Updated Dec 09, 2013 By Cedric Demers

Plasma vs LED
Thickness and Weight


Thickness of LCD, lED and Plasma compared

On average, an edge-lit LED TV is the thinnest, with a width of only 1.8". Plasmas are not so bad anymore, being an average of about 2.5" deep.

Lower-end LED TVs are thicker than higher-end ones. They are usually direct-lit which translates to a significant increase in thickness.
plasma vs led tv thickness

Thickness is mostly for appearance and impressing your friends. A very slim television looks a lot better in your living room than a bulky one does. It is also easier to mount on the wall, because there will be less bulk in the back.

You should not base your buying decision this factor alone, unless the aesthetic of your television and how it fits into your room are very important for you. Consider thinness a bonus if you are buying an LED TV.

Winner: LED


plasma vs led tv weight
The chart shows the average weight (without stand) of 2013 plasmas and LED HDTVs, by size.

A plasma television is heavy. Each cell of gas representing a color of a pixel has its own chamber, nestled between two panels of glass. The glass must be strong to stand up to the difference of pressure between the ambient air and the gas chamber. An LCD screen is lighter because it does not need panels of glass. It can be simple plastic.

Like the thickness, the weight of the television should not be a main factor when choosing your television. However, a lighter TV means an easier time moving it around or hanging it on the wall. The lighter it is, the less likely you are to break it.

Winner: LED

Questions & Answers

Do you need to buy a specific TV wall mount bracket for a Plasma TV, or are the mounts universal to both Plasma and LED?
Most TV wall brackets will support both kinds of TV. You will just need to verify that the load capacity of the wall mount TV bracket is more than the weight without stand of the TV that you are planning to buy. If the mount is strong enough, it does not matter if the TV is a Plasma or an LED TV.
Can I mount a TV that is 5" thick?
Yes, just make sure the weight of the TV is less than what the mount is rated for.
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