Among LCD, Plasma or LED Flat Panel, What Would Be The Best Choice?
While Plasma has had more years to develop, the recent spate of problems faced by Plasma displays such as ghosting and burn in may have put this type last on the list. Add to that is the fact that Japan’s Panasonic has been reportedly pulling the plug on their Plasma TV production. Sources inside Panasonic said that the exit is planned to be complete by end of March 2014.
This development is said to be the end of a golden era for Japan’s display manufacturing industry. A story from Reuters mentions the demise of the Plasma TV was due to the tide of red ink that resulted from television operations. Unfortunately Panasonic has had billions of dollars in lost revenue in the past 2 years.
LCDs On Par With Plasma TV
So with Japan’s Plasma TV out, LCDs seem to be the one taking the reins. LCD panel manufacturers developed lower-power consumption and thinner panels. LCD panels have had their share of problems as well but nothing that cannot be addressed so far. LCD and Plasmas are on par with each other as LCDs are now being made for large screen sizes. This – large screen, was the domain of Plasmas.
On the other hand, LEDs are simply LCD panels that have LED edge lights which provide the illumination for the LED panels. Unfortunately, while LEDs have taken TV display with ”sleek” and “slim” features, LEDs have yet to prove their edge-lit panels that seem to have a tendency of glowing from the four corners of the TV after about two hours of usage.
LCDs: King Of The Hill
LCD technology remains king of the hill with Panasonic still holding its strength in LCD production. LCDs have a lot of advancements in TFT design, backlights and resolution.
CRT TVs or flat panel’s life is known by the term “half-life”. This refers to the time it takes for the screen to dim down to half of its full brightness. The LCD’s screen is lit up by a conventional bulb type that rules over the life of the panel. This means between 30,000 to 60,000 hours which is equivalent to about 28 years of 6-hours per day of viewing.
With LEDs, half-life translates to about 60,000 to 80,000 hours which is equivalent to 32 years of normal 6 hours daily viewing. This is an edge for the LED panels that made it quick to catch up with LCDs in terms of sales performance.
Replacement Spare Parts
The core of flat panels is the source of illumination. It is the most important component that would need replacement over time. The only downside to this is that the replacement part would cost pretty much the same amount as a brand new LCD or LED. This is the same trait observed in Projector type LCD replacement lamps. Other than the lamps, the only other component that might need replacing would be the remote control. The LCD or LED TV panels are not known to have problems that are not associated with power surges or violent usage.
Is it therefore safe to say that LCDs are the best choice for entertainment hungry customers?