Slimmer TVs actually weigh less than bulkier ones, study discovers
The Consumer Electronics Assn. released a report this week about the "dramatic reduction" in weight and size of TVs and computer monitors after ditching the cathode-ray-tube technology and going to flat-panel.
If you're rolling your eyes and thinking "duh," you're not alone. But the curious can read the entire 12-page report online. It's titled "Materials Footprint Reduction of Televisions and Computer Monitors: 2004-2010."
Among the study's findings:
- Flat-panel TVs are 82% lighter and take up 75% less space than their tube ancestors of a similar screen size.
- Today's flat-panel TVs between 40 to 70 inches weigh 34% less than their hefty 13- to 36-inch predecessors.
- Smaller TVs and computer monitors are better for the environment.
Good to know.
-- Shan Li
Photo: Cathode ray tubes from used televisions in Hanoi in July. Credit: Kham / Reuters