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Plasma TV Care

Updated on November 6, 2014
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Care of Plasma TV Screens

A plasma TV is a great investment in your home entertainment. Plasma TVs offer outstanding picture quality with deep blacks and superb color saturation; no other current technology offers higher quality viewing particularly in lower ambient light.

Plasma televisions are not "high maintenance" but they are however a significant investment and worthy of some time and attention to their care. On this page, learn about:

how to calibrate your plasma TV how to mount it how to clean your plasma TV and all about plasma TV care in general

How to Mount Plasma TV Screens

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Where and How to Mount Plasma TV Screens

First things first; plasma TV care includes assuring your new television is in a safe place. Obviously, like any expensive device you want it out of the main traffic pattern within a room to avoid accidentally knocking it over or just bumping into it.

For general placement guidelines about where to place your television or how high to mount your TV check out the highlighted pages here.

Mounting it on a wall or from the ceiling with a proper mount allows you to take advantage of the space saving design of the screen and helps to assure it's safety. Television stands are acceptable of course but somewhat less secure.

For assistance in selecting the best TV mount review this information.

Plasma TVs do create a bit of heat and therefore need proper venting. Be sure there is adequate space around the set when mounting. Checking out the manufacturers guidelines on this is critical.

Mounting a plasma TV over the fireplace is most easily done via a ceiling mount but prior to selecting this location assure that the wall temperature doesn't exceed what the manufacture specifies for the television's storage and operation even after having the fireplace burn for an hour or so.

A useful page about how to mount plasma TV screens above a fireplace can be found here.

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Plasma TV Care: Protecting Your TV From the Elements

Ensuring the right environment is also important in proper plasma TV care. Moisture and temperature extremes are destructive to all home electronics products. Exposure to excessive humidity, spills, or condensation due to rapid changes in temperature can destroy electrical components and cause corrosion.

For these reasons proper plasma TV care requires owners to avoid setting drinks, plants, fish tanks, and so forth on shelves above or beside their TV. Generally speaking, a plasma TV should be stored and operated indoors rather than outdoors or on a patio or deck. If the area isn't temperature controlled, it is not an appropriate home for the television. (There are sets designed/built for outdoor use and which also come with an appropriate cover.)

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Anti-Aging Techniques: Plasma TV Calibration to Preserve Life

Good plasma TV care requires that you adjust the settings on your TV. The television displays in a showroom are generally set to optimum brightness to catch your eye and when the TV is delivered it is often set to optimum levels as well.

These levels of operation are excessive. They can promote eye strain, consume excessive energy, and certainly age the phosphors in your plasma TV screen prematurely. To assure longevity, adjust the brightness to suit the lighting levels in your room.

For some tips on plasma TV calibration, check out this article.

Another simple tip to promote a long life for your television is to turn it off when it is not being viewed. This assures the life of the phosphors and reduces power consumption as well. A win-win situation.

How to Calibrate Plasma TV Screens - An Example

Proof of How Plasma TV Calibration Can Also Save Energy

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Plasma TV Care: Protection from Storms

A little common sense says: Use a surge protector. Plasma TV care includes assuring that a lightning strike does spell the end of your TV.

These devices can save you thousands in the long run, are simple to install, and are unobtrusive, so why not?

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Plasma TV Care: A Clean Plasma TV is a Happy TV

The old adage "An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure" applies in plasma TV care as well. Don't touch the screen. Teach children not to touch the screen. This will help eliminate not just finger prints but also scratches.

Don't use sprays near the TV: Room deodorizers, air fresheners, furniture polish, and so forth can be damaging.

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How to Clean Plasma TV Screens

Despite your best efforts, dirt and foreign matter will probably make it's way onto your screen. The key to good plamsa TV care is to properly clean the screen with the right tools. Manufacturers don't recommend the use of strong cleaners. A micro fiber cloth is commonly suggested which is effective against any dust and finger prints.

If more aggressive cleaning is in order, a cleaner made specifically for plasma or PC screens (anti-static cleaners) can be used. However, don't forget about the aversion to liquids! Such cleaners should never be sprayed directly on the screen. Instead, it should be applied to the cloth. Materials such as a paper towel or Kleenex are too abrasive and should not be used on the screen as they can damage the anti-glare coating.

Again, read the manufacturers instructions to assure the best care.

Stay on the Safe Side

When Plasma TV screens first entered the market one of the biggest concerns was "burn in". Technology advancements have reduced the risk tremendously; but users are wise to avoid leaving a static image on the screen unnecessarily.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      someone told me to not let sunlight hit the screen on a plasma t.v., is this true?

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: "Don't use sprays near the TV: Room deodorizers, air fresheners, furniture polish, and so forth can be damaging."

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Did not answer my question!! This is not about cleaning my tv. I need to know weather or not i can safely use air freshner (canned) around my plasma tvs and my computers?

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      latestigitalcamera 5 years ago

      Good information, this will prevent any further tragic accidents in homes with children.

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      latestigitalcamera 5 years ago

      Good information, this will prevent any further tragic accidents in homes with children.

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      homeaudiovisual 6 years ago

      Nice lens I have a similar lens if you want to take a look?

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      squidootime 6 years ago

      Thanks for the cool info!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Wonderful blog! I truly love how it is easy on my eyes as well as the information are well written. I love Samsung Plasma TV and looking for C550 series. I am wondering how I might be notified whenever a new post has been made. I have subscribed to your rss feed which must do the trick! Have a nice day!

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      morach2009 6 years ago

      I have literally following the prices of HDTV is now available for about a year, and no better time to upgrade! Samsung just his new series "C", and somehow they are significantly less expensive than existing models! Most websites selling this for $ 800 + HDTV, less than the low Amazon price is less than the rest of the market. I bought here on Amazon, and I have my HDTV in 5 days (would have four days, but I had school all day). CEVA has the shipping costs to my LCD TVs, I at first because I was treated only with UPS and FedEx, on guard. However, CEVA provides excellent customer service, and to contact me and given me oral administration. Packaging was very effective and easy to surprise!

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      digitalnotes 7 years ago

      Selecting a television wall mount to suit your situation can be difficult.

      looking for a television wall mount

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      jessadaju 7 years ago

      I purchased this stand primarily because the top tray was both large enough to hold my center speaker while providing reasonable elevation for the speaker. Price was also a factor - similarly designed stands cost twice, some even nearly three times as much.

      TV Wall Mounting

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      Andy 8 years ago from London, England

      Great lens. Very useful

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      thanks for this info. Thankfully I was given cleaning instructions on my little plasma...

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Good info. on Plasma TV, but I am still concern about burn on of the screen. I don't plan to watch this particular TV alnight but do have the behavior of falling asleep overnight. I own two LCD's and has left it on for 24 hours. The screen seem fine but perfer the glass of the Plasma. Help!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Good info. on Plasma TV, but I am still concern about burn on of the screen. I don't plan to watch this particular TV alnight but do have the behavior of falling asleep overnight. I own two LCD's and has left it on for 24 hours. The screen seem fine but perfer the glass of the Plasma. Help!

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      julieannbrady 8 years ago

      Hey, what's this I hear? A little birdie told me that you don't watch much TV -- hmmmmm -- Maks is HOT! ;)

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      rebeccahiatt 8 years ago

      Great information for the plasma TV owners. Thanks

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      DrRichard LM 9 years ago

      I love my plasma TV. Unfortunately my 2-year old likes to put sticky fingermarks on it! Great lens - 5 stars!

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      Robin S 9 years ago from USA

      This is fabulous. Thanks, we're looking into getting one of these.

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      jackmith 9 years ago

      I lensrolled you on Best Plasma TV

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      jackmith 9 years ago

      nice lens. useful and thorough guide. I will lensroll you on mine on next update

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      catch-cheating 9 years ago

      useful and detail guide how to take care your plasma tv

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      tdove 9 years ago

      Great lens on plasma tv care. I'm lensrolling you into Plasma TV Consumer Electronics.

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      clouda9 lm 9 years ago

      Our son owns a plasma and freaked when he used Windex to clean the screen, all is okay but I sent him your lens for info.