How to Prevent Screen Burn-In for a Samsung Plasma

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How to Prevent Screen Burn-In for a Samsung Plasma
Plasma televisions are susceptible to screen burn-in, but the effect can be avoided by taking proactive steps against it. (full hd lcd tv image by mattmatt73 from

While plasma televisions tend to offer better viewing experiences than LCD televisions when it comes to contrast ratio and the lack of motion-blur, they are more susceptible to screen burn-in. Screen burn-in is a permanent discolouration of the screen which occurs when a static image is displayed on the screen over an extended period of time. The image becomes essentially "burnt in." Luckily, there are many ways to prevent screen burn-in on Samsung televisions, as well as many other brands of plasmas.

Skill level:


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    Turn off your plasma television when you are not watching it. While the images on the screen usually won't be static if you are watching live television, it is a good habit to get into. Not only does remembering to turn off your television help conserve electricity but it can help prevent future accidental screen burn-in.

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    Do not pause DVDs or video games for more than 20 minutes. If you must take an extended break from the movie you are watching or the game you are playing, turn off the television instead. If you leave your DVD player or game console on instead, you can resume your activity later without losing your place.

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    Use the anti-burn settings on a Samsung or other brand of plasma television during the first 200 hours of watching television. Plasma screens are more susceptible to burn-in during their first 200 hours of use. This setting causes pixels on the screen to slightly move in a continuous fashion, preventing burn-in. The movement is so minuscule, your eye will probably not even notice it.

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    Change the aspect ratio of the screen if the DVD you are watching is displaying black bars on the side (as with 4:3 aspect) or on the bottom (as with 16:9 aspect). Displaying solid black colour for prolonged periods of time (especially in the first 200 hours) can cause those areas of the screen to be noticeably darker when watching full-screen content.

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    Change the brightness and contrast controls to a lower level for the first 200 hours of television viewing. This can help "break in" the television screen. The brightness and contrast controls can be found in the "settings" menu on your television.

Tips and warnings

  • Samsung plasma televisions are one of the better suited brands in regards to being resistant to screen burn-in. However, if you do get a mild case of screen-burn in, many televisions (Samsung models included) have a "wash" function that will move a bright white bar across the screen in attempt to rid any image retention area of the problem. Find it under the "settings and tools" menu of your television.

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