The Differences Between Plasma And LCD TVs

We’re all aware of these two types. You have your plasma TVs and your LCD TVs and they’re both similar but they’re also different at the same time. But few of us actually know what those differences are. If you want to make an informed decision, you should learn what these differences are so you can choose the type that’s best for you.

How plasma TVs work

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The technology of plasma television is based on the fluorescent light bulb. The display consists of cells within which two glass panels are separated by a narrow gap. In that gap, neon-xenon gas is injected and sealed during the manufacturing process. Tiny electrodes apply an electric current to the individual cells and cause the gas inside them to ionize. The ionized gas represents the plasma which emits high-frequency UV rays that cause the cells to glow in the desired color.

How LCD TVs work

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LCD TVs use a different technology. Their display consists of two transparent panels with a liquid crystal solution in between. A light source behind the panel shines through the display. Each liquid crystal acts like a shutter, either allowing light to pass through or blocking it.

The main differences between them

  • First of all, plasma TVs produce more vibrant colors. They render deeper blacks and have better color accuracy and saturation.
  • However, the image that a plasma TV produces is crisper in low or modern room lighting.
  • LCD TVs, on the other hand, offer a crisp and colorful picture even in bright light.
  • Plasma TVs are more susceptible to glare and this can be a real inconvenient if your interior design style doesn’t include heavy curtains or blinds.
  • LCD TVs are more energy-efficient. Because there are no phosphors that light up, less power is needed to operate the TV.
  • In addition, LCDs produce less heat than plasma TVs.
  • The life span of plasma TVs is considerably shorter than that of LCD TVs. A plasma will last around 20,000 to 60,000 hours compared to the 50,000 to 100,000 of LCD TVs.

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There are also differences related to aesthetics. Plasma TVs are usually thicker than LCDs. They are also heavier. This means they won’t look as good when mounted on the wall, plus, if the TV is really big, you may not even be able to do it.

You should also keep in mind that plasma TVs have become less popular over the years and only a few manufacturers are still producing them.