Do you know how much your old Plasma or LCD TV costs to run a year? Well, on the average your old TV gulps up to 1,200kw of power every hour. On a per year basis it will cost nearly $450 to run. Quite a princely sum if you use your TV over the course of many years. Even if you have a recent LED model it will cost around $70 per year at 200kw/hr.
Fret not. With OLED TVs on the horizon the days of high energy TVs are coming to an end.
What is OLED?
OLED stands for Organic Light Emitting Diode. An organic material such as carbon emits light when supplied a current. It is the most important technological advancement in TV technology over the last decade. The advantage of this technology is that it has low power consumption, incredibly fast response times, improved color reproduction, wide viewing angles, excellent contrast levels among others. It is extremely thin, durable, bendable and lightweight allowing it to be used in variety of different applications. The new Samsung Galaxy S4 already uses an OLED display. The deep blacks are in a class of its own.
Using OLED on TVs
As in any new technology, the research and development costs are huge. Many major TV manufacturers have already employed OLEDs in their hi-end models and prices start in the 5 figure range.
For example, LG’s 55-inch OLED unveiled recently lists at $14,999. It is as thin as a pencil and weighs only 16.5 pounds. The curved screen is a first in the industry providing wide viewing angles and an immersive viewing experience. Energy consumption is reduced by switching off pixels that are black and has an intelligent sensor that adjusts display brightness to room brightness. Because of its low power usage, it achieved a 5-star US Energy Star TV certification.
So if you want to save on energy bills and do your small part in going green, consider an OLED in your next TV upgrade if your budget permits.