A work colleague and I was discussing Plasma TV screens and he said he had read somewhere that the screen lasts only 5 years. As I knew nothing on the subject I didn't add anything to the conversation. Has anybody more knowledge on the subject?
From the consumer's perspective, though, the 30,000-hour figure should be comforting, since this is about how long CRTs last. Let's put all this in perspective: Assuming the average American household watches 4 to 6 hours of television per day, a plasma display will last between 13 and 20 years. If you think about it, that's quite a bit of bang for your buck.
Sort of on the same tack, I recently heard a complaint on a consumer affairs radio programme about an LCD tv. The caller had bought one a few months earlier (£2500) and had taken out an extended warranty. The "bulb" (backlight?) had gone and the caller was told that the warranty did not cover any items such as bulbs (fair enough in a fridge, I suppose) and that the cost of a replacement would be £350 + fitting. This was not just the response from the retailer, but also the manufacturer. Also because it was a "bulb", the rule about a fault within the first 6 months being deemed to have been present from manufacture seems not to apply. It was enough to peruade me to stick with my CRT for the moment.
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