Depending on the manufacturer, you can get more than 100,000 hours of watch time from a LCD television. However, how you treat your television will determine whether you fall well below this number or exceed it. Make sure you are using your LCD television with longevity in mind.
Give It A Rest
You're cooking dinner, helping your children with their homework and talking to your spouse on the phone about their day. Not a single person is engaged in the television, but it's on. This type of seemingly innocent behavior decreases the lifespan of your television. All manufactures design their products with an average hour lifespan in mind, such as 75,000 hours. Unfortunately, an hour is an hour, even if the television isn't being watched.
To put this into perspective, consider a family that watches a television around 9 hours a day, but leaves the television on an additional 3 hours a day when no one is watching. Given the 75,000-hour figure, this family would reduce the likely lifespan of their television from 22 years to 17 years, which is substantial. Just imagine how much the lifespan would decrease if you left the television on all night. If you want to get the most out of your investment, turn it off.
Choose The Right Location
Television placement also has an influence on longevity. The most important thing to remember is ventilation; a television must be able to breathe. All the internal electrical components necessary to produce the rich color and vivid picture offered by LCDs generate a significant amount of heat. When a television can't breathe, this heat isn't cycled away, but instead retained by the unit, increasing its temperature. High heat levels affect picture quality and reduce lifespan.
Never place your television flush with another object, such as directly next to a wall. You want to leave several inches of space between the television's air vents and any surrounding objects. If you can't place your hand between the object and the television, it's too close. It's also important to be mindful of placing your television near any windows, especially if they aren't covered with a window treatment. The extra heat from the sun's UV rays can also increase the internal temperature of the television and lead to issues.
The cost of anLCD television can be a sizable investment. Make sure you are aiming to get your money's worth.