How Long Do 4K TVs Last In General?
4K TVs are definitely riding the wave right now when it comes to technology. The color depth, decreasing prices and detailed gaming feature, all these elements make them among the most popular devices at this point. And their fame is growing day by day.
However, are they really as quality pieces as they seem? In order to answer this question, there’s one big factor that we have to consider before anything else – their durability. So how long do 4K TVs generally last?
It’s pretty simple: in theory, it’s all about their lifespan. Practically, not really. 😉
Okay, So…What Exactly Is This Lifespan?
Even though it’s not stated in most 4K’s technical papers, the lifespan is a pretty important term to help you get an idea about the approximated durability of your TV.
In simple words, the lifespan is the period until your TV loses half of its brightness. But it’s not as bad as it sounds, don’t worry.
When you buy a new TV, its pictures are very bright and the contrast is pretty high (unless you change it, obviously). After every use, the level of brightness will normally decrease, but extremely little, so little that you won’t even notice any minimal change.
But in theory, the lifespan is the period that passes until your TV’s brightness will reach half of its initial level.
Therefore, Once The Lifespan Is Over, You Have To Throw Away The TV?
Not at all! In fact, you won’t even notice it!
Once the lifespan gets to an end and the brightness gets to half, this doesn’t mean that you can’t watch that TV anymore or that your user experience will become much worse.
The TV will still work very well and the pictures will have the same depth and quality, but maybe the contrast won’t be that strong anymore. I said MAYBE, do you know why? Because once you watch that TV every day, every week or simply often, you won’t notice absolutely any difference between how it was when you first bought it and how it is now.
It’s like you saw a person every day for over 10 years. Does that person seem to have changed to you? No. But to a stranger, it does. That’s exactly the thing with 4K TV’s lifespan.
But Then… How Does The Lifespan Affect A TV’s Longevity?
In theory it does, because it’s a factor that helps you approximate the period in which your TV will work at “full capacity”. But practically, it doesn’t affect it at all because once a TV has half of its initial brightness, it still works perfectly and it’s still 100% watchable.
As I told you before, you will most likely not even know when your TV is close to the end of its lifespan because there isn’t any certain thing that could indicate this.
Plus, the few number of TVs that have their lifespan written in their technical book have it converted into hours, not into months or years. And obviously the numbers are usually very high, so you can’t really calculate how much you watched the TV every day.
Therefore, don’t worry too much about the lifespan. It’s just a parameter with no certain part, in my opinion. Maybe just a theoretical one, at most.
So, How Much Is The General Lifespan?
Even though its value doesn’t say much, an average 4K TV has a lifespan somewhere between 80,000- 10,000 hours. This even looks huge, not to mention that it’s much less than a 4K TV can work in proper conditions.
If you only watched TV 3 hours per day, this would mean that your TV would reach its lifespan in 3000 days. That’s around 9 years until the brightness gets to half of its initial power. So this is really a lot of time, not to mention that you can use the TV long after its lifespan period.
But if you want to have a serious proof, producers are sure their TVs will last in great shape for at least this period. To me, this sounds really comforting. Literally 😉
Concluding, How Much Do 4K TVs Last?
As much as you want them to last, as long as you take good care of them. There are a few tricks you can use in order to help your TV last longer. The basics are to lower the contrast using the TV’s settings (though the lowering brightness won’t be visible once you get used to it, I told you before) or not to keep it on all day long.
Anyway, back to our story. So an average 4K TV should normally last over 5 years in excellent conditions, and it should also be usable after 8-9 years. In what condition, that depends of the brand, the model and the way it was taken care of.
But you shouldn’t worry about 4K’s durability in general, because they are definitely made to last, and for a long time. So if this what you were waiting for to get a 4K TV, then you can get one without any fear, I guarantee for this. 😉