Are you looking for a comparison of LCD vs LED television sets?  Well you’ve come to the right place.  In this article I’ll bread down the differences between the two so you can make an informed decision before you purchase a TV for your home.  Let’s start by attempting to clear up a common misconception.  There is no such thing as a purely LED TV.  Any TV which is not a plasma is in fact an LCD TV.  LCD stands for Liquid Crystal Display, and LED TV’s are all LCD’s as well.  The difference between what is commonly called an LCD and what is called and LED is in how the screens are lit up, or “backlit”.  An LCD TV is backlit by fluorescent lights, and an LED TV is backlit by, you guessed it, LEDs.  LED stands for Light Emitting Diode, and it is a much newer technology than fluorescent lighting, which is why LED TV’s have not been around for as long as LCD TV’s.

With that settled, we’ll list the Pros for each type of TV:


Cheaper – LCD TV’s in general will be cheaper than an LED TV of the same size, resolution, etc.  This means that a 37” 1080P LCD will, in most cases, be cheaper than a 37” 1080P LED TV.

And that’s about it!  LED’s are superior in every other way.  But I will break it down for you anyway.


Sharp picture – The picture on an LED TV will be much sharper than on a comparable LCD TV.

Viewing Angle – The viewing angle is much better on LED than it is on LCD.  This means that you can be sitting much more off-center from the TV and still get a great picture.  This isn’t a big deal when you’re watching by yourself, but if you have a big group of friends over to watch the game on your new TV you’ll notice this!

Thickness – LED TV sets are much thinner than LCD.  This is because the LED’s are much smaller than the Compact Fluorescents that LCD’s use.  This will allow you to mount your TV much closer to wall, resulting in a slim, sleek look.

Weight – LED’s are also much lighter than LCD’s again due to the difference between LED’s and compact fluorescents.

Refresh Rate – the refresh rate refers to how many times a given picture in the video signal will be shown in one second before the display refreshes and brings in a new pixel image.  When measuring refresh rate, higher is better.  The old standard was 60Hz, but newer sets are 120Hz or even higher.  A little known fact for you is that for any TV under 37 inches the human eye can’t tell the difference between 60 or 120.  The screen is simply not big enough for it to matter.  For anything over 37 inches though be sure to go with at least 120Hz.

Resolution – This is the numbers you always see.  720P, 1080i and 1080P are the 3 most common, and they go in that order in terms of lowest resolution to highest.  There are a few facts I want you to know about this as it can save you a lot of money when you purchase a TV.  Again, for any TV under 37 inches the human eye cannot tell the difference between 720P and the higher resolutions.  So if you’re buying a smaller TV save your money and buy a 720P model.  Also, Cable and Satellite TV companies only broadcast in 720P!  So even the HD channels do not get any higher than that.  However, blu-ray players, PS3s, XBOX 360s all do use 1080P so if you’re getting a TV over 37 inches and will be using something like those then it’s worth it to go for 1080P.

Power Consumption – LED TV’s use much less power than either LCD’s or Plasmas.  On average it’s less than half.  So you’ll definitely save money on your power bill with an LED over the other types.

So, as you can see, overall LED TV’s are superior to LCD’s in almost every way, which makes sense as it is the newer technology.  Now that you’re educated, you’ll know which TV to buy and can help your friends when they’re comparing LCD vs LED Television Sets.