In the last few years, LED television technology has taken over from older types of HDTV like plasma and LCD.
Whereas, an LED TV was a more expensive option that you had to think hard about buying, now the standard type of TV you will find in the shops is an LED TV.
Unless you are going to consider a new technology like OLED, youmay not have too much choice than buy an LED.
With all that said, let us look at the benefits of LED technology and find out why they have become so popular.
The new edge-lit LED TVs look fantastic.
If you want to get your neighbours green with envy, then just install one of these beauties in your room.
They are thin, sleek and very modern-looking - so they will be a breeze to hang on the wall or stand elegantly in the corner of the room.
This might be reason enough to buy an LED TV.
The power consumption of LED TVs does vary between models.
So if you were thinking of buying an LED screen to save on power, it is wise to check with each particular model.
However, an edge-lit LED television can consume 30-40% less power than any other type of LCD or plasma TV.
You should always check the specifications of a particular model of TV if you want the best power-saving models - however edge-lit models like the Sony XBR65X930E 65-Inch 4K HDR Ultra HD TV pictured below will usually be on the lower-end of the scale when compared to full array models.
Be more careful with backlit LEDs if power consumption is important to you. They can actually be more power hungry than standard LCDs - and can be similar to that of a plasma screen. However, it is difficult to generalise about this issue as using different types of LEDs can also make a difference.
Backlit models which use RGB LEDs are often more power hungry than those that just use white LEDs - so if power saving is an issue for you, then check out an edge-lit LED television.
LED lights are brighter than a fluorescent lamp, and so you should expect to get a brighter picture with an LED television compared to a standard LCD.
This should be especially useful in bright rooms with plenty of daylight, as the image should stand out much better.
A non-reflective screen, together with a brighter image, could make this a perfect choice for some rooms where the reflection of daylight could be a problem.
The excellent picture quality is where a backlit LED TV comes into its own.
An LED TV that is backlit, with local dimming and RGB LEDs, may well have a much improved picture over that of a standard LCD TV - and also over edge-lit LED TVs too!
You should expect to see a better contrast ratio and colour accuracy.
Therefore, if you want to have a picture quality that is similar to that of a plasma screen, but wish to stick with LCD screen technology, then a backlit LED TV is worth considering.
In years gone by, the plasma TV was always considered the top dog when it came to picture quality.
However, plasma TVs are now no longer made by any current TV manufacturer, and one of the main reasons for its demise was the introduction of higher resolution TVs.
When the main TV resolution was 1080p or 720p then plasma TVs ruled the roost. In recent years though, Ultra HD 4K resolutions (2160p) have become widespread and this is where plasma TVs finally met their match.
It wasn't really possible to use existing plasma technology to make a TV screen with such a high pixel density. With LED screens however, high resolution 4K screens can easily be made in a cost-effective way and so LED TVs began to take over.
So there are a few reasons why it may be worth switching to an LED television.
No technology is perfect, and so there is always a need to weigh up the pros and cons of any TV before you buy one.
An LED screen can offer looks, ease of installation, low power consumption and an improved picture over some types of television - so decide how important these features are to you.
A more important decision these days when buying an LED TV is to understand the different types of LED TV technology - and it is this which will affect the price you pay for your new pride and joy.