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If you are planning to replace your old tube TV with a plasma HDTV fancy but are concerned by stories of "plasma burn-in and the issues of life" this is what you need to know. The latest plasma technology used by renowned manufacturers have projected life expectancy equal to that of LCD screens, which is approximately 60,000 hours. Depending on your daily usage this can translate to between 12 and 55.

Early versions of plasma screens had an annoying flow – the dreaded "burn-in" or "ghosting" effect. This problem was caused by the ongoing presence of static images such as logos of the network and browser frames, which eventually resulted in permanent damage to the corresponding pixels on the screen. The "burn" effect has to do with the properties of phosphor used in plasma technology and how they react to light and electrical impulses.

Fortunately, the quality of manufacturing have been working hard to eliminate this effect. In fact, top brands now claim the depletion of the resistance equal to that of a standard CRT screen. This has been possible thanks to advances in plasma technology as the use of green phosphorus (more resistant to burn-in) and motion adaptive technology. The latter prevents the burn-through movements in image microscopic (invisible to the naked eye) that prevent static images recorded on the screen.

Plasma 1080p HDTV represents the latest advance in technology TV. So if you are planning to invest here in a few important tips to maximize your life:

1. Plasma monitors are generally more likely to burn during the first 200 hours of use. During this time (and beyond), it is advisable to avoid displaying static images for more an hour. Avoid pausing the DVD's for more than 20 minutes at a time and remember to turn off the unit when not in use.

2. Check your TV User's Manual and getting familiar with anti-burn-in features. These features may include display settings running pure gray or white (blank screen) to return to calibrate the pixels and remove any possible burning. This is especially recommended after the first 100 hours of use and later, from time to time, based on their type of use. Be sure to follow the fight against exhaustion in the instructions for video games and other static content.

3. Look at everything on the screen mode full to avoid the prolonged presence of static black areas around the active structure.

4. Instead of using the manufacturer default settings contrast, usually set to 100%, reduce it to 50% – especially during the first 200 hours of use. The only times that you may feel the need for Unlike high in a well lit room. To avoid this, turn off lights and unnecessary use of other practical ways to darken the room while you are viewing the plasma television. Reduce the brightness setting on your TV accordingly (remember "lower is better" for the longevity of your screen).

5. Equipment Tests have shown that some brands are more resistant to burn than others. The top performers include NEC, Sony, Pioneer and Panasonic. Technology used by Hitachi and Fujitsu (Alis panel type) seems to be more concerned with burns to problems. In addition, secondary brands (less known) could be affected the same problem due to less advanced technology.

6. Make sure there is enough space around the screen to prevent the unit from overheating. Keep a well ventilated area.

Lucija Talijancic is a technology news writer and researcher. She recently upgraded her TV set to a Plasma HDTV 1080p.

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