Why OLED TVs burn-in: OLED TVs burnout problem explained


There are a lot of myths about OLED TVs. Partly, this is true, but often the problem is too exaggerated. OLED screens are now gaining popularity, with companies like LG and Sony using them in their televisions. Also, Apple, Samsung, and Sony use OLED screens in their smartphones and tablets.
In general, OLED is one of the most promising technologies of our time in the screens industry. However, the technology faces one problem, which is called burn-in.
Burn-in happens when some element on the screen (for example, the TV channel logo) is stably in one place. The result is a ‘ghost screen’ effect. When you change the image, the old element remains as a ghost, that are burnt-in elements.

OLED is a real problem, but you should understand that it is a bit more exaggerated than it might seem at first glance.

Should I worry about OLED burn in?

Both yes and no. On the one hand, this is a real problem, so it should not be underestimated. On the other hand, the lifespan of your OLED TV is usually around 30,000 hours (according to LG info). That’s about 20 years unless of course, you watch the TV 24/7. I think that’s enough for almost anyone.

For example, Samsung doesn’t use OLED screens in its TVs, because the company believes that this technology is more promising than Quantum Dots (QLED).
I am not inclined to think so, each technology has its advantages and disadvantages. It is true that OLED TVs are more susceptible to burn-in, but at the same time, OLED screens offer better picture quality as well.

How common is burn in on OLED TVs?

It’s not really a very common problem. Even more, if you are using the TV normally and not using it to show static images, you are very unlikely to run into this problem. At least with normal TV use, you won’t run into this problem in the next 3-4 years.
However, if you are still afraid that your TV will encounter a burn-in problem, then the best way out is to buy a TV with a screen using a different technology. For example, you can buy a regular LED TV or consider Samsung QLED TV. But you should understand that OLED TVs offer better picture quality than other TVs, so if you select another screen type, then the picture quality will be worse than with OLED TV.

Can you fix burn in OLED?

Unfortunately, there is no way to fix a burn-in of your TV. But you can avoid a burn-in by simply following some common rules:

  1. Avoid static images.
  2. If you’re not using your TV, it’s best to turn it off.
  3. Reduce the brightness. Many of us are used to watching TV at maximum brightness, but you can actually use a lower brightness. Either way, this will prolong the lifespan of your TV.


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