The lifespan of the average hotel TV clocks in at five to six years, with many operators looking for ways to push their investment to seven years or more if possible.
The degradation of LCD panels over time is a chief reason for hotel TV upgrades, as they rely on fluorescent light sources which have more technical difficulties than modern alternatives, according to Fred Crespo, director, technology and business development at TV designer and manufacturer Samsung EBD Hospitality. Newer TV models outfitted with LED screens are purportedly more durable over time, but not all hotels are waiting for their TVs to show a reduction in quality before shelling out for a replacement.
“Many of the early flat-panel [TVs] that were produced need to be replaced by now, but hotels also want thinner screens, slimmer bezels and a higher picture quality,” Crespo said.
According to Mike Aiken, senior electrical engineer at Seura, a manufacturer of high-end TV mirrors and outdoor TVs, the main culprit shortening TV lifespans is heat. Phosphorescent bulbs found in ECD screens produce much more heat than the cooler LED models, which are backlit and use less power at cooler temperatures. “Combined, these factors allow for an extended life for a TV,” Aiken said.
Aiken also recommends being sure that a TV is off as long as possible when not in use and dusting the appliances regularly. While TVs use internal fans and air vents to cool electronic equipment, cleaning around the vents and fans themselves can reduce dust buildup and prevent clogging in the cooling systems.
“Implementing creative methods, such as sleep timers and auto shut-off features in hotel TVs can keep them powered off when they are not in use, greatly adding to the product’s life,” Aiken said.
Crespo said that most TVs are rated for eight hours of use per day, meaning that every second the TV is off is saving time. Hotels can implement tracking equipment to verify if a room is in a checked-in or checked-out state, allowing for a lowered maximum brightness and volume that translates into savings on both equipment and energy in the long term