TRANSFLECTIVE is a portmanteau of TRANSmissive and reFLECTIVE. A transflective LCD combines the best features of a reflective LCDs and transmissive LCDs.

Transflective LCD, backlight on


Transflective LCD, backlight off

A transflective LCD will reflect ambient light, allowing it to be visible in normal office light without using a backlight. In bright sunlight, a transflective LCD is still visible and does not wash out–this is also called “sunlight readable.”

A transflective LCD also allows light from a backlight to transmit through the LCD. So a transflective LCD with a backlight can be seen in dark environments.

In short, a transflective, backlit LCD can be used in all lighting environments, from complete darkness to full sunlight.

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Related Terminology

  • Transmissive LCD and Reflective LCD

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