LED Monitors Offer Longer Life

By Elton James

More than likely you are reading this article on an LCD or plasma monitor. These monitors are much less bulky than the older monitors that took up half of a normal sized desk. Most of these monitors have a much clearer picture than the older monitors did. If you want to take the next step, then you will want to switch to LED monitors.

The difference between an LCD monitor and an LED monitor is with the source of the back light. The older LCD monitors are back lit with florescent tubes. These tubes only have a lifetime of three to four years before they begin to dim. Although it may seem that the smart thing to do to correct this problem would have been to allow the consumer to change the florescent tubes and keep the same monitor, but this option has not been offered by manufacturers. Instead, users are left with no alternative other than to replace their monitors. Thus, monitors become a large source of electronic waste.

Another disadvantage of an LCD monitor is that it is bulkier and heavier than an LED monitor. The florescent tubes are the reason for the additional thickness. These monitors cannot be made as thin as the LED monitors, which may be less than half an inch in thickness. The LED displays are ideal for laptop computers.

The florescent tubes in LCD monitors do not produce a full range of color of light. Therefore, there will be some of the LCD crystals that do not appear as bright when certain colors are lit compared to others. This may cause the image to appear to be blurry or less clear than the same image on an LED monitor.

In addition, you will save energy with these newer monitors. While the amount may seem insignificant for a desk top computer, for a notebook or laptop computer less energy consumption means longer battery life.

Some users do complain that the edge lit LED monitors do not have an evenly lit screen. They find it brighter along the edges and darker in the center. This is due to the fact that the LED lights are only along the edges, making the super thin screen possible. This may simply be a matter of adjusting to the use of the screen.

Still other users find LED screens to be too bright for their applications. Since the brightness can cause eyestrain after continued use, users are advised to find monitors that allow for brightness control. By dimming the monitor, users may reduce the amount of eyestrain they experience.

These two minor complaints should not be enough to keep you from purchasing one of the best monitors that are available today. These are the absolute thinnest monitors available. They are extremely clear and last much longer than the LCD monitors with florescent tubes.

By choosing a monitor with a long life, you make a choice for the environment. This choice will mean that you do not have to replace the monitor every time you replace your computer. By using the same monitor for the life of more than one computer, you help to keep landfills free of electronic waste. Choosing an LED monitor should be the clear choice. - 29872

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