Display Backlighting

Display backlighting is used to illuminate LCDs (liquid crystal displays), as well as for machine vision, image scanning and task lighting. Unlike frontlights, which illuminate from the front, backlights usually produce illumination from the sides or from the back of the screen.

Types of display backlighting

You can choose from display backlighting in a range of colours (including white, green and yellow) and levels of brightness, depending on the application you need it for. The two main types of display backlight are:

  • LED (light emitting diodes) backlighting – this uses 10 to 18 LEDs arranged in a uniform pattern and usually provides white light.
  • CCFL (cold cathode fluorescent) backlighting – this uses a single straight glass tube, which works much like a normal fluorescent lamp.

Applications of display backlighting

As LCD screens are unable to illuminate themselves, they require a backlight to provide the illumination and make the image on the screen viewable. Apart from being used in computer displays, LCD televisions and smartphones, backlights are also used in small devices such as watches and pocket calculators to improve readability in low-light conditions.


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RS Stock No. 534-9899
Mfr. Part No.BF26188-20B
$24.47
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CCFL White Yes 1 2.6 Dia. x 188mm - 2.6mm 188mm - - -
RS Stock No. 201-0368
Mfr. Part No.AC 821
$16.54
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RS Stock No. 534-9934
Mfr. Part No.BF26250-24B
$25.62
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CCFL White Yes 1 2.6 Dia. x 250mm - 2.6mm 250mm - - -
RS Stock No. 534-9861
Mfr. Part No.BF20325-24B
$27.01
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CCFL White Yes 1 2 Dia. x 325mm - 2mm 325mm - - -
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RS Stock No. 197-1254
Mfr. Part No.EA LED40x33-A
$9.99
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LED Amber - - - - - - - - EA DOGS104x-A
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Mfr. Part No.EA LED66x40-GR
$22.76
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LED - - - - - - - - - EA DOGS104x-A
RS Stock No. 168-3897
Mfr. Part No.BF20325-24B
$17.24
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CCFL White Yes 1 2 Dia. x 325mm - 2mm 325mm - - -
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RS Stock No. 197-1286
Mfr. Part No.EA LED94x40-A
$26.28
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LED Amber - - - - - - - - EA DOGS104x-A
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RS Stock No. 197-1255
Mfr. Part No.EA LED40x33-A
$13.00
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LED Amber - - - - - - - - EA DOGS104x-A
RS Stock No. 168-3901
Mfr. Part No.BF26214-24B
$23.372
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CCFL White Yes 1 2.6 Dia. x 214mm - 2.6mm 214mm - - -
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RS Stock No. 197-1288
Mfr. Part No.EA LED94x40-GR
$35.70
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LED - - - - - - - - - EA DOGS104x-A
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RS Stock No. 197-1233
Mfr. Part No.EA LED39x41-GR
$13.47
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LED - - - - - - - - - EA DOGS104x-A
RS Stock No. 534-9940
Mfr. Part No.BF26285-20B
$23.54
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CCFL White Yes 1 2.6 Dia. x 285mm - 2.6mm 285mm - - -
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RS Stock No. 197-1283
Mfr. Part No.EA LED94x40-W
$57.26
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LED White - - - - - - - - EA DOGS104x-A
RS Stock No. 168-3904
Mfr. Part No.BF26285-20B
$16.34
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CCFL White Yes 1 2.6 Dia. x 285mm - 2.6mm 285mm - - -
RS Stock No. 168-3902
Mfr. Part No.BF26240-24B
$21.736
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CCFL White Yes 1 2.6 Dia. x 240mm - 2.6mm 240mm - - -
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RS Stock No. 197-1229
Mfr. Part No.EA LED39x41-A
$7.935
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LED Amber - - - - - - - - EA DOGS104x-A
RS Stock No. 534-9833
Mfr. Part No.BF20226-24B
$25.62
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CCFL White Yes 1 2 Dia. x 226mm - 2mm 226mm - - -
RS Stock No. 534-9990
Mfr. Part No.BF3300-20B
$27.01
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CCFL White Yes 1 3 Dia. x 300mm - 3mm 300mm - - -
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RS Stock No. 197-1267
Mfr. Part No.EA LED66x40-W
$29.757
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LED White - - - - - - - - EA DOGS104x-A
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