Increasingly inexpensive flat screen TVs are becoming a basic part of the average home, and some of the newer models have very impressive stats in terms of energy use. A new TV from Austria, for example, uses less energy than a 60-watt lightbulb.
It was only a few years ago that TVs consumed more than 250 watts. The average TV today uses around 100, but this number is gradually going down as electronics become more powerful but more efficient. The AMS television exceeds the U.S. Department of Energy’s Energy Star 6.0 standards, which have most recently called for a 42-inch TV to use no more than 62.9 watts of power.
The Digital Ambient Light Sensor technology and smart LED drivers are two components that make the AMS so energy efficient, allowing it to produce a high-quality picture in low light conditions. The sensor tracks the current lighting in a room, adjusting the background accordingly. This is also good for viewers, as it provides a softer contrast that is less likely to leave your eyes with that exhausting, glazed-over feeling.
The company also says that if every TV in the U.S. was replaced by a television with this technology, it would be equivalent to taking a million cars off the road in terms of CO2 emissions. Now that this technology is available, it would be great to see more companies get in on it and figure out economical ways to reduce the energy use of their products.
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