Advantages of Plasma TVs

Why choose plasma TVs over LCD/LED TVs?

LCD or "liquid crystal display" televisions have become extremely popular, and one of the key things you need to do if you're in the market for a new TV is understand LCD vs. plasma technologies. Each technology has inherent advantages and limitations, and you need to weigh these against the price to decide which display technology is right for you.

First, what is LCD? Liquid crystal display televisions use two layers of display materials, which are fused together. One of these layers contains liquefied crystals, which emit light when paired with fluorescent bulbs. When electrical current passes through the individual liquid crystals, light can be passed in varying intensities or blocked altogether. This passing and blocking of light is what creates the display you see on the screen.

Why Choose LCD Technology?

Compared to plasma TVs, LCD TVs offer a number of inherent advantages, including:

  • Cooler running temperatures. Plasma TVs can get very hot when they're been running for extended periods of time, in large part because they consume more electricity. LCD TVs, on the other hand, consume less power, and therefore generate less heat. This is part of the reason they enjoy longer average lifespans, since excessive heat can damage the TV's working components over time.
  • Low reflectiveness. LCD TVs have lower reflectiveness than plasma TVs, which means you'll experience less screen glare.
  • Superior brightness. Because LCD TVs generate brighter displays, you can view the picture more easily if you're watching in a brightly lit or sunny room.
  • Lighter weight. LCD TVs weigh considerably less than plasma TVs, giving you greater freedom in terms of television placement. You can mount an LCD TV on the wall fairly easily, and without worry about its stability. While plasma TVs weigh far less than old CRT TVs, they're still heavier on average than LCD models.
  • Extended display life. While plasma TVs have made major improvements in terms of display life in recent years, LCD TVs are still considered superior in this regard and tend to have longer average lifespans than their plasma counterparts.

LCD TVs also consume considerably less electricity than plasma TVs, so if you watch a lot of television and you're trying to conserve energy, they are a better choice.

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