How Long Do LED TVs Last? Myths Vs Reality
According to experts, LED TVs have had the highest number of sells in the past 5 years. Even with the coming up of 4K resolution, most buyers still opt for LED illumination in TVs. But how long do LED TVs last in real life?
They’ve been around for a long time, but did they make any progress when it comes to durability? Or did their lifespan stay pretty much the same, despite the advance in TV technology?
In theory, an average LED TV lasts somewhere between 60,000 and 100,000 hours. But does this rule apply in reality too?
Besides, are you really making a good deal getting an LED TV at this point? It’s time to analyze several popular answers to see if they are real or just myths.
Answer #1: It Depends Of Their Lifespan
MYTH – 70%; REALITY – 30%
Even though, in theory, every TV on the market should have its lifespan written in its technical book, this only happens in the case of plasmas. LEDs, LCDs or any others don’t have anything of this kind stated. At least not officially.
As I told you at the beginning, the theoretical lifespan of a modern TV is around 60,000-100,000 hours.
Well, among all TVs, plasmas are considered to have the longest lifespan. Normally, a plasma should last longer than both an LCD and an LED, with only a few exceptions. This means that plasmas last closer to 100,000 hours than to 60,000.
However, once a TV reaches its lifespan, it doesn’t mean it’s old, it’s not usable anymore or it no longer works. In fact, most TVs work just fine even after several years, when their lifespan is supposed to be over.
Therefore, a TV’s durability doesn’t depend of its lifespan. In fact, it doesn’t even have much to do with it. The lifespan is just an informative parameter, in case you want to get an idea about what you’re buying. And most TVs don’t even have an official lifespan, we just suppose how long it could be.
So the part of the lifespan is more of a myth than a reality.
Answer #2: You Can Make Them Last Longer Yourself
MYTH – 5%; REALITY – 95%
Although it may seem that an LED TV’s durability is a matter of brand and construction, things are a bit more complex.
You can extend the lasting period of your TV by following several tips. Above all, pay attention to these:
- Lower the contrast and brightness settings, because they are directly connected to the TV’s backlight. The backlight itself is actually the main battery drain of the TV
- Do as much as you can to keep the battery in good health. Besides the settings I mentioned above, you should also turn off the TV when you’re not watching it and get a voltage regulator that would protect it from the eventual power surges
- Keep your TV away from overheating, which can appear if it’s placed in a dry or closed room. In this case, make sure you ventilate or keep the windows opened for a certain time, so that your TV’s battery won’t get too heated up
So the durability of an LED does depend a lot of you. Maybe even more than it depends of the producer and of any other technical details. It’s true that you can’t make miracles with a low-class TV, but a regular one should last longer, if kept in good conditions. This thing is real, not a myth.
Answer #3: The Brand Is The Critical Factor
MYTH – 55%; REALITY – 45%
The brand and the technical details do play an important part in the durability of any product, that’s for sure. And LED TVs make no exception.
However, it is not all about the brand.
There are a lot of high quality LEDs that aren’t made by technology giants like Samsung, Panasonic or Sony. And vice versa, there are a few models from big hitting companies that fell short of everyone’s expectations once they entered the market.
So the brand isn’t the essential factor in a TV’s durability, but its design, components or mechanism are among them. However, these are not always the same for one brand.
For example, Samsung created most of the top LED TVs, and it’s pretty obvious that they have really good pieces and a great overall design. But at the same time, Samsung also makes cheaper versions of LEDs, which is quite clear that won’t have the same total score.
So the brand of a TV does matter a lot, but it’s not the major thing. That’s already a myth.
So How Long Do LED TVs Last?
Even though the typical lifespan of a LED TV is around 80,000 hours, in reality it should last much more, as long as no other technical issues come up. Let’s say about 6-7 years in very good shape.
The theoretical lifespan may not be such an important factor for an LED’s durability, but the condition in which it’s kept is. Make sure you take good care of the battery, which is pretty much the heart of the TV.
And don’t focus on getting a brand TV, because that’s not the key. Get one if possible, it’s much better to choose the giants, but the brand doesn’t always guarantee the durability.
So it is worth to get a LED TV at this point, at least when it comes to durability. Even though it doesn’t have the top image features right now, it will make a great, durable TV for your home. So you’re not making a mistake buying a LED TV, that’s a reality.