Picture this- You’ve just bought yourself a Shiny new monitor. It’s LED, has all the latest technologies in the market, a class-leading refresh rate, but it also costs you a fortune. Now, the only question that remains is, how long does a monitor last? The average time a monitor lasts is between 30,000 and 60,000, however, the actual answer for your unit can vary greatly depending on the type of screen. Before you invest in a display, it would be very wise to see how the best options in the market, LCD for affordability and LED for quality, match-up and more specifically, how long the different options can serve you.
How Long Does A Monitor Last?
Answering the important question- Just how long does a computer screen last?
To be honest, the correct, accurate answer is “It Depends”. This is because monitor life is dependent on a variety of figures, from the type of display to the backlit settings, and the way the user uses it. However, consistent testing puts us at a ballpark figure of around 30,000 to 60,000 hours. To put this into perspective, this means you can use your screen for 8 hours a day, every single day, and get around 10 to 20 years of mileage out of your unit, depending on a combination of other factors. Keep in mind, however, that the type of display, hardware quality and style of use can have a major effect on its longevity.
For example, the CRT display, or the Cathode Ray Display prevalent in old computers, is only usable for 20,000 odd hours and is prone to many problems such as dead or black pixels, greenish tints. LCD and LED screens, on the other hand, are much more durable.
How long do LCD monitors last?
LCD screens, also known as Liquid Crystal Displays, are the most commonly used displays in today’s day and age and are most likely what you are reading this article on. It is what most research is based on, and as such usually lasts anywhere between 30,000 to 60,000 hours, that is,10-15 years if you use it for 6-8 hours a day.
How long do LED monitors last?
LED screens, also known as Light-emitting diode, are usually considering the best options in the market because they usually feature the latest technologies in the market, and as such have much longer lives if you choose a good brand. Their main advantage is their ability to be brighter and more vivid while also being more energy-efficient. This in turn also gives them a much longer lifespan of 80,000 to even an astounding 120,000 years. This means that, if maintained well, you can get up to 20 years out of your LED monitors.
What else determines how long a monitor lasts?
- Its brand, which determines its service years and quality,
- Build quality and components,
- Quality of care and maintenance,
- Hours and nature of use.
Additional tips to increase the lifespan of your display:
- Leaving ample space for its air vents to function,
- Keep the space you use the unit in clean,
- Setting your screensaver settings to switch it off when not in use,
- Adjusting brightness levels according to your convenience,
- Making sure components are plugged in properly.
The above article establishes that though monitors are usually predicted to last between 30,000 and 60,000 hours, this number can vary greatly according to a variety of other factors. Your screen can be used for much shorter or longer depending on its brand, service years, build, maintenance and most importantly, the type of display. If you are to buy a quality display and maintain it properly using various tips we’ve summarized above, you can get a good number of years from it.