Wonder what the difference is between this new technology and LED flatscreen displays?
It’s actually quite simple…
LED and LCD televisions are flat-panel displays that utilize Liquid Crystal Display technology. The display has two layers of glass that are polarized and sandwiched together. The liquid crystals are held in one of these layers. These liquid crystals pass, or block the white backlight, to produce images on the screen when the electric current passes through it.
These crystals do not produce their own light. Located in back of the screen are millions of shutters arranged in a grid, which open and close to release and trap some of the light that is not needed to create images. Then each shutter is paired with a colored filter which produces a sub-pixel. These sub-pixels combine to create a single pixel that appears as a single spot of color on the screen.
The only difference between LED and LCD TVs is their source of light. In LCD TVs, the light comes from a series of fluorescent lamps at the back of the screen, the “backlight.” LED TVs use Light Emitting Diodes. With the help of these light sources, whether fluorescent or LED, the images created by the liquid crystals become visible to the viewer.
Also note there are two types of LED backlighting. One is referred to as Edge-lit, and the other is called Full-Array lighting. With Edge-lit lighting, the LED’s are arranged along the outside edges of the screen. When operating, the light is distributed evenly across the screen. This construction provides an aesthetically pleasing, very thin display cabinet.
In Full-Array lighting, there are several rows of diodes behind the entire surface of the display. They provide more discrete control over brightness and dimming, because the diodes can be turned on and off independently in sync with the video being displayed. This can provide an image with more control over the displays contrast.
LED TV’s are simply LCD TV’s with a different backlight system.
Benefits of LED over LCD:
Special note: OLED’s are coming, a special type of LED, but they’re not ready for mass production in large display sizes of 30″ or more as of this writing. More on OLED technology in a future article.
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