Difference between LED and OLED in Televisions

Technology should make it simple for people. But, they have made it difficult for people as they are not able to make the choice because of the electronics jargon.

In the olden days, it was better. You could go to a TV shop and order a Television immediately. Nowadays, the different specifications can confuse you. One such confusion is the difference between LED and OLED.

Let us see the difference between the two terminologies and see which among the two is better.

What is LED?

LED stands for Light Emitting diode. A preferred choice for LCD displays, LEDs are much better than the fluorescent and incandescent light bulbs. They give out a brighter display and hence they are used as backlight for LCD televisions. The LEDs are large enough to be used as individual pixels. Hence, you use LED to illuminate a cluster of pixels.

What does OLED stand for?

OLED is Organic Light Emitting Diode. As the name suggests they are made from organic compounds that light up when you pass electricity through them. The basic difference between LED and OLED is that you can use OLEDs as individual pixels.

Which among the two is better?


There are various aspects to consider. Let us look at them one by one and see which among the two stacks up as the winner.

Black level

Black has a very important role to play in achieving picture quality. You need darker blacks to produce a better contrast. LEDs have often struggled to produce the darkest blacks. They tend to suffer from a condition known as light bleed where some brightness always leaks out from the lighter sections of the screen. In case of OLED, it does not produce light in the absence of electricity.

Hence, it is easier to achieve perfect blacks. The OLED is a clear winner in this category.


LEDs are a clear winner because of the ability to produce a higher level of brightness. OLEDs can produce high levels of brightness, but they have a reduced lifespan when cranked up to their brightest levels. They are great for viewing TV in dark rooms, but when it comes to brightly lit environments, nothing can come close to LEDs.


There is a draw in this category as both LED and OLED are capable of producing excellent colours. OLED is excellent in dark rooms because of a better contrast ratio. In bright rooms, LEDs are a clear winner. Hence, you have a tie in this category.

Response Time and lag

As far as size is concerned, OLEDs are much smaller than LEDs. Hence, switching them on and off is much easier as compared to the larger-sized LEDs. OLEDs have a reputation of having the fastest response times of any TV technology in use today. In this category OLED has a clear lead.

Viewing angles

Research shows that OLED screens do not show any luminance degradation at angles as high as 84 degrees when compared to 54 degrees in case of LED screens. This OLED is a clear winner here as well.

TV screen size

LED is a clear winner here with TV screen sizes available in excess of 100 inches. OLEDs are catching up, but as of now LED is in the lead.

There are other aspects like lifespan and screen burn-in where LED leads over the OLED screens. In terms of price, LEDs are cheaper than the OLEDs. However, as far as power consumption is concerned, OLED is a clear winner.


It is very clear that OLED has come a long way since its invention. This comparison suggests that OLED is a far better technology than LED. As of now, the OLED Televisions are priced a little bit on the higher side 😉

1 thought on “Difference between LED and OLED in Televisions”

  1. Thank you young man for your elaborate explanation. I am about to buy an OLED (not decided which brand – to chose from among Sony, LG & Samsung) and your blog really helped. Take care. Cheers


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