Big Screen TVs Are The SUVs Of The Electricity World

from the electricity-guzzling dept

Our electricity bills are up these days — and while the blame can be pinned to our increasing reliance on various electronics from charging gadgets to computers to DVD players to video gaming consoles, one big culprit for many may be the big screen TVs we’re buying. Apparently, these suckers use electricity the same way SUVs guzzle gasoline — but, just like SUVs, don’t expect Americans to give up their big screen TVs. Instead, the industry is looking at coming up with some self-imposed standards to make these TVs a bit more energy efficient.

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From somebody who measures power consumption very closely, a 650w PS very rarely ever climes to 650w actual power consumed. My computer is very high powered compared to the average desktop. Three CRT (19″ and 2 17″) monitors, with three video cards, four hard drives, DVD, 500w ps, 3Ghz p4, Axim, several USB powered devices. The most it consumes is 288 watts. Of course, that doesn’t count the ink jet printer.

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This study is misleading. According to Engadget, the study grouped TVs into just four categories: Standard-def/Small Screen, Standard-def/Large screen, High-def/Small screen, High-def/Large screen. And, surprise, it turns out that bigger TVs use more power. It would be far more informative to measure power output of several different types of TVs with the same screen size. CRT televisions, for example, use much more power than their lamp-based counterparts (LCD rear projection, DLP rear projection), so a user with an SD CRT-RP television might be using more power than a user with an HD DLP-RP television.

jeremiah (user link) says:

i've tested this...

A friend recently upgraded from an old school Mitsubishi rear-proj bigscreen to a 61″ Samsung DLT. We used a power monitor to check the voltage and amps being drawn by the tv.

The Samsung DLT (the largest screen TV he’s ever owned) uses *slighty* more power than a table lamp.

Typically, the boxes with the biggest power draw will be those with large capacitors: large tube televisions or power amps.

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