LCD versus LED


Out on shopping for a good television for your room or living area but really confused? The shopping experience for a television is never easy. It is a task that drains out all the mental and physical power because of the number of options we have been made available with.

The latest trends in TV technology comprises of two main types: LCD TV and LED TV. And the confusion remains constant while choosing one out of these. The general question asked by many people while shopping for a TV is what is the difference between these two models?

That is because as a layman you might not be able to spot on the difference but technically they are hugely different in style and functioning. Let us see the differences and decide on which technology is better.

LCD tv

LCD Television

LCD stand for liquid-crystal display and an LCD television works on this phenomenon to showcase pictures to you. This phenomenon is based on the concept of filtering white light through a number of fluorescent lights and producing black and colored images on the screen. The light is produced by cold cathode fluorescent lamps (CCFL) that are made of liquid crystals which are placed at the rear of the screen. The image created is with high quality and a clearer effect. The sub-pixels created by the shutter and filters change the relative intensity of the light that passes through controlling the color shades.

Samsung LED Television

Samsung LED Television

On the hand other, the concept of an LED TV is based on taking an LCD TV to a completely new level. An LED TV is an LCD TV that brings in backlighting technology in place of CCFL technology. So now the images being displayed are produced from backlighting and not through fluorescent lights. This technology is also used in Smartphones. An LED TV is at a higher price range because of this reason. LED backlighting technology uses less energy while illuminating the screen using Light-emitting diodes making this concept more energy efficient and eco-friendly as compared to LCD TV technology.

The other point of differences while comparing an LCD TV with LED TV is seen in the dissimilarity in terms of screen uniformity, viewing angles, brightness, contrast ratio and black level. An LED TV is blessed with the brightest panel that ensures the screen sees the brightest and best image quality. With greater black level and contrast ratio it enables the viewer with more pragmatic and vibrant images as compared to a LCD TV. Another technology that adds to the better screen of LED is advanced local dimming technology. This helps in creating images that have high resolution greater than LCD and a better quality. The point where both LCD and LED technologies fail is the viewing angles. Until you are sitting or standing in front of the TV, you will not get a better viewing angle.


As a conclusion, both LED TV and LCD TV perform brilliantly in well lit rooms and have their pros and cons with functionality and features. Compared to the old plasma models, these two are very well off and endow us with a technology that it bigger and better and energy efficient. When we talk about the screens, both these technologies use the same screens that do not experience any internal burn in and provide a better experience with watching movies, gaming, or using your PC on to a bigger screen.

So at the end if you want a TV that has a backlit screen, an LED TV is the best option for you and if you do not want this feature then save your bucks and buy an LCD TV.