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What is the Difference Between LCD vs. LED TV

  • Highlights

  • Evaluate the features of LED TVs and LCD TVs before buying

  • LED TV is energy efficient and uses top-notch technology

  • LCD TV has limited viewing angles and may be bulky

  • Buy LED TV or LCD TV on easy EMIs from the EMI Network

The market today is flooded with TVs and most brands selling top-notch televisions have unique features that make them stand out. Among them LED and LCD TVs have been the most sought after, thanks to the host of features they offer. Making the right pick, thus requires you to first have a clear understanding of the difference between the two. Take a look at the article to make an informed choice.

What is an LED?

A light-emitting diode or LED is a semiconductor that emits light each time an electric current is passed through it.

What is LCD?

LCD or liquid crystal display is a technology that blocks light rather than emitting it.

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LED TV vs. LCD TV: How are they different?

While the main LED and LCD difference lies in the technology the TV uses to project visuals on screen, each of the two technologies responds to projections and video in a different way.

Here’s what you must know about LED TV vs. LCD TV to make an informed decision.

Screen thickness

An LED TV, owing to the technology it uses, flaunts a thinner screen with sharper edges. On the other hand, the two-layer display technology adds bulk to an LCD TV.


Backlight is an important difference between LCD and LED TVs. An LED TV backlight comes in two ways: edge lighting and full array lighting. Unlike an LCD TV that uses CCFL for backlight, most LED TVs use ‘light guides’ to project pictures on the screen. For example: the latest LED Sony TV and LG TV use the edge lit with local dimming technology to present bright visuals.


When comparing LCD vs LED on the parameter of brightness, an LED TV stands out as a winner. This is because it appoints an individual dimming and backlighting system, which in comparison to LCD, makes your projections more defined, authentic, and closer to reality.

Contrast and colour

LED TVs have superior black levels and employ dynamic contrast mechanisms as compared to LCDs. Colour precision is also more defined in case of LED TV.

Viewing Angles

LCDs project clear pictures for up to 165 degrees, but projections tend to distort beyond this point. However, LED TVs are equipped to offer you better clarity at all viewing angles.

Energy Efficiency

LED TVs are more energy-efficient as these models use light emitting diodes (LED) for backlighting. These TVs consume less power as compared to cold cathode fluorescent lamps (CCFL), which most LCD TVs use. This results in a power savings of up to 30%.


Owing to the technology on offer, the price of LED TVs is higher as compared to LCD TVs. For instance, to buy an LED TV that is HD Ready, you will have to spend a minimum of Rs. 10,000 and the price will go up with an increase in screen size and technology. Smart TVs, for instance, come with a higher price tag.


The best part about an LED TV is that it can perfectly fit your space, however limited or expansive it may be, courtesy its versatile size and thickness. You can buy LCDs ranging between 13 and 57 inches in size and LEDs of up to 90 inches, based on the available space.

Types of LED and LCD TVs

The most common type of LCD TVs today is the flat screen; however, you can also get front projection LCDs that project an image onto a flat screen. When it comes to LEDs, the most common type is the Edge LED TV that spreads the light uniformly behind the screen. You can also find Dynamic RGB LEDs, which offer dimmer or brighter projections on certain areas, and Full-array LEDs that do not offer dimming or brightening of an individual area.

Which one is better: LCD or LED TV?

With this comparison, you must have realised that LED TVs are better than LCDs. However, when choosing a TV, understand your viewing requirement first, then choose what suits you the best. If playing games or watching films in high definition is your passion, then choose LED TVs over LCDs.

While you may have understood what display type to choose, here are other details to pay attention to when picking the right TV for yourself.

What is the ideal TV size?

The distance at which you sit to view the TV and the number of people viewing the TV at once determines the ideal size of a TV. Simply divide the viewing distance by 1.6 to get the ideal TV size for your room!

What is the future for LCD and LED TVs?

In the time to come, OLED technology is going to dominate the LED TV market. While some brands like Sony have already launched exceptional OLED TVs, more is yet to come. Unfortunately, LCD TVs will slowly vanish from the market owing to their cumbersome make and limited features.

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