LED vs LCD Technology in TVs

How to Buy an LED LCD TV

If you thought the biggest struggle facing you on your next television purchase was Plasma versus LCD, think again! LED technology is taking the home entertainment experience to a whole new level of perfection.

Here are some key things to consider when purchasing an LED TV:

What is an LED TV?

An LED TV is an LCD that uses LED backlights rather than fluorescent lights. LED technology is revolutionary because of the benefits it offers:

  • superior picture quality over traditional LCD TVs
  • use less energy than traditional LCD TVs which saves you money
  • are more sustainable ie. they don't use mercury
  • they look great and are able to be thinner than conventional televisions

Are There Different Types of LED TVs?

Yes - LED TVs range from Edge-lit LEDs to Full Back-lit LEDs:

  • Edge-lit LEDs - LEDs are positioned around the TV frame top and bottom edges and use a special diffusion panel to spread light evenly behind the screen. This technology typically allows designs to be ultra slim.
  • Edge-lit LEDs with Local Dimming – LEDs also positioned around the TV frame top and bottom edges with added benefit of local dimming to allow for deeper blacks, whiter whites and greater contrasts.
  • Full Back-lit LEDs (also called Full-Array) – LEDs are positioned in clusters across the entire back of the panel with local dimming* to deliver even greater control over light and dark colour levels.

* Be sure to ask if the Full Back-lit LED TV has local dimming to get the best LED picture. Models vary.

What Features Should I Consider When Shopping for an LED TV?

When shopping for an LED TV, you will need to be familiar with the language used. Each manufacturer may refer to their features using different terms; however some features run across all manufacturers. Key considerations include:

  • Edge-lit vs. Full Back-lit LED
  • budget
  • screen size
  • picture quality
  • local dimming
  • wireless ready
  • 3D ready
  • input connections – can it accommodate all your external devices ie. HDMI etc.?

Pixels are also an important consideration. For example, an LED with 720P has about 1 million pixels whereas a 1080P frame has double that at about 2 million. Double the pixels boils down to double the detail, which ultimately delivers a better picture. The best 1080P experience is delivered via Blu-ray (directly through HDMI cables) because the signal is uncompressed.

As leaders in the industry, LG's top of the line LED TVs boast a patented Full LED Slim backlighting technology that spreads segments of LEDs across the entire panel in a remarkably ultra-thin design. This revolutionary lighting technique results in the ability to control brightness, colour, and contrast to produce superior picture quality.

Also putting them ahead of the rest of the pack, LG Electronics INFINIA LED TVs are the first THX® certified line of LED TVs on the market today. This means that they are recognized in the industry for the cinematic-quality picture they produce enabling you to watch movies at home the way the director intended.

LG does a great job at keeping LED technology within the reach of the consumer with three tiers - LED, LED Plus, and Full LED Slim - designed to address different budgets and needs. Of course, models are available in different sizes to fit your space, but for many, purchasing decisions will also depend on their robust features like 3D ready, wireless ready, etc.

Confused? Take a quick look at the definitions of a few terms and features you might come across, before we introduce you to the sleek style of LG's LED TVs:

  • HD – High Definition
  • Internet TV – access to the Internet through your TV
  • Wireless Network – access your WiFi network with a small USB adapter
  • Wireless Ready Option – ability to wirelessly connect other media to your LED TV
  • Contrast Ratio – the measure of contrast between the brightest to darkest colours. A high contrast ratio is most desirable
  • TruMotion – LG's motion blur reducing technology
  • 3D Ready – able to properly display 3D images with the use of 3D glasses and a 3D Blu-ray player

LG Provides an Excellent Range of LED TVs to Suit All Needs and Price Points

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No matter what you're watching, whether it's movies, sports or shows, LG LED 3D TVs transform your entertainment experience by putting you right in middle of the action. Full LED and HD technology ensures that even when it's not in 3D, you're still getting spectacular 2D picture quality. And with the $1,000 savings offer of 2 pairs of 3D glasses and a FujiFilm Finepix Real 3D W3 camera, you can also create and capture your very own memories and then watch them all in 3D.

Get an exquisite picture from an impossibly thin TV. LG's full LED Slim technology delivers amazing clarity through local dimming while still allowing for a super slim display. Local dimming provides deeper black levels and outstandingly detailed pictures, by utilizing a full array of LED-light for more control over the light and dark colour levels. The top of the line LG Full LED Slim line promises ultimate energy efficiency and ultimate picture quality.

 
LG LX9500 LG LE8500
  • LG INFINIA™  - Revolutionary design, limitless content through the Internet and wireless access to break free from messy wires.
  • 3D Ready - Immerse yourself in your favourite movies, sports and games. Become a part of what you love.
  • Full LED Slim - Full LED Slim TVs deliver the best of both worlds. You get a more beautiful picture from an impossibly thin TV.
  • THX® Certified Display - Ensures you're bringing an uncompromised HD experience home – as the director intended.
  • DLNA Certified® - DLNA Certified® devices can share pictures, movies and files direct to your TV.

  • Screen Sizes: 47”, 55

Available at many Canadian retailers including Future Shop, Best Buy, Brault & Martineau, Visions, The Brick, Leon's, HBC and Tanguay.

  • LG INFINIA™  - Revolutionary design, limitless content through the Internet and wireless access to break free from messy wires.
  • Full LED Slim - Full LED Slim TVs deliver the best of both worlds. You get a more beautiful picture from an impossibly thin TV.
  • Full HD 1080P - Get nearly double the pixel resolution of standard HD with Full HD 1080p Resolution.
  • THX® Certified Display - Ensures you're bringing an uncompromised HD experience home – as the director intended.
  • DLNA Certified® - DLNA Certified® devices can share pictures, movies and files direct to your TV.
  • NetCast™ Entertainment Access - Get the Web's best entertainment and services direct to your TV from the Internet—no computer required.**

  • Screen Sizes: 55

Available at many Canadian retailers including Future Shop, Best Buy, Visions, Tanguay and Brault & Martineau.

**Disclaimer: Internet connection required and sold separately. Content varies by region.

 

LG's LED Plus technology provides even greater control of brightness through local dimming to deliver amazing clarity and colour detail, as well as a more energy efficient TV compared to conventional LED TVs. The added local dimming provides improved picture quality and energy efficiency by knowing when and where to control the dimming levels on the screen. As an intermediate choice, LG's LED Plus TVs deliver superior energy efficiency and superior picture quality.

 LG LX6500  LG LE7500 LG LE5500
  • 3D Ready - Immerse yourself in your favourite movies, sports and games. Become a part of what you love.
  • LED Plus: Edge-Lit LED with Local Dimming - LED Plus technology provides superior picture quality and detail, and uses less energy than traditional TVs - all in a slim package.
  • DLNA Certified® - DLNA Certified® devices can share pictures, movies and files direct to your TV.
  • NetCast™ Entertainment Access - Get the Web's best entertainment and services direct to your TV from the Internet—no computer required. **
  • Wireless 1080p Ready - Cut loose from messy wires and still get a stunning Full HD picture.
  • Screen Sizes: 42”, 47”, 55

Available exclusively at Future Shop.

  • LG INFINIA™ - Revolutionary design, limitless content through the Internet and wireless access to break free from messy wires.
  • LED Plus: Edge-Lit LED with Local Dimming - LED Plus technology provides superior picture quality and detail, and uses less energy than traditional TVs - all in a slim package.
  • NetCast™ Entertainment Access - Get the Web's best entertainment and services direct to your TV from the Internet—no computer required. **
  • Wireless 1080p Ready - Cut loose from messy wires and still get a stunning Full HD picture.
  • TruMotion - 120 Hz – Bring extra sharp detail to even the fastest moving scenes.
  • Screen Sizes: 42”, 47”, 55

Available at many Canadian retailers including Future Shop, Best Buy,Visions, Brault & Martineau, DuMoulin and Tanguay.

  • LED Plus: Edge-Lit LED with Local Dimming - LED Plus technology provides superior picture quality and detail, and uses less energy than traditional TVs - all in a slim package.
  • DLNA Certified® - DLNA Certified® devices can share pictures, movies and files direct to your TV.
  • NetCast™ Entertainment Access - Get the Web's best entertainment and services direct to your TV from the Internet—no computer required. **
  • Wireless 1080p Ready - Cut loose from messy wires and still get a stunning Full HD picture.
  • TruMotion - 120 Hz – Bring extra sharp detail to even the fastest moving scenes.
  • Screen Sizes: 42”, 47”, 55

Available at many Canadian retailers including Visions, The Brick, Leon's, 2001 Audio Video, Centre Hi-Fi,Dumoulin, Brault & Martineau and HBC.

**Disclaimer: Internet connection required and sold separately. Content varies by region.

 

LG's Edge-lit LED technology delivers amazing clarity and colour detail, and is more energy efficient than typical LCD TVs. You won't go wrong with the LG LED starting line for picture quality and energy efficiency.


 LG LE7300
 
LG LE5400
 
LG LE5300
  • LG INFINIA™ - Revolutionary design, limitless content through the Internet and wireless access to break free from messy wires.
  • Edge-Lit LED - LG's Edge-lit LED TVs deliver amazing clarity, colour, and energy efficiency compared to conventional TVs.
  • TruMotion - 120 Hz – Bring extra sharp detail to even the fastest moving scenes.
  • Full HD 1080p - Get nearly double the pixel resolution of standard HD with Full HD 1080p Resolution.
  • 5,000,000:1 Contrast Ratio: Experience deeper blacks and richer colours.
  • Screen Sizes: 42”, 47”, 55

Available exclusively at Future Shop.

  • Edge-Lit LED - LG's Edge-lit LED TVs deliver amazing clarity, colour, and energy efficiency compared to conventional TVs.
  • DLNA Certified® - DLNA Certified® devices can share pictures, movies and files direct to your TV.
  • NetCast™ Entertainment Access - Get the Web's best entertainment and services direct to your TV from the Internet—no computer required. **
  • TruMotion - 120 Hz – Bring extra sharp detail to even the fastest moving scenes.
  • Screen Sizes: 42”, 47”, 55”, 60

Available exclusively at Best Buy.

  • Edge-Lit LED - LG's Edge-lit LED TVs deliver amazing clarity, colour, and energy efficiency compared to conventional TVs.
  • TruMotion - 120 Hz – Bring extra sharp detail to even the fastest moving scenes.
  • Full HD 1080p - Get nearly double the pixel resolution of standard HD with Full HD 1080p Resolution.
  • Energy Star 4.1 Rated - ENERGY STAR qualified TVs use about 30% less energy than standard units.
  • 3,000,000:1 Contrast Ratio: Delivers both the vivid deep dark colours you're looking for.
  • Contrast Ratio : 3 000 000:1*
  • Screen Sizes: 19", 22", 26", 32", 42", 47", 55"

Available at many Canadian retailers including Future Shop, 2001 Audio Video, Brault & Martineau, DuMoulin, The Source, The Brick, Sears, Walmart, HBC, Tanguay, Centre Hi-Fi, Leon's and Visions.

**Disclaimer: Internet connection required and sold separately. Content varies by region.

Are you salivating yet? Take a closer look at LG's incredible style and technology offered in their LED TVs here.


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