11 Tips to Help Make Your LED TV Last Longer

You’ve just bought a brand new LED TV. It cost you a pretty penny, so you want to make sure it lasts as long as possible. How are you going to do it?

As with all things, TVs fade with age but there are steps you can take to lengthen the life of your new investment. According to manufacturers, the lifespan of an LED TV varies between 4 and 10 years (between 40,000 and 100,000 hours), depending on usage and maintenance. Of course, factors like type, brand, location and environment play a crucial role. Samsung, Sony, LG and other well-known brands normally last longer because of the higher quality hardware components used. However, even with less well-known brands, it is safe to assume that the life expectancy will be a few years longer than even the best TV warranty.

Here are 11 tips for you to make sure that you get the maximum mileage from your new LED TV.

  1. DON’T leave your screen on when you’re not watching.
  2. DON’T leave it in standby mode.
  3. DO switch it off when nobody’s watching TV – and unplug it too, to save on your energy bill.
  4. Where you place your LED TV is an important factor that adds or subtracts years from its lifespan. DON’T set it up near a window, the sun will damage the components.
  5. DON’T set it up near a woodstove, as the wood dust, ash and heat will really shorten its lifespan.
  6. DON’T set it up too close to the floor; the dust will settle there.
  7. DO mount it against the wall for best results.
  8. DO make sure you keep it well ventilated.
  9. DO adjust the brightness levels. There’s no need to keep the brightness at showroom levels. Remember, once the picture begins to dim the picture quality is affected until it eventually becomes unwatchable. ‘Film’ or ‘home’ settings work just as well, or you could adjust it based on the light of the room it’s in by selecting either ‘dark room’ or ‘medium room’.
  10. DO adjust contrast levels. The higher the contrast the more power the TV uses which decreases the TV’s longevity. Set the contrast to ‘standard’.
  11. DO use a voltage regulator with a battery back up in case of power dips or surges. This prevents the power caps from going BAM! when other electronics switch on and draw electricity.

You want to make sure you get the best value for your money from your LED TV. Follow these 11 tips and you should enjoy excellent viewing for years to come.