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New uses for LED backlit TV's - underwater video monitor and more
Continued advances on performance and features of flat panel LCD tv's give them amazingly low power consumption and versatility.
A 32 inch Samsung flat panel LED backlit tv uses only 42 watts at a medium brightness setting and it is only an inch thick. Lighter in weight as well. The same size screen with CCFL backlighting uses close to 200 watts. HUGE difference!
Features that were once rare are now ubiquitous. Slots to plug in your digital camera memory cards. Computer monitor inputs. A new feature of many laptops now, besides LED backlighting, is HDMI cable outputs and most TV's have HDMI inputs.
Consider this use for your TV: strap an underwater color video camera to the front of your keel. Watch 'fish tv' for hours without seeing commercials. These cameras have come down in price and increased in performance, like most electronics. They even have infrared lighting for night use. Stop dreaming about forward looking sonar and use your camera to watch for those coral heads(clear waters only).
While laptops can do a lot with video, a larger screen size is more suited to showing your photo collection without everyone huddling around the small screen.
I have not researched as to the availablilty of 12 volt tv with LED backlights but this would be great to avoid the use of an inverter especially when paired with a 12 volt DVD player.