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Old 01-18-2009, 04:24 PM   #1  
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When it comes to entertainment in the home, most people care about screen size, color accuracy, image quality, and how many bells and whistles a TV comes with. Rarely do we consider energy consumption when buying a new HDTV.
In what could set worldwide precedent, the European Union is looking to ban sales of new plasma television sets in all member nations (meaning most of Europe). While plasma televisions are top notch when it comes to color accuracy and contrast ratio, they can also be the most energy-hungry appliance found in homes today. According to Dailymail, Plasmas typically use up to four times as much energy as a CRT television while also emitting much more carbon dioxide into the air.
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what about LCD's? they won't have TV's at all if they ban that.
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Glad I don't live in Europe!
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If that's the case ban children. I have to get mine out now! Think of all the carbon dioxide they are emitting !
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If that's the case ban children. I have to get mine out now! Think of all the carbon dioxide they are emitting !
LMAO!!!! Man thats just wrong.
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Glad I don't live in Europe!

It'll be worse here..
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what about LCD's? they won't have TV's at all if they ban that.
According to the article, LCDs are safe: "While plasma televisions may be going the way of the dodo in Europe, LCD TV's are safe. A 42" LCD typically uses the same amount of energy as a smaller traditional CRT TV."
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According to the article, LCDs are safe: "While plasma televisions may be going the way of the dodo in Europe, LCD TV's are safe. A 42" LCD typically uses the same amount of energy as a smaller traditional CRT TV."
And according to real world trials plasma TV's use about the same or less than a LCD TV does. The U.K./European Union is basing all of their decisions on a faulty maximum power consumption guide/model.

BTW if you do the research you will see just which LCD manufacturer is behind all of this subterfuge.
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BTW if you do the research you will see just which LCD manufacturer is behind all of this subterfuge.
Care to share?
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And according to real world trials plasma TV's use about the same or less than a LCD TV does. The U.K./European Union is basing all of their decisions on a faulty maximum power consumption guide/model.
There seem to be more studies that bear out the plasma's higher power consumption than otherwise. The only ones I know of that show plasmas as lower or equal take into account the average consumption from dark to bright pictures. That may only be valid if a lot of dark movies are watched, imo. Live sports and most TV shows are pretty bright. Here is an interesting chart:
The chart: HDTV power consumption compared

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Says they average 364W compared to the cnet chart which says the Pioneers they tested came in at somewhat less. Maybe in Europe they consume slightly more power.

That chart (the link was broken, now fixed) shows pretty much all plasmas to be poor on the power consumption ratings.

Since the link was broken I'll repeat it here for the chart:
The chart: HDTV power consumption compared
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What about the mercury in the lamps of 99.9% LCDs? They must have forgotten about that one.
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According to that chart, the Panasonic 800 and 850 series fared quite well.
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I'm surprised this hasn't already happened here. We've already banned incandescent bulbs. Look for this very soon as part of the continuing CHANGE.
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