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How Long will Your Plasma TV Last?

The holiday season is the number one season for consumers to make a big electronic purchase either as a gift or to take advantage of the sales and buy one for themselves. There may be some reservations on whether or not to purchase such a grand item simply because of the cost and perhaps you heard that plasma’s don’t have a long life span. There have been stories that early plasma’s have since burned out and are now serving out their life sentences as parts, or just heaps sitting in people’s basements. Sadly, this is true for some of those earlier models.

Buying a plasma television is a big financial decision and in this day and age of financial upsets, consumers want to buy products that are going to stand the test of time. Consumers want to protect their investments in today’s economy so knowing how long a product is going to last is an extremely important thing to know.

Earlier plasma television models from the late 1990’s and early 2000 were made by manufacturers who were new to the whole plasma technology boom. Plasma televisions were cranked out pretty quickly to take part in the craze that was sweeping the world. These older models were inches thicker, archaic and not technologically sound but boy did they sell! The prices for this new technology were out of this world with some costing up to $10,000 dollars. Consumers went crazy for them and bought them in record numbers, and they loved them, and the craze for plasma continued. Sadly those models did not last for most of the consumers who bought them during their debut. The simple reason being that manufactures were learning about the new plasma technology and it all became trial and error.

Manufactures have now perfected the technology for the most part and the lifespan of plasma television has extended in leaps and bounds. Contributing to the longer life of plasmas are the continuing technologies that are making the manufacturing of the televisions better and better. Learning from past mistakes have made manufactures know where they needed to improve on the quality of plasma televisions and how they could make the life span and the overall quality better for consumers to reap the benefits.

How Long Do Plasma TVs Last?

The average life span of plasma televisions on the market today are reportedly lasting 60,000 hours, which is way more substantial to regular tube-based television sets. This prediction, cause we have to realize that it is just that based on consumer polling, does not take into account the various problems one could encounter with their television.

Panasonic was the first company to announce this new and grand life span and other companies just jumped right in announcing theirs would last just as long. 60,000 hours is a long time indeed, but it really depends on how much your television stays on. If your household never turns the television off, of course it will burn out faster then those who just watch occasionally. So depending on the consumers usage, a brand new plasma television could honestly last anywhere from 9 years to 55 years. That to me is reason enough to justify a purchase.

Extending the life of your plasma television

Preserving the life of your plasma television can help you stretch out your electronics life span and give you the peace of mind that the money you spent was well worth your investment.

All plasma screens will diminish over time; in fact the brightness begins to fade at microscopic levels as soon as you turn on your brand new set. By controlling your brightness and contrast levels that are appropriate to your viewing comfort is one way to preserve the life of your screen. Do not constantly adjust the contrast and brightness levels, as this will decrease the life of the product. Keep your set at a level that is consistent and never set the contrast at 100 percent, as this will definitely affect your screen properties. It is recommended to keep the screen contrast at 60 percent for optimal viewing pleasure. Be sure to change the contrast once you have set your television up in your house as most manufactures have preset the contrast to 100 percent.

Always turn the television off after use and keeping the television in a well-ventilated area will keep it from over-heating. A set that is too hot will have to work twice as hard to produce a picture and ultimately ruin the set itself.

Never leave a static image on the screen; the phosphors that are inside of the screen may "burn-in" which is a common problem that can leave a ghost-like image permanently on the screen and in some cases, cannot be repaired.

Just by educating yourself on how to prevent your plasma from fading out over time will inurn protect your investment by making the plasma extend for a long life. Those 60,000 hours can go by quickly if you don’t take the simple steps to get the best out of your major investment.