TV Buying Guide
We are all familiar with the concept of thinking of light bulb brightness in terms of their wattage. In reality, the wattage refers to the power the light bulb consumes rather than the light given off. LEDs use only a fraction of the power to produce the same amount of lights as the old bulbs so it's better to start thinking in terms of lumens, which are a measure of the amount of visible light.
The sound you get from your TV should be great, but the reality is that the demand for better picture quality and thinner screens has overtaken the sound quality your TV can produce on its own. Many manufacturers now recommend partnering your TV with a sound bar, home cinema system or soundstage for the ultimate all round experience.
TV technology has evolved significantly in the past few years, dramatically improving your viewing experience.
The key things to consider are:
- Screen technology – LED or OLED? Both technologies provide bright, vivid colours when watching. OLED, however, is the latest in TV technology and produces deeper blacks and a smoother image, along with reduced motion blur.
- Curved screens – Developed to deliver a more immersive viewing experience for everyone watching, regardless of their angle, as well as offering the latest colour and depth enhancing technology.
Other things to consider are the colour and finish of the bezel and the TV’s base stand.
On the whole, the change is easy and is just a question of selecting a suitable LED bulb to replace a standard, candle or globe bulb or GU50 down-light.
On average 17% of your electricity bill is lighting. By switching your ten most-used light bulbs to LED lighting equivalents, you can save up to 90% of the energy they use. If every household switched their existing light bulbs to LEDs we could save the equivalent electrical output of several power stations and reduce the national carbon footprint! Plus they last up to 25,000 hours!