LED vs. LCD: What's the difference?

Aug 12, 2021 11:15:00 AM / by Aidan Salmeron

When deciding between an LED or LCD display, it is crucial that you consider important questions that will lead you to selecting the best display for your space. You should begin to ask yourself, what’s the best option for my price range? Which option will best suit my needs? How can the display I choose improve my space? What level of clarity do I need for my content? Understanding the difference between LED and LCD is key to choosing the best display for you. We are here to answer all your questions.  


What is an LCD display? 

You have seen LCD countless times at an electronics store, on Amazon, or even 
LCD Display Graphic-2in your workplace. Liquid Crystal Display (LCD) is a display technology that is used in monitors, televisions, mobile devices, and other common pieces of technology. With the power of the screen and fluorescent backlight, LCDs produce an image by illuminating liquid crystals with the fluorescent backlight that are embedded in the display screen. For individuals looking for a more cost-effective, vibrant display, LCD proves to be a reliable solution with a comprehensive set of possibilities.


What is an LED display?

Light-Emitting Diode (LED) has reframed the modern standard of screen displays and
LED Display Graphic-1has commandeered a significant piece of the market share for displays. LED is a screen
display technology that uses light emitting diodes instead of a fluorescent backlight to produce an image on the screen. LED displays utilizes an LCD screen equipped with light emitting diodes instead of fluorescent lights. Although LCDs and LEDs share defining technological similarities, they also share many differences that can make or break your choice between an LCD or LED display.


LCD Displays vs. LED Displays


Higher cost option

Lower cost option
Energy Efficiency

Energy efficient option, requires less power due to the light emitting diodes

Uses up to 30% more energy than LED due to the fluorescent backlight

50,000 hours on average

30,000 hours on average

LED offers a slim design and an average screen size of up to 98 inches

LCD offers a wider design to fit the fluorescent backlight and an average screen size of 48 inches

RGB (Red, Green, Blue) color combination

RGB (Red, Green, Blue) color combination

Enhanced black color contrast, however, smaller viewing angles

Unable to display a true black color, however, offers wider viewing angles
4K Compatibility

Supports 4K compatibility

Supports 4K compatibility

Seldom suffers from burn-in

Does not suffer from burn-in


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Aidan Salmeron

Written by Aidan Salmeron

Aidan is a marketing analytics student possessing digital marketing expertise with a wide variety of companies.