How Long Does a Monitor Last? (Answered)

When you invest in monitors, you want to know how long they will last. This can be a costly investment in your computer setup, and you might also use your monitor to watch TV. This can add up to lots of hours of your monitor being on and in use.

Monitors will last anywhere from 30,000- 60,000 hours in most cases. This means that you might get anywhere from 10-20 years of use from your average monitor. Higher-quality monitors will often last longer than low-quality products. These averages are based on an eight-hour day of use.

Do Some Kinds of Monitors Last Longer Than Others?

The different kinds of monitors will have different lifespans. You will want to know more about the various kinds of monitor before you buy so that you can be sure that you will get a lot of bang for your buck. Educated purchases are always more ideal than purchases based on assumptions.

  • Cathode Ray Tube (CRT) Monitors

These are older technology that use cathode rays to create the image on the screen. These monitors will last for about 20,000-30,000 hours of use. You will get about ten years from this kind of screen. This is a less efficient style of monitor than other newer technologies.

  • LCD Monitors

LCD monitors will last for about 30,000-60,000 hours of use. This is 10-20 years. You will be able to improve the lifespan of this kind of monitor by making sure that you turn it off when you are not using it. Keeping this kind of screen on for about 12 hours a day will decrease its lifespan.

  • LED Monitors

These monitors last for a long time, and you can get about 80,000-120,000 hours of use from this kind of monitor. You will get about 30 to 40 years of use from this kind of monitor. The cost of these monitors is higher due to the advanced technology used to make them, but they will last a lot longer than other products on the market today.

  • OLED Monitors

The lifespan of these monitors can be variable, but you might expect about 100,000 hours of active use. This might mean that your OLED monitor could last for about 35 years. These monitors do have issues with burn-in, however, which can be caused by long sessions of gaming or showing the same image for too long each day.

Picking the Right Monitors Can Impact Lifespan Greatly

The lifespan of various kinds of monitors can vary greatly. You will want to be sure that you are picking the right monitor for your usage needs and that you are willing to spend a little extra money if you are going to use your monitors for many hours a day. The better quality your monitor is, the longer its lifespan will be. Investing a little money upfront can be wise if you use your monitors for many hours a day.

This article was last updated on March 6, 2023 .

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