A high definition television (HDTV) is an investment, whether it is an LED LCD TV or a plasma TV. As technology develops, ultra-high definition (UHD) TVs and smart TVs have greater capacity for the highest picture quality as well as providing a top-notch experience with apps and video subscriptions a viewer can get. LED TVs provide beautiful and bright pictures, which makes for a great experience, but they also come with a high price tag. No one wants to spend thousands of dollars on a TV only to have to replace it in a few years. By understanding how a TV works, there are several tips and tricks buyers can use to help increase the longevity of an LED TV. Following these tips allows buyers to make a wise investment when purchasing these televisions.
Turn Off the TV When No One Is Around
This probably seems like common sense advice, but many people simply leave the TV running all day as background noise. While they are busy doing other things, the LED TV is busy conducting electricity through its lights. Sixty thousand hours might seem like a long time, but if a TV is left on as background noise for just 3 hours a day, that easily equals over 1,000 hours a year. Many people leave their TVs on for far longer than 3 hours without watching them, which only increases the number of hours being wasted. Turning the TV off when nobody is watching is probably the simplest way to increase the longevity of the TV. Not only will the TV last longer, the power bill will also be cheaper.
Unless the house is as brightly lit as the showroom where the TV was purchased, there is no need to keep it at high brightness levels. Remember the hours used to determine TV lifespan are based on average settings. Running a TV at high brightness levels can easily cut 60,000 hours into 30,000 hours, since it has to work twice as hard to keep up. Once the LED TV is purchased, adjust the brightness levels. Different manufacturers have separate brightness settings. “Film” or “home” settings work well enough. For those who display brightness based on room, select either “dark room” or “medium room.” This small but highly effective adjustment will help keep the LED TV looking its best for years
Contrast is the control on the TV that measures the difference between the brightest and darkest colors. The higher the contrast, the greater the power the TV uses. This, in turn, will decrease the television’s longevity. In the showroom, most LED TVs are set to “dynamic” or “vivid.” While either setting works best in brightly lit rooms and truly shows off the TV’s power, users should not leave the television on these settings at home. Doing so will burn through the LED lights faster. Instead, set the contrast to “standard” for the lowest power usage or to “movie” for enjoying HD broadcasts. Both of these settings use less energy than the “dynamic” and “vivid” options.
Use a Voltage Regulator
The LED TV is not the only electronic device in the house taking power. Every time the AC comes on or the furnace starts, electricity is used. This causes temporary power dips for other electronics, like the LED TV, which in turn affects the TV’s processes. In fact, one of the reasons why many LED TVs fail early in life is not because of their display technology, but instead because their power caps get busted from power surges or dips. Install a voltage regulator with a battery backup that can provide additional power during dips. Not only will it protect against hazards like power surges caused by lightning, but it will also help keep the TV operating efficiently no matter what other electronics are being used in the home.
The LED TV is going to be using a lot of power in the home. This power produces a lot of heat, which the ventilation system helps remove. However, many people install their LED TVs without giving them room to breathe. This affects the ventilation system, keeping the television hot. LED TVs do not last long in high heat conditions, as their internal parts start to be affected. Make sure that the TV has at least 4 inches to breathe around the ventilation vents. This means if it is a flat panel TV, but the vent is on the back of the television, do not install it against the wall. Instead, install it on a tabletop or entertainment center, and keep the vent 4 inches away from the wall.
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