand, uses three colors: red, green and blue. This allows RGB LED TVs to offer a broader range of color for a truly brilliant display. RGB LED TVs are not as prevalent as white LED TVs, but their broad color spectrum may make them worth looking for.

 

In the end, there's no one best type of television. It all depends on your needs, your preferences and your budget. Now that you know the difference between LCD and LED TVs, check out our great selection at Kmart. We offer top brands and models at budget-friendly prices.

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