If you have walked into a Best Buy or other electronics store searching for a TV, you will quickly find many options. Next to the TV’s size, a big decision you will need to make is to pick an LED or OLED TV. In today’s post, we discuss the difference between the two different models.

Difference Between LED & OLED

To begin, LED stands for light-emitting diode, whereas OLED stands for organic light-emitting diode. The major difference between the two is OLED are self-emissive. This means each pixel is capable of generating its light. OLED technology allows each pixel to ‘turn off’ resulting in a perfect black. Alternatively, LED TVs require a backlight. This backlight is always on, regardless of what the pixel is doing, so blacks aren’t as black.

What Does It Matter?

Contrast ratio is the measurement of the differences between the brightest white, and darkest black a display can produce. This is a major factor when determining the picture quality of the TV. OLED theoretically has an infinite contrast ratio since they can turn pixels off. This makes them ideal for dark viewing areas like cinema rooms.

Alternatively, LED TVs to use backlight technology, which needs to shine through several layers to produce an image. This means the light will still shine through, even when parts of the screen are supposed to be black. This results in blacks that aren’t as ‘true’ as they are on OLED screens.

Since OLED TVs screen uses organic compounds, they degrade and dim over time. LED screens degrade at a much slower rate than OLED screens. This means LED TVs will maintain a brighter display as it ages. For brighter rooms, LED TV will be a better choice.

High-End TVs vs. More Variety

OLEDs are more expensive to produce than traditional LED TVs. This results in OLED TVs coming with a premium price point. OLED TVs will typically be larger, adding to the price. In addition, they will have features like Filmmaker Mode and NVIDIA G-Sync Dolby Vision. Since LEDs are cheaper to produce, more manufacturers produce them, resulting in a more extensive selection. LEDs offer a great display option for all price points. If you don’t need or want all the bells and whistles, you have several different LED options.

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