06 December 2009

Choosing an Eco Flat TV

We're not very avid TV watchers on board, but we do like to watch a movie now and then. And, of course, our children like watching various cartoons and movies a lot.

So we needed a TV. About a year ago I started paying attention to see which ones would be applicable to our low power envelope. At that time it was hard to obtain facts about flat TV power consumption except in general terms. Luckily the increased awareness amongst the public and the reaction towards that from suppliers has benefited us here. Technologically the trend towards using LED backlights has helped.

As developments go quickly I delayed buying a TV for as long as I could. Now that the deadline for me delivering equipment is almost upon us I had to choose. To be honest, I still don't like LCD TVs as much as I do plasma in terms of visual smoothness. They are often 'harder' in showing up digital artifacts, both moiré and compression.

In the end the choice was narrowed down to the one with both the highest potential for power saving and the lowest advertised power usage in the size (32") that we were looking for. The Sharp LC-32LE600E has an official power use of 60W. In practice, running it at the visual settings that we liked best it turned out to use even less at 30 to 37 W. Pretty cool for such a big display - in more ways than one.


  1. Hi Kees,

    Did you come across any TV screens like this that allow for wall or ceiling mounting?

    Best, Ben

  2. Hi Ben,

    We're building the Sharp into a cabinet where it will be rear mounted -- in effect a wall mount. It has standard VESA mounting holes -- I believe 100x200 mm -- so almost any standard mounting solution will work.

    If you're looking at an application where the TV will be in sight at all times you may want to consider the Samsung 6 or 7 Series LED TV, as that is only 3 cm thick and can be mounted 1 cm off the wall. There's a special wire type wall mount for that but that's unsuited to boats. Luckily this one also allows VESA mounts.

    The Samsung also has more digital features such as internet access on the 7 series, but that doesn't help much on-board. I have no exact power data on that but they advertise both 60 and 80 W. The Samsung reviews well except for the sound capabilities.