You may still remember the first television that came into your home, probably equipped with a cathode ray tube. At that time, the idea of flat screens practically entered the field of science fiction, and surely none of the occupants of the house considered that this appliance had an expiration date. Today, however, we know from experience that this is not the case, and that any gadget is designed to last, at most, as long as the technology on which it is based. Now, so that you do not have to replace your monitor prematurely, we bring you these tips to extend the life of your LED screen.
These recommendations are especially useful for professionals and organizations that choose to include outdoor advertising (outdoor advertising) in its business strategy, either by using LED displays giant, neon signs, LED panels or similar products. Following a few guidelines, not only is the initial investment more profitable, but this also helps to improve the technical quality of the campaign and, ultimately, the company’s corporate image.
However, before entering the matter, it should be noted that we are dealing with a technology that is too young to speak of complete life cycles. Even so, it is estimated that the average life of an LED screen usually ranges between 60,000 and 100,000 hours, depending on the use they are given. In the best case, then, this would be equivalent to using an LED monitor six hours a day for 45 years.
Another aspect that must be made clear is that, when referring to the useful life, we always think of the main component of the screen: the panel, despite the fact that there are other elements that can negatively affect the operation of an LED screen. Without going any further, it is much more likely that a circuit will break down sooner than the panel (avoiding, of course, logical loss of brightness due to the passing of the years and the appearance of some dead pixels).
Also, the replacement of an LED screen does not have to be because it stops working: it is enough that its performance is no longer optimal, which can compromise the achievement of the objectives set in a certain marketing campaign.
That said; let’s go with our tips to extend the life of your LED screen.
Avoid too humid or sunny places
We know that the ideal location for an outdoor LED screen, at least from the advertising point of view, will not always coincide with the place that meets the best climatic and atmospheric conditions for the conservation of your screen. In any case, and although our outdoor LED monitors are equipped with rain protection , a rather dry climate and with a moderate number of hours of sun favors the conservation of any LED screen more than one that is more rainy and sunny. As for indoor LED screens, avoid placing them in spaces with humidity or where dust tends to accumulate. In this way, you can better protect it from environmental constraints.
Make sure that sunlight does not directly hit the LED screen
If you are going to install indoor LED screens in your store window, try to avoid sunlight hitting the screen directly, as this would force you to adjust the contrast and brightness to very high levels. While Visual LED displays always guarantee perfect visibility regardless of ambient clarity, forcing these values would increase power consumption and therefore could shorten the life of the monitor. Keep this in mind when dealing with the window dressing of your business.
Always place your screen on a flat surface
This recommendation is another of the most important tips to extend the life of your screen. If it is a screen that is not going to hang on the wall, it needs to be placed on a surface that is strong and not tilted. To select the ideal distance for users, multiply the size of the television by four and place it at the user’s eye level, as it can make him lose interest if he has to force his neck to watch television well. Otherwise, it may cause discomfort.
Uses surge suppressor and voltage regulator
Although there are many users who confuse them, the truth is that they are two different elements. Surge suppressors are devices designed to counteract short voltage surges, equivalent to one mains cycle. These elements may be accompanied by other protections, such as filters against electromagnetic interference and electrical noise. When the duration of the voltage spike is prolonged, or is repeated frequently, the suppressor can be damaged and stop working, so this is not a convenient solution to regulate the voltage.
In turn, the voltage regulators counteract voltage variations with a duration greater than one grid cycle, that is, above 16.6 milliseconds. In this way, a voltage with the most stable voltage possible and without fluctuations is achieved, even with increases and decreases in the voltage in the electrical network. Thus, in short, the voltage regulator provides a constant level of voltage, essential for the proper functioning of any electrical appliance.
Therefore, both the surge suppressor and the voltage regulator are complementary and equally necessary, so it is not recommended to do without one of them. Currently, there are companies that market both integrated in a single technology of regulators (or electronic regulator).
Do not use abrasive liquids to clean the screen
To extend the life of your LED screen, it is essential to always use products with a formulation that is suitable for the exterior components of the screen. By saying this, we are not referring only to chemicals, but also to other employees routinely in the domestic environment to polish televisions, such as vinegar. At the time of acquiring your screen, at Visual Led we will indicate which are the most suitable products to remove dirt from your LED screen.
Using a special cloth or soft suede, such as that used to clean the lenses of the glasses, slightly moistened with water are also recommended.
Don’t touch the screen with your fingers
It may seem obvious, but this is one of the most common mistakes that individuals and companies tend to make. In case you need to change the location of your LED displays for shops and showcases, always hold them by the ends. Obviously, you must also take precautions not to accidentally hit them.