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Plasma TV Vs LED TV: What is the Difference?

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Plasma TV offers the most outstanding contrast ratios, colour, and motion in high-definition television. The colour and brightness are controlled by the pixels, offering a more darkened element to the plasma TV, better angle views, and polished transformation.

Plasma TVs have a better image than LED TVs. Plasma televisions have better quality for viewing at an angle, making pictures at large scale viewing angles solid and vibrant.

A flat thin expanse or layer of minuscule individual plasma cells is used by plasma TVs to create an image with the application of an electrical charge. It can deactivate the light source completely off the screen segments.

This leaves some parts of the screen completely black, while other sections in dazzling colour. In terms of cost per size and quality, plasma television is largely more economical. However, plasma consumes more energy than LEDs, and it is heavier than LEDs in most situations.

LED TVs are the slimmest televisions. For wall improvement, they are excellent. Its low profile makes it appear more like a lovely painting, rather than setting up a home theatre. In place of fluorescent lamps, it utilizes liquid crystals and backlight from hundreds of light-emitting diodes.

The backlit LED quality level will adjust the luminosity, creating a blacker black. In terms of brightness, this great bright light, emitting diode backlit, rewarded LED its win over plasma.

It can be spread similarly to create a very thin frame at the back of the TV’s plate, or at the edges of the screen. This enables higher contrast ratios and lower consumption of energy.

The LED TV’s latest refresh rate of 120Hz and 240Hz was used to make the conversion rate quicker. The LED is as safe as a computer monitor to use. However, it is also safe to play video games on a plasma television.

The backlit is simpler to regulate than the plasma pixels, which gives an advantage to LED over Plasma. LEDs are, however, more costly than plasma and LCD televisions.

Differences: Plasma TV vs Led TV

Differences: Plasma TV vs Led TV


As a backlight to the LCD, LED HDTVs (properly known as LED-backlit LCD TVs) use light-emitting diodes (LEDs). Vertical or horizontal liquid crystals block some of this light, forming an image. It is not appropriate to confuse these with actual LED or OLED TVs.

Plasma HDTVs generate images using phosphors, tiny plasma containers positioned between two sheets of glass. These emit ultraviolet light on the screen at the coloured phosphorous spots, which then glow to produce the picture.


LED-lit LCD TVs, according to CNET, are the brightest available. They are capable of 100 foot-lamberts, but in a dark room, this is bright enough to cause eye exhaustion. Plasmas are less bright, so in a bright room, they can be harder to see and may fade with time.

Picture Quality

From a variety of angles, plasma TVs appear to have darker blacks and stable colour over the width of the screen, leading to cleaner, more realistic images than seen on LED-lit LCD displays. Plasma screens also display crisp, fast motion without ghosting or blurring.


Usually, LED-lit LCD TVs are more costly than Plasma TVs. A Panasonic LED-lit LCD 42-inch TV has been sold for $900 on Amazon.com, for example, while a Panasonic Plasma 42-inch TV costs $600.


Generally, HDTVs are extremely accurate. While they have not been in operation long enough to have detailed information on their long-term durability, LED-lit LCD TVs are considered to have a life span of 100,000 hours.

Users of Panasonic plasma TVs rated them highly effective, with very few serious issues, according to PC World. Just 1 among 20 Panasonic users reported a serious problem with their Televisions in 2010. There is a lifetime of 20,000 hours for older plasma TVs, but some newer TVs have up to 60,000 hours.


The simplest form of TV available is the LED-lit LCD screen. The size of the screen can be from a few inches to 90 inches. Normally, plasma displays vary from 42 inches to around 65 inches. Some larger models, including a 152-inch TV, are also offered by Panasonic. Plasma screens often weigh more than LCD screens that are LED-lit.


LCD screen TVs are the most famous, followed by LED-backlit screens (which are also LCD screens, by the way). In larger sizes, plasma screens are less uncommon and more widely available.

A search on Amazon.com for HDTV as of January 2013 reveals:

  • 1,274 LCD TVs
  • 712 LED-lit LCD TVs
  • 280 Plasma

LED-lit LCD TVs are offered by all the big TV manufacturers. Panasonic focuses its TV range on the Plasma TV, although only a few versions are manufactured by other companies, such as LG and Samsung. Also, others such as Sony and Toshiba, no longer manufacture Plasma TVs.

Sound Quality

Led TVs tend to have poorer sound quality as they are thinner (and so have smaller speakers).

Power Consumption

A plasma television consumes slightly more power than an LCD TV. Modern plasma displays are ranked highly by the Energy Star (US). On the other hand, LED-lit LCD TVs consume about 70 percent less electricity.


Plasma TVs have a minimum thickness of 1.2 inches, whereas backlit LCD TVs with LED edges are thinner than CCFL LCD TVs. Mostly, less than 1 inch.


Plasma TVs have a lifetime of around 20, 000-60,000 hours, while LED TVs have a lifespan of around 100,000 hours.

Contrast Ratio

Plasma TVs are better than LCD TVs. Darker blacks and somewhat dimmer whites are created by Plasma TVs, but most TVs are not set bright enough to harm contrast ratios.

On the other hand, LED TVs are worse than Plasma TVs. LCDs all produce brighter whites, but also brighter blacks. This can be mitigated by locally-dimmable LED-backlit LCD TVs to improve contrast ratios.

Viewing Angle

Viewing the Plasma TVs from angle look the same, while the brightness and colour differ significantly across the screen on LCD TVs, depending on the viewing angle.

Screen glare

Due to the internal reflection of their thick front glass, Plasma TVs have more glare than LCD TVs in brightly lit settings. Furthermore, LCD TVs with anti-reflective coatings (matte finish) have less glare than glossy LCD TVs.

Running temperature

Dynamically lit LCD TVs dissipate less heat compared to plasma TVs, and LED-lit LCD TVs dissipate less heat than other LCD TVs.


Unlike Plasma TVs, LED TVs are manufactured by all TV manufacturing companies

Screen Refresh Rate

Plasma TVs screen refresh rate is up to 600 Hz. Plasma TVs handle quick video movements, as well as old CRT TVs. The refresh rate of the screen is about 60-240 Hz on LED TVs, but LCD response times produce blur and ghosting, limiting true refresh rates to 20-100 Hz.

Performance in extreme conditions

The performance of plasma TV displays can be influenced by high altitudes (above 6500 ft) because the gas stored within each pixel is strained, and must work harder to perform. On the other hand, on LED TVs, low temperatures (below 50°F) will cause a reduction in contrast.

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