LED vs. OLED Television – What’s the Difference?

Consumers that are in the market for a new television have a lot of options from which to choose.  There are many different models, sizes and features and it can be pretty confusing for consumers to determine what type of TV will best suit their viewing needs.  If you are looking at different television technologies you will likely come across both LED televisions and OLED televisions.  But, what is the major difference and which is best for you?  Below we explore the differences and how to choose the right television for your home.

LED vs. OLED Televisions


LED stands for “light emitting diode” and OLED stands for “organic light emitting diode.”  LG explains the science and technology behind LED and OLED televisions and what their primary differences are, “Basically, LED TVs produce a picture by using LED backlights to illuminate a Liquid Crystal Display instead of using the CCFL backlighting found in traditional LCD TVs. But neither backlights nor liquid crystal displays are needed for OLED. Instead, OLED uses an organic substance that glows when an electric current is introduced. This revolutionary material creates superior color reproduction, and allows individual pixels to switch off while others are on – allowing for true blacks and superior contrast. OLED technology also reduces the thickness and weight of the TV – creating TVs with ultra-thin, sleek forms.”

Feature Showdown

  • LED: Television display is brighter with LED than with OLED
  • LED:  There are more large-size LED television options than OLED, though that is rapidly changing.
  • LED: LED televisions tend to have a longer lifespan than OLED televisions.
  • OLED:  Contrast and overall display clarity are far better on an OLED television.
  • OLED:  The black level on OLED is far superior to that of an LED and can actually produce a true black on the screen, unlike an LED.
  • OLED:  You can view the television from any angle and not lose an display quality with an OLED which is not the case with an LED where you will experience diminished display quality when you are off-center from the television.
  • OLED:  OLED televisions require far less energy to run and thus consume less energy than LED televisions over their lifespan.

Final Verdict

OLED picture quality is unmatched and is far superior to that of an LED display.  Further, its lighter, thinner appearance is more desirable to many homeowners.  Though they are continuing to come down in price, they are more expensive than LED televisions.  Make no mistake; LED televisions are still a great choice for many homeowners.  But, if you are a homeowner looking for the best picture quality, latest technology, and sleekest profile, you cannot beat an OLED television.

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