Difference Between Plasma, LCD And LED: Choose Which Is Best For You


By Ayaz Ahmed

The influx of technology has its mark on almost every aspect of our lives. From our professional lives at work to the way we spend our leisure time at home. We can even see people sitting in a restaurant waiting for the meal to arrive with a Smartphone in their hands.

This flood of technology is also continuously upgrading the conventional appliances that were being used by us since decades. Television is one of them; and we can see an uninterrupted up-gradation in its technology in recent years. Now, households want to possess the best screen in their TV lounge to enjoy to the fullest.

The conventional TV screens were replaced by Plasma TVs, LCDs, LEDs and now by Smart LEDs geared with internet connectivity, smart sharing, a front camera and what-not.

The race is still not over yet and 3D LEDs have added another dimension to this technology war. We can see all the big electronics brands like Sony, Samsung, LG, Haier, Panasonic, Toshiba etc. trying to take the lead in this competition.

Choosing which TV technology to buy is a difficult decision as each has their own set of pros and cons. So, let us make a quick analysis of their working mechanism and have a quick look at the pros and cons.

Working Mechanisms:

Plasma TVs

Plasma display works by illuminating small, coloured fluorescent lights to create an image. It has a matrix of small gas cells packed in two sheets of glass. Every cell acts as a tiny fluorescent tube that releases UV light that hits red, green and blue spots and create image.


LCD TVs work on the mechanism of Liquid Crystal Display. The panel is made of an array of tiny, coloured liquid crystals. It works when light from behind the screen shines on these crystals and the amount of light emitted by each of them is controlled by signals. Picture is built through this method.


LED TVs work on the mechanism if Light Emitting Diodes. The mechanism is almost the same as other TVs but instead of lighting it up by back light (like LCDs) it is replaced by light emitting diodes as a source of light.

LEDs commonly have 2 types

  • Edge lit (LEDs lamps placed at the edges of the screen)
  • Back lit (LED lamps on the back of screen)


Let us now have a comparison of all three types for a better understanding.


Thickness Minimum 1.2 inches Minimum 1 inch Less than 1 inch
Power Consumption More than LCD Less than Plasma Least
Life expectancy approx 20,000 – 60,000 hours 50,000 – 100,000 hours Around 100,000 hours
Price Moderate Moderate High
Contrast Ratio High Medium Very High
Typ. Brightness 1000++ cd/m2 700 cd/m2 600 cd/m2
Burn-in Yes No+ No
Viewing Angle 170deg 160+deg 160+deg
Fully Digital Display Yes Yes Yes
Refresh Rate < 8ms < 12ms < 6ms
Max Resolution 1080p 1080p 1080p*
Weight (lbs) Medium Light Lightest
Set Depth 3 – 7” 2”+ <1-2”
Screen Size < 103” 82” <10”
Power Consumption Medium Low Very Low

Pakistan Local Market

In Pakistan we can buy latest technologies in pin pack and used conditions from company’s outlets or various other online market platforms.

  • Laraib

    LEDs commonly have 2 types

    Edge lit (LEDs lamps placed at the edges of the screen)

    Back lit (LED lamps on the back of screen)

    (Nice article bt would u define Edge lit and Back lit a bit more)

  • Ayaz Ahmad

    Back Lit LED TVs use LEDs behind the LCD screens to light it up

    Edge Lit LED house the LEDs on the sides of the screen, their light then diffused into the screen and resulting in great colours.


  • Too cool to pick a name

    You differentiate in a WHOLE ARTICLE, I just differentiate by “Bhai, LED k viewing angles behtar hotay hain” :P

    • Ammar

      this whole ‘article’ was a farce

  • Abdul Haseeb

    Good comparison. Thanks

  • shami

    I am going for plasma TV instead of LED Tv after reading this article

    • Muhammad Imran Khan

      plasma has very short life compare to LED

  • TV say bahir LED

    Those who use “zero ka bulb” of 13 watts should replace them with LED bulbs made by our local industry.

    Zero ka bulb = 13 watts, life around one month
    LED bulb 30Rs = 3 watts, 3.5 years say istemal kar raha hon din raat chalta hay aik bhi kharab nahi howa

    • tjnapster555

      kahan say milta hai itna sasta led buld???

      • electronics shop say, zero bulb ka nihayat acha mutbadil

  • Mustafa

    Max resolution of LED TVs is 2160p UltraHD (4K) not 1080p :p

  • Hafeez

    Good plasma tv produces the best colors and pure black. But it take far more power and that is a problem in pakistan that you can’t run it on UPS. Also viewing angles are the best on plasma. LED is just catching up on these aspects but have lowest power consumption.

  • Ahmed

    Which technology has the least affect on eyeside?

  • Haseeb


    What a junk farce article, its close to i read nothing lol . nothing informative or new.

    I bought me self a Sony 42w670a Internet LED 42″ and damn the display is gorgeous. specially when i play blu ray on it.

    Explain the bloody power consumptions vice versa and explain your argument man. what a lame article.

  • Sumair

    Most of the companies have stopped producing Plasma TV’s now! You can say Plasma is taking its last breaths!

  • navy

    Funny comparison … Power ConsumptionMore than LCDLess than Plasma

  • Rizwan

    Good Article,

    in Comparison Table: Typing Error Power Consumption

    Power Consumption More than LCD Less than Plasma Least
    Power Consumption Medium Low Very Low

  • Haider Jaffar

    Buying a new LED TV thanks BRO! its usefull info..cuz its comfort to eyes.FAct