Warm up time - is too much harmful?

Discussion in 'Displays' started by Ron Reda, Dec 1, 2003.

  1. Ron Reda

    Ron Reda Cinematographer

    Jul 27, 2001
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    Prior to settling in to watch a DVD or some high-def programming, I will typically turn on my Hitachi 51SWX20B HDTV and let it warm up for at least 30-60 minutes. However, sometimes stuff comes up and I will walk away from the HT room only to leave the TV on (with no input on of course) for several hours at a time. My question is this...am I doing a lot of damage to the TV by doing this or is 5 hours of "simulated" viewing per night typical for the average HDTV?
  2. Allan Jayne

    Allan Jayne Cinematographer

    Nov 1, 1998
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    The general recommendation is to do calibration after the TV has been on and warming up for about a half hour. This means that when you are going to watch something, it is OK to turn on the TV half an hour in advance to let it settle into the calibrated settings.

    Turn-ons generally affect the TV set life adversely. Although I don't know at what point it is better to leave the set on if you are coming back soon, by and large if you leave it on for more than an hour, and the TV is well ventilated, all you are wasting is electricity.

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