Which Type of TV is Better: UHD or LED?

Choosing a TV just seems to get more and more complicated. Don’t get us wrong - choice is great. But with all those abbreviations flying around - LCD, LED, OLED, ‘full’ HD and ‘ultra’ HD (or UHD) - it is easy to get lost in all of the technical detail.

For the purposes of this blog, we thought we’d focus on two of these terms - LED and UHD. Just so we all know exactly what we’re talking about, UHD stands for ultra high definition, while LED is short for light-emitting diode.

LED technology is found in all sorts of types of display, from computer screens to public digital messaging boards. Along with plasma and liquid crystal displays (LCDs), LED was key to the emergence of flat screen TVs in the late 1990s, which marked a significant break from the bulky, curved screen TV sets of old that were built around cathode ray tubes.

20 years on, and TV manufacturers are keen to promote the idea that we’re seeing another stepchange in the evolution of screen technology. Nowadays, if we put aside the development of smart TVs for the moment, much of the talk around the best TVs to buy centres around display definition, with so-called ‘4K UHD’ the current standard. 

As a result, it is not uncommon to hear advice such as ‘don’t bother with LED screens anymore, just go for UHD instead’. But just how useful is this when looking for a new TV set?

Clearing up confusion

It is actually misleading to try to compare LED and UHD TVs, because they refer to two completely different things. LED is the technology which lights up a screen; UHD is a description of the image quality the screen delivers. In fact, the majority of ultra-high definition TVs available on the market do, in fact, feature LED screens.

Confused yet? Let’s try to break it down further. UHD is a measure of screen resolution, which in itself is one factor that influences the quality of picture your TV delivers. For many years, the industry standard for ‘high definition’ or HD screens was a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels per screen.

That, however, has now largely been supplanted by the ‘UHD’ resolution of 3840 x 2160 pixels, which means there are roughly four times as many pixels on the screen - or four times the image definition, four times the level of detail captured, four times the sharpness.

LED technology is perfectly capable of achieving 4K UHD resolutions, particularly in so-called ‘full array’ set ups where LEDs are located across the rear of the entire screen, rather than just at the edges as is common with lower cost sets. While other types of backlighting technology, such as OLED and quantum dots, are pushing conventional LED set ups hard on image quality, full array LED sets can easily deliver 4K UHD.

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*The information in this blog is designed to provide helpful information on the subjects discussed. Please seek a professional for expert advice as we can not be held responsible for any damages or negative consequences upon following this information.

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