LED Vs. LCD Televisions

tv view clip artI recently started looking for a small flat-screen television to put in our upstairs game room.  I expected to be looking through the traditional LCD and Plasma options when I noticed a third option, LED.  What?  Let me state for the record that I've only bought two TV's in the last two years, and those were purchased after I had two previous TV's for approximately 12 years each.  I still have a humongous 36in. tube television upstairs.  It still works, but it takes up so much physical space I'm considering replacing it.  While I consider myself somewhat of a techie, it doesn't always extend to television technology.  

So, back to the LED.  How does it compare to a LCD?  Well, it doesn't because there really is no comparison to make.  All LED TV's are actually LCD TV's.  I know, I know, you're scratching your head now.  Let me explain.  There are two types of LCD tv's.  That's right, two different LCD options.  They are both based on how the LCD tv is backlit.  One option is the traditional LCD backlit by cold cathode fluorescent lamps (CCFL).  The other is a LED-LCD tv backlit by LED lights.  The LED backlight option provides for more exact colors and deeper black contrast.  Check out more information at LEDvsLCD.com

If you're in the market for a new LCD tv, be sure and ask the sales associate about what options are available and how they might impact your wallet.