How Many Watts Does a TV Use?

Display Type Screen Size Resolution/Features Watts Used
LCD 32-inch 720p 70-80
LCD 32-inch 1080p 80-90
LCD 32 inch 4K UHD 100-120
LCD 50-inch 720p 90-110
LCD 50-inch 1080p 110-130
LCD 50-inch 4K UHD 140-160
LCD 65-inch 720p 130-150
LCD 65-inch 1080p 150-170
LCD 65-inch 4K UHD 170-190
LCD 75-inch 720p 160-180
LCD 75-inch 1080p 180-200
LCD 75-inch 4K UHD 210-230
OLED 48-inch 4K UHD 140-180
OLED 55-inch 4K UHD 160-220
OLED 65-inch 4K UHD 190-250
OLED 65-inch 4K UHD + HDR 230-300
OLED 77-inch 4K UHD 290-350
Plasma 50-inch 720p 250-300
Plasma 50-inch 1080p 280-330


The power consumption of televisions depends on several key factors, including the display type, size, resolution, and extra features. By understanding how these elements contribute to energy use, consumers can make informed choices about efficient TV models. This article provides a detailed breakdown of how many watts various types and sizes of TVs require.

Display Type Determines Base Energy Use

The most significant factor determining a TV's energy use is its display type. Modern televisions mainly use three types of display panels:

  1. LCD (liquid crystal display)
  2. OLED (organic light-emitting diode)
  3. Plasma

An LCD TV offers the most energy-efficient display technology for most screen sizes. A 32-inch LCD set requires around 50-85 watts, while a 50-inch model uses 110-150 watts. LCDs consume minimal power displaying black screens due to their reliance on an LED backlight rather than each pixel-producing light.

OLED TVs are the top choice for picture quality. However, the self-illuminating pixels require more energy than LCD displays. A 48-inch OLED consumes roughly 170 watts during typical use. Large OLED panels may utilize over 300 watts at maximum brightness levels. But the self-illuminating pixel design means an OLED only uses around 40 watts for dark images.

Plasma TVs are phasing out but draw significantly more power than LCDs. A 50-inch plasma can use over 300 watts for bright scenes due to the high voltage needed for each pixel cell. But plasma power use does decline for darker images. Yet, due to higher manufacturing costs and energy consumption, plasma displays remain an outdated option.

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Screen Size Increases Energy Use

It logically follows that a larger TV screen requires more power to operate. Doubling the display size may approximately double the wattage used. The scale of increased consumption also depends on the underlying panel technology.

Some real-world examples by screen size are:

  • 32-inch LCD: 70-80 watts
  • 50-inch LCD: 110-150 watts
  • 65-inch LCD: 170-220 watts
  • 75-inch LCD: 210-250 watts

And for OLED TVs:

  • 48-inch OLED: 140-180 watts
  • 55-inch OLED: 160-220 watts
  • 65-inch OLED: 190-300 watts
  • 77-inch OLED: 290-400 watts

So while larger TVs mean more visual enjoyment, the energy costs also steadily rise. Consumers aiming to minimize power use should consider smaller screen sizes or more efficient models.

Higher Resolutions Use More Watts

As display resolutions increase, more pixels and processing power are required to maintain image quality. So higher definitions like 4K UHD and 8K UHD draw more electricity than lower 1080p Full HD sets.

The effect on energy consumption is modest but can still amount to around a 30% rise for the highest versus lowest resolutions:

  • 720p (HD): 90-130 watts
  • 1080p (Full HD): 100-150 watts
  • 4K UHD: 130-180 watts
  • 8K UHD: 150-220 watts

Manufacturing processes and panel types also affect these estimates. But the numerical pixel increase to enhance clarity does impact overall TV wattage to some degree.

Additional Features Boost Power Use of a TV

Many modern televisions incorporate extra features that enhance usability but also raise energy consumption. These include larger color gamuts for wider color representation, high refresh rates for smoother visual motion, and integrated sound systems.

For example, a TV with HDR expands its color range and brightness capabilities closer to human vision. But this functionality may increase wattage by around 20-30% over standard dynamic range models.

Gaming features tailored for consoles, like 4K resolution at 120Hz refresh rates, can also substantially drive up power draw. Enabling these high-performance modes typically more than doubles consumption relative to standard 60Hz 4K viewing.

So, consumers wanting every feature for visual splendor or gaming should expect increased energy costs. Disabling unneeded power-hungry settings provides better efficiency.

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UPS Function Less than 20ms switchover time for uninterrupted power supply
Design Upgraded stackable design for easy addition of batteries, convenient transport, and space-saving
Battery & Safety System

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