Originally Posted by GeraldRommel
I'm going with LED LCD over plasma for a few reasons.
Heat is first. I live the swamp. 80% humidity on a dry day. Temperatures in the 100's. My air conditioner already has to work hard enough. I am already running a pretty hot running PC and 2 LCD monitors that raise the temperature of a small room very noticeably.
Power. Electric bill can be too high already. I want lower, not something that can be anywhere from 50% to 300% more expensive to run.
And this one is very specific. Weight. I live alone most of the year, with my girlfriend for the rest of it. When a hurricane comes here again. I want to be able to put this thing into my car on my own. Your insurance will cover most things in a house after a hurricane, but a TV is not one. I learned that the hard way.
Ha. I too live in a swamp. Well, a few miles from one, but close enough to wake up to the smell of marsh fires in the mornings.
I have a Plasma, and have none of the problems you are worried about. My TV is pretty heavy, but not that much heavier than a 50" LED/LCD. The reason power consumption isn't an issue for me, is because I have a dimly lit apartment. Not only does this lower my energy costs but it makes for the ideal Plasma viewing environment.
While there is heat put off from my TV, it isn't nearly as much as the sets in the stores. Those are on blast, while mine is at a reasonable brightness. It may make my room 1 or 2 degrees hotter, but nothing I can't handle.
I run all of my equipment at least 6 hours a day. TV, PC, AVR, Sub, and the occasional gaming system a few times a week. My bill has never been more than $65. Oh, and you can put your TV on your renters or home owners insurance. Just have to be sure to do so.