LED-vs-LCD What’s the difference between LCD and LED monitors?

Confused about LEDs and LCDs?

Here is every single detail that you need to know about both of them.

With every upgrade comes a lot of choice, in times like today with technology reaching out to wider areas when looking for a TV set or screen containing electronic item, OLED, HDR and other related terms are popular in providing flashy and vibrant visuals but some of us might consider an affordable option; that’s when LEDs and LCDs come into the main picture.

Have you been shopping for electronics say monitors or TV recently? Your display has gone dim and a little blurry too; this is when you need to replace it with a more modern and latest equipment.  The marketplace is studded with a very vast range of display options to choose the one that suits your needs best. You will be exposed to an array of LCD and LED screens but might face a dilemma as to which one is superior and excellent in functioning. Let us make us familiar with both and terms and guide you with pointers that differentiate the two.

LCD

The full form of LCD is ‘liquid crystal display’. It simply means that the display area of the monitor is comprised of a liquid layer held between two polarized glasses. The crystals get illuminated when the light carefully placed behind the liquid shines through the glassy material.

LED

‘Light-Emitting Diode’ is the full form of LED. LEDs are the most common source of light in almost all households and workplaces. Its application is not just limited to residential and commercial abodes but in traffic lights, laptop screens and even smartphones. Since decades, the LED lights have been put to use in clock radios and even in your remote controls. In displays and monitors, the LEDs are placed in the backlight that illuminates the liquid display.

Here is a fun fact for you, the most commonly found LED lights can be put to use to light up LCDs. This might be amusing yet confusing for you. LCD screens usually have fluorescent bulbs in the backend, while on the other hand, LED monitors uses LED lights in their back for illumination.

All about LCD

Strengths and Weaknesses
LCD monitors/screens are the most affordable and user-friendly option available in the market. Ever since its introduction, they have become a popular choice and are produced in such large numbers that the cost of production and cost of components have reduced drastically.

With the shift in technology, many manufacturers are neglecting the use of fluorescent backlighting but you may find some models still with that configuration. LCDs have a lifespan of comparison to an LED backlight. The fluorescent backlit monitors come with some negative traits like only a few of LCD monitors are capable of 4K support and many features are not compatible with this kind of screens. Fluorescent monitors are much heavier, bulky and tend to heat up also the light contains mercury which introduces the pollution cost when it is about to expire.

All about LED

Strengths and Weaknesses
LED monitors are much cooler, saves a lot of energy and are much thinner and lighter. In the long-run LED monitors are slimmer and much cheaper to run. The only drawback with these LEDs is that they will cost you more in the upfront.  With a bit of budget issue, this one has another issue of image retention usually known as ‘screen burn’ when compared to the LCD monitors. Weighing down the negatives, manufacturers of display industry have readily replaced LCD with the more modern LED as the dominating backlight solution. The touchscreens of your smartphone, tablets and even laptops are using LED lights for illumination. LED technology is a top-notch choice if you are looking for a high performing and well-lit 4K resolution display along with speedy responsiveness for gaming enthusiasts. The most important factor to consider is that these kind of devices are mercury free, eliminating the risk o pollution at the time of depositing off the device.