Environment Fight Club: Plasma vs. LED vs. LCD: Which Television is the Most Environmentally Friendly? (Round 6)

Welcome back to another kickoff round of our division’s monthly Environment Fight Club article! How did you like the recap last month? Now we’re ready for a whole new group of fighters who will duke it out in the ring to determine who will be the most environmentally friendly. This month, we’ve chosen three opponents who share the same job, but perhaps use more or less energy to get it done: televisions.

Now, we know there are multiple models on the market, but if you’re someone who is looking for the most eco-friendly option that won’t take all of the green out of your pocket, which type of TV do you chose? There’s Plasma TV’s, LED TV’s, and LCD TV’s. What makes them all different? And overall, which choice is the best, most energy-efficient one? Let’s find out as these opponents go head to head (or perhaps screen to screen) in this latest battle!

Plasma: This particular TV display is probably the worst eco-friendly option to choose. While the picture is sharp and clear, “producing that perfect image requires a high resolution, and the higher the resolution, the more bandwidth—the rate at which data is transferred—the set needs,” according to GetDirectTV. Also, with any television, size matters. The bigger the set, the more energy and light it will take to illuminate the screen.

LED: If you’re someone like me who has made the switch from old fluorescent light bulbs to LED bulbs, this television choice is no different. Not only does an LED TV save on energy, but GetDirectTV also reports that “instead of bulbs, these sets use light emitting diodes.” When it comes to saving energy, LEDSupply maintains that old technologies lose “80% of electrical energy as heat” as opposed to newer LED technology that “only loses 20%.”

LCD: These sets seem to be somewhere in between Plasma and LED choices. While the technology of an LCD TV uses about a third of the energy consumption than Plasma, they still don’t quite beat the innovative technology of an LED TV.

One of the best tips for choosing a more environmentally-friendly television is to look at the Energy-Star rating that can be found on each TV display. And of course, as stated earlier, size does matter! Regardless of what kind of television you choose, the size will make the biggest impact. Remember, the bigger the size, the more energy consumption it requires. Not to say you have to sacrifice size or quality, but the amount of energy consumption is something to keep in mind.

So there you have it! It seems that LED TV’s are the most environmentally friendly if you want good quality and low energy consumption. What do you think? Do you agree with our winner?

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-Written by: Ashley L.

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