LED Monitor Advantages

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LED Monitor Advantages
Monitors using LED lights have many advantages. (green led image by Albert Lozano from Fotolia.com)

LCD monitors have pretty much dominated the market for television and computer monitors since the decline of the older cathode ray tube monitors. However, LED lighted monitors are a newer and potentially better choice if you are in the market for a new monitor for your computer or television. Given that LCD monitors are made with fluorescent lights and LED monitors with LED diodes, there are numerous advantages that just may make an LED monitor a more sound investment.

Longer Lifespan

The fluorescent lights used in LCD monitors have a relatively short lifespan: after three to five years, your display may be noticeably dimmer than when you first purchased your monitor. Fluorescent lights deteriorate over time, and the monitors are not designed for easy replacement of failing lights. This means that when your monitor dims, you're likely stuck with the decision of purchasing a new one. While a fluorescent bulb may last approximately 10,000 hours, an LED bulb will likely last for more than 100,000 hours of usage.


Because LED monitors don't use fluorescent bulbs, they can be thinner and lighter than LCD monitors. The fluorescent bulbs are not only heavier, but larger and can make an LCD monitor much more bulky than an LED monitor. Also, side lit LED monitors are even thinner than LED backlit monitors and are much lighter and easier to manage if you need to move your monitor to another room.

Picture Quality

LED monitors outperform LCD monitors when it comes to picture quality in the areas of motion blurring and colour intensity. LCD monitors tend to suffer from an issue called "motion blur," where the image momentarily blurs in times of intense motion on the screen. Also, LCD monitors have a lower contrast ratio and colour gamut than LED monitors. The LED advantage with regard to colour is due to the fact that LED monitors use red, green and blue diodes that mix the light in correct ratios to obtain true-to-life colour. Also, contrast for blacks and darker colours is more crisp and true in an LED monitor since LCD monitors only attempt to block incoming light by "closing" pixels, and sometimes this light leaks. An LED monitor actually dims the appropriate diodes to create darker images.

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