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. 534-9956
Mfr. Part No.BF26318-20B
$26.32
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CCFL White Yes 1 2.6 Dia. x 318mm - 2.6mm 318mm - -
RS Stock No. 168-3905
Mfr. Part No.BF26318-20B
$26.181
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CCFL White Yes 1 2.6 Dia. x 318mm - 2.6mm 318mm - -
RS Stock No. 168-3898
Mfr. Part No.BF22140-24B
$15.222
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CCFL White Yes 1 2.2 Dia. x 140mm - 2.2mm 140mm - -
RS Stock No. 534-9877
Mfr. Part No.BF22140-24B
$29.77
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CCFL White Yes 1 2.2 Dia. x 140mm - 2.2mm 140mm - -
RS Stock No. 171-1881
Mfr. Part No.EA LED55X31-RGB
$34.122
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LED Full Colour (RGB) - 40 - 31 x 55mm - - 31mm 55mm
RS Stock No. 758-8664
Mfr. Part No.EA LED55x31-RGB
$35.72
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LED Full Colour (RGB) - 40 - 31 x 55mm - - 31mm 55mm
RS Stock No. 758-8655
Mfr. Part No.EA LED55x31-W
$21.02
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LED White - 40 - 31 x 55mm - - 31mm 55mm
RS Stock No. 168-3983
Mfr. Part No.BF22160-24B
$15.222
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CCFL White - 2 2.2 Dia. x 160mm - 2.2mm 160mm - -
RS Stock No. 797-2375
Mfr. Part No.BF22160-24B
$24.02
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CCFL White - 2 2.2 Dia. x 160mm - 2.2mm 160mm - -
RS Stock No. 201-0368
Mfr. Part No.AC 821
$18.36
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RS Stock No. 758-8699
Mfr. Part No.EA LED55x46-W
$28.49
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LED White - 40 - 46 x 55mm - - 46mm 55mm
RS Stock No. 534-9883
Mfr. Part No.BF22258-25B
$21.49
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CCFL White Yes 1 2.2 Dia. x 258mm - 2.2mm 258mm - -
RS Stock No. 168-3899
Mfr. Part No.BF22258-25B
$23.91
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CCFL White Yes 1 2.2 Dia. x 258mm - 2.2mm 258mm - -
RS Stock No. 758-8658
Mfr. Part No.EA LED55x31-G
$6.90
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LED Yellow-Green - 40 - 31 x 55mm - - 31mm 55mm
RS Stock No. 534-9934
Mfr. Part No.BF26250-24B
$24.69
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CCFL White Yes 1 2.6 Dia. x 250mm - 2.6mm 250mm - -
RS Stock No. 183-0830
Mfr. Part No.LTR24S3804YG
BrandLedtech
$11.95
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LED Green - 8 - 23.3 x 48.7mm - - 23.3mm 48.7mm
RS Stock No. 534-9940
Mfr. Part No.BF26285-20B
$21.64
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CCFL White Yes 1 2.6 Dia. x 285mm - 2.6mm 285mm - -
RS Stock No. 168-3895
Mfr. Part No.BF20226-24B
$23.91
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CCFL White Yes 1 2 Dia. x 226mm - 2mm 226mm - -
RS Stock No. 797-2371
Mfr. Part No.BF20125-28B
$24.99
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CCFL White - 2 2 Dia. x 125mm - 2mm 125mm - -
RS Stock No. 534-9990
Mfr. Part No.BF3300-20B
$26.45
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CCFL White Yes 1 3 Dia. x 300mm - 3mm 300mm - -
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