Maybe you just bought a new TV, or maybe your old TV is finally showing signs of stress. In any case, it is understandable to wonder how long the central part of your living room will last. And how long it will save you from TV Repair Service.
How long do LED TVs last?
Let’s say we buy one of our favorite budget TVs, the 55-inch TCL 6 series.
In terms of components, this TV has many parts, but the LED backlight is usually the first to fail. The average life expectancy of an LED at or near maximum brightness is 40,000 to 60,000 hours or about 4.5 to 6.8 years. Unless you watch TV 24 hours a day (hopefully not), an LED TV like the Series 6 can last 13 years if you don’t break other components beforehand.
But that’s a very big “if”. Almost all televisions available today are Smart TVs that run on an operating system. Like most software programs, TV operating systems require regular maintenance in the form of firmware updates. Ultimately, manufacturers may not support a five-year-old mid-range TV, for example. Finally, after five years, the company is more focused on supporting new TVs.
The quality of the TV software and the frequency of firmware updates depend entirely on the brand of your TV. This is one of the reasons why we recommend that you buy your TV from a reputable major brand and still get quality hardware components.
Either way, even if you limit TV viewing to 8 hours a day and keep your LED lights in good condition, after 6 or 7 years your TV can start to deteriorate. And it will need TV Repair Service Again and again.
How can I extend the life of my LED TV?
It’s very easy. LEDs last 5-7 years at full brightness. So if you want a longer life, dim the backlight.
Unpacked and set up in your living room, your television is usually in “Normal” or “Energy Saving” mode. This is usually referred to as “Live”, “Dynamic” or “Movie” mode.
The reason Vivid or Dynamic mode generally looks better to people is because it’s preset that boosts your TV’s backlight and contrast settings to make it noticeably brighter and more colorful. Unfortunately, this mode obscures picture details, strains your eyes, and uses up your TV’s LED lights faster.
Dim the backlight
If you will keep the backlight setting low your LED can last over 10 years.
So even if you don’t want to change the picture mode to a more subtle mode (like movie mode), you should dim the backlight to 75% or less. Initially, the TV is dark and doesn’t look impressive, but after a day or so your eyes will get used to it. And with a lower backlight, the LEDs last 100,000 hours or more than 10 years. And also save you from TV Repair Service As mentioned, you may want to replace your TV before it’s 10 years old, but reducing the backlight can keep your TV looking good to that day.
What about OLED TVs?
OLED stands for “Organic Light Emitting Diode” and is a relatively new display technology with more advanced hardware than traditional LED TVs. On the other hand, OLED TVs do not rely on complex LED backlighting systems. Instead, the display’s pixels are self-lighting, which results in higher contrast and thinner panels (among other benefits).
According to LG (one of the world’s leading manufacturers of OLED panels), OLED panels lose their brightness over time, so it takes 54 years for the brightness of an OLED panel to drop to 50%. Since it hasn’t owned a television for 54 years, the technology hasn’t been around long enough for anyone to test its claims.
Whether or not an OLED TV lasts 54 years, it will definitely last if you don’t use it at full brightness all the time. Since there is no traditional backlight, OLED TVs do not have a dedicated backlight setting. However, the maximum performance can be lower if you know where to look in the settings menu.
Should I be worried about OLED burnout?
The terms “burn-in” and “image retention” are sometimes used interchangeably, but they are two potential problems commonly associated with OLED screens. Despite the similarities, it is important to understand the difference between the two.
Image retention refers to images that “remain” on the screen even after changing the content. It usually appears as a faint ghost that disappears after a second or two on most TVs. On the other hand,
Burn-in is a form of long-lasting image retention that usually appears even after switching to another movie or TV show. Occurs when a static image is displayed on the screen for a long time. To fix these problems you will need a TV Repair Service from a trusted repair shop.
Both terms have sparked conversations about OLED TVs since the advent of display technology, but you don’t have to worry too much.