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October 29, 2013

In today's fast-paced lifestyle, almost no one cares about watching TV. The fact is a lot of gizmos and gadgets compete for our attention that we sometimes forget that yes there is a TV in our living room waiting to be turned on. Aside from scores of smartphones with TV capabilities, streaming media providers such as Netflix are on the rise. That's why a person on the go could now care less about absence of TV at home so long as an Iphone or android device is within reach. Still, nothing compares to a real television unit that you get to view on the couch after a day's work.

Generation of today is lucky because we get to watch TV in a more convenient way compare to television watching decades ago. Not only does our favorite home entertainment appliance take on a thin flat ergonomic body frame, it has also evolved into a smaller theater projector screen as what the two of today's television screens, LCD and LED, show. But the question is: Which is better, LCD or LED television? Do you know that LED TV is actually LCD TV? To arrive at the answers to these questions, first, we ought to understand how TVs became what they are today.

The evolution of television from its antiquated furniture style look of 1960's to the ultralight, ultramodern compact interior d├ęcor akin to an elegant oversized photo frame is so wondrous.

During the 1960's, families gathered around this wooden and metal movable with bunch of protruding rotatable controls for volume adjustment and channel selections. The television console broadcasted black & white programs back then.

1980's saw the surge in colored televisions which came in portable plastic and metal boxes without those visible rotatable parts, thanks to remote control which was invented in the '50s but started to become integral component of TV manufacturing only during the '80s. Interestingly, the first color LCD TV was released in 1983. It was a handheld device and it never gained popularity. Buyers preferred to watch television programs in the bigger traditional cathode ray tube television set.

In the 1990s, the first color plasma TV was released to the market. It was 1997, but during that time, it was designed for upscale market. It only became affordable for general public during 2000s. Plasma monitor was developed in the 1960's. The first flat screen TV was introduced in 1998.

The rise of LCD and LED televisions

LCD TVs become prevalent as the new millennium entered. CRT or cathode ray tube TV lost its popularity in international market and in 2007 eventually LCD TV topped global sales.

LCD based television is the TV unit with its display dependent on Liquid Crystal Display. An LCD built TV functions in the fundamental of blocking light not emitting it. So, compare to Plasma TV, LCD TV is superior when it comes to power consumption as it consumes less energy.

LED TVs are actually LCD TVs. They are aptly called LED LCD TV, shortened term for "LED-backlight LCD TV" which explains why it is called as such. LCD TV and LED TV differs on their backlighting. LCD television uses Cold Cathode Fluorescent Lamps (CCFL) as backlighting while LED television utilizes Light Emitting Diodes to illuminate the screen.


CCFL tubes which regular LCD TV uses are bigger than the Light Emitting Diodes used in LED based TV. In this aspect, LED TV is thinner and lightweight compare to LCD TV.

Power consumption. Light Emitting Diodes consume less energy while CCFL display technology load more current to perform well. In this regard, LED TV is a way to go if you want to save on electric bills.

Viewing flexibility. LCD TV viewing is convenient only if you're facing the television 90 degrees. Picture gets blurred as you change viewing angle. LED backlighted LCD TV adjusts as you move from side to side and still gives crystal clear picture to a person viewing at any angle. In this area, again LED TV wins.

Final Thought

Television is one important appliance that greatly influenced households in wide spectrum of human lives. We use refrigerator as it is. But we don't learn anything about TV from a refrigerator as we learn so much about improved and proper refrigerator usage from watching a lifestyle program on a TV channel. It is in watching TV in a passive way that we get to discover new things such as newly discovered tropical destination. Unlike in web browsing where you need 100 percent attention, you can be informed by just turning on a TV while preparing your family's dinner. On the entertainment side, wide screen TV monitor can replace movie watching especially if your family is in cost cutting mode. The value in helps a television delivered is so enormous compare to the value in money paid in buying it. So why compromise the full viewing satisfaction in exchange for that difference in the price tags? It pays to get the picture crystal clear.
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