Do modern LCD televisions emit harmful radiation? © iStock

Do modern LCD televisions emit harmful radiation?

Some TVs do give off very low levels of radiation but modern TVs pose little risk of causing harm.

Asked by: R Philips, by email

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No, but their older counterparts, Cathode Ray Tube (CRT) monitors, do give off a small amount of radiation. The streams of electrons hitting the phosphor in the screen produce X-rays, but these are way below harmful levels.

Coils in the monitor also emit some electromagnetic radiation. Again, this is extremely low in intensity and causes no harm whatsoever.

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