Hopefully, this will answer many question that we all have and need clarified accurately. So we can properly prepare our NEW plasma's for many years of happy, quality viewing. Rather than saying, "I didn't know that, or how was I supposed to know I should do this first.
Unfortunately manufacturer's fail to mention this information.
By Nicholas Miles
, eHow Contributor
updated: April 30, 2010
Properly break in your plasma set to avoid TV screen problems
Buying a new television can be a big decision and selecting a cutting edge plasma set is an exciting step for many consumers. If you have opted for a plasma television, you should follow a few simple rules to properly break in the set. You do not want to expose your television screen to too much stress during its early hours of operation. Generally, the break in period for your new plasma television should last for the first 200*
hours of operation ( note: most Calibrators recommend at least 150 hrs minimum). If you break in your set correctly, you should get approximately 60,000 hours of quality viewing from your new plasma TV.
: As the sets are better built to handle IR, the break-in period can be lowered to 100-150 HRS
Plasma TV Break-In
Break-in consists of a set of steps you should make right after you bought your plasma TV. Its purpose is to slowly prepare the TV for regular watching. During the break-in period, you will have to limit yourself a bit in regard to how you use your plasma TV. The break-in should be performed for the first 100-200 hours of operation. You can perform it exclusively or integrate it between your regular TV watching hours. During these 100-200 hours, the plasma TV is prone to accelerated burn-in because the pixels are fresh and fire at maximum intensity.
* Select the appropriate mode when you first power up your plasma TV. Most modern plasma TVs ask if you are going to use them in a store or in your home. In ďstoreĒ they are in ďtorch modeĒ having maximum contrast and brightness to overcome the extreme lighting and look good.
* Calibrate them or use the appropriate picture mode. Some of the models have a picture mode in which they offer best picture quality. Others need to be calibrated manually to obtain best picture. Whether you select just the picture mode or you calibrate them, the brightness and contrast should not be maximum but around 50-60%.
* Watch only full-screen content. Avoid watching 4:3 content or use the zoom function to make it fill the screen. Same for cinemascope content which is shorter than the screen and puts black bars at top and bottom of the picture. If you have to watch non full-screen content at least make the sidebars or top and bottom bars gray instead of black.
* Donít play games on it and donít use it as a computer monitor.
* Mix the content. If you are watching programs that have logo, news ticker or any other static elements donít leave the TV on the same channel for more than an hour. Ideally avoid watching such programs in the first hours.
* Donít pause for long times, donít leave your DVD menu paused on screen, etc.
You can use the white wash*
function, if present, for the first few hours in order to wear out the pixels a bit. Then you can watch regular content, sticking to the rules described above. You can perform the break-in in one continuous run for the first 100-200 hours if you are patient enough. If you donít however, watch regular content whenever you want and when youíre not in front of the TV (eating, sleeping, away) leave on the white wash*
or a full-screen program/movie without logo or other static content. Note that if using white wash*
function, you should do so for less time than the recommended 100-200 hours since it wears out the pixels at an accelerated pace and it accomplishes the same thing faster. Ideally you should use the white wash*
for the first hour and after that watch regular full-screen content without static parts.
Heres more Break-in, burn-in, and image retention
information from Samsung: