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LED vs. LCD: Know the Basic Difference


 LED monitors are all the rage in today’s technical world. But a lot of confusion prevails about this new variant of monitors amongst consumers, especially LCD monitor owners. Read on to know the prime differences between LED and LCD monitors.

 Although the main mechanism of display is almost identical in both LED and LCD monitors, yet they might differ from each other in the backlighting mechanism. LED monitors are based on emitting light diodes, whereas LCD is based on fluorescent lamps. LED monitors offer higher display quality because of their backlighting. Monitors using LCD technology depend on external lighting to create their image and display colors through control of light passing through polarized liquid crystals. LCD monitors function by having a fluorescent bulb or tube behind the liquid crystal display; it can adjust coloration but does not give any kind of light. On the other hand, LED monitors offer much more gradation and more intense lighting. They also offer much more dynamic contrast ratio as compared to LCD monitors.

 There are two types of backlighting techniques in LED monitors: RGB dynamic LED and Edge LED. The RGB dynamic LED is used in monitor screens and the Edge LED is used in the monitor rim, which helps light to diffuse on the screen. This is the reason why Edge LED monitors are slimmer than standard LCD monitors.

 Not only is the quality of display in LED much superior, it also consumes lesser electricity. On account of power consumption, LED monitors are more preferred over LCDs as they use lesser power. LED monitors are becoming more popular amongst consumers as they use just 0.15 watt in standby mode and about 20 watts while displaying images. In other words, they use 40% less power than LCD monitors. This power saving is attributed to the low power demanding light diodes used in LED monitors as compared to fluorescent cathode lamps. They are not only friendly to your power bills but also to dear to your eyes due to absence of mercury in the manufacturing process. Since mercury isn’t used for their production, they are also eco-friendly and greener than LCD monitors.

 As the LED monitors are softer to the eyes, people who work on computers for hours at a stretch are choosing LED monitors over LCDs as their desktop monitor. The only reason why the LED monitors are not a big hit in the market is their high price factor. Being a new and innovative technology, the manufacturing cost is very high as compared to that of its rival, that is, LCD monitors. Once the manufacturing cost is lowered, it will surely have its presence everywhere. Those not worrying about the price tag will certainly opt for LED monitors. It is very obvious that something superior in quality is bound to be a tad more expensive; so pay more, get more.

 LED monitors are gaining a lot of ground in spite of being on the high end of the price spectrum. There obviously is a long way to go before we find these new innovative technological marvels in every house and office. But with the promises that these advanced monitors hold, they surely have the potential to replace LCD monitors.

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