Monday, April 5, 2010

How Green is Your Screen?


If you’re going to watch TV, you might as well help the planet while you’re at it. There’s a new way to make your TV time more energy efficient. LED HDTVs deliver unparalleled picture quality and enhanced connectivity while also helping you reduce your carbon footprint with the reduced power consumption of the LED screen. Using Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs) as its primary light source--rather than traditional Cold Cathode Fluorescent Lamps (CCFL)--this cutting edge HDTV also offers the benefits of an ultra-high contrast ratio. Full HD, or 1080p, contains 1.5 times more scanning lines than conventional HD TVs. More scanning lines mean more pixels, more details and a better picture. LED technology enables a true-to-life range of picture brightness while using 40 percent less energy than conventional LCD TVs.

Now, since I’m one cheap momma, I wanted to know if going green would be more expensive. When I compared the cost of a 32-inch LED to an LCD and factored in the savings on energy consumption, it would take 9 years to break even on a 1080p unit and 4 years on a 720p unit. And that doesn’t include tax. So, until prices go down on this new technology, it’s still a bit more expensive to go green with your TV. But given how quickly prices change on technology, it could be the better buy with a few months!

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