Televisions are becoming more and more advanced nowadays. There are now slim TVs with crystal clear colored images and even speakers for better listening from thick, black and white screens. However, some people fear that their speakers might damage the components of their LED TVs.
Contrary to what many believe, speakers will not damage LED TVs. The reason is that high-tech televisions no longer rely on electron beams brought by magnetic fields to create images. So, even when you place a speaker near your TV, it will not damage anything.
While speakers will not damage your LED TV, they can still acquire damage from other things. For this reason, you need to do proper maintenance to ensure that your LED TV will always be at its best.
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Will Speakers Damage LED TV Components?
Back in the age of big box-type cathode ray tube televisions, strong magnetic fields affect the images displayed on the screen. Some of the better versions of such a TV model had a degaussing coil.
Such was responsible for demagnetizing the cathode ray tube from time to time when you turned on the television.
Old television models have big glass chambers that suck out all the air to create a vacuum. Right behind this chamber sits an electrical gun responsible for firing electrons towards the back of the TV screen.
Additionally, the screen has tiny lumps of phosphor. When the electron hits those phosphor lumps, it will glow to create the image displayed on the screen.
Black and white televisions only have one color of phosphor, so they cannot produce colored images.
Meanwhile, colored TVs have three different colors of phosphor grouped on their screens. Each phosphor group has one blue phosphor, a spot of red, and a spot of blue. This color grouping gives different colors to the image displayed on your screen.
Electrons reach these phosphor lumps to light them up. But for that to happen, electrons need magnetic fields to travel to the right spot of phosphor.
When magnets are near your television, it diverts the electrons away from the path they should take. For this reason, they hit and light up the wrong phosphor spots causing them to light up and give incorrect colors to the images.
In addition, when you prolong the exposure of your TV on magnets, some of its components will become magnetic. As a result, the colors of the displayed images will always be distorted.
Moreover, speakers have potent magnets. For this reason, you should never place them right next to your television.
On the other hand, things are different for modern televisions. They no longer have cathode ray tubes, meaning they do not depend on electron beams caused by magnetic fields to display images.
That said, you can place speakers right next to your LED TV, and it will not damage anything.
What Causes Damage to LED TVs?
As mentioned, your speakers, specifically their magnetic components, will not hurt your LED TV in any way. But other circumstances can affect how your TV works.
You need to know these causes of damage to ensure that you can avoid them and keep your LED TV working excellently.
1. Fluctuating levels of electricity
LED televisions consume a considerable amount of electricity in comparison with other home appliances. The electricity levels that your TV receives may constantly fluctuate, either caused by:
- Problems caused by your energy provider
- Connectivity issues in your house
If any of these two happens to your television, it may fry its circuitry or damage its pixels. For this reason, you need to use a surge protector every time you turn your TV on. This way, you can mitigate the electricity threat for your television.
2. Blunt trauma
Flat-screen TVs have pixels on their screen. If the screen receives any blunt trauma, the pixels will acquire damage. Such is damage that is extremely difficult to repair.
Most of the time, television damage caused by blunt trauma will require a professional service to repair. Sometimes, you will even end up replacing your TV.
For this reason, you need to be careful when you are moving, transporting, or placing it in an area with high traffic.
That said, you need to take all the possible precautionary measures by avoiding touching the screen or hitting it with your hand or any other objects.
If you need to move the TV to another place, several manufacturers recommend covering it with a soft cloth. This way, you will be able to prevent scratching. It would be best if you also stored the TV upright instead of laying it flat or sideways.
3. Screen burn-in
Burn-in happens when a static image is displayed on your TV screen for an extended period. It occurs because the pixels of the screen become stuck in a single position. As a result, it leaves a shadow or permanently displays the static image.
Notably, one of the most common causes of burn-is is a paused movie.
Manufacturers developed and integrated various features to eliminate burn-in. However, it can still happen with gaming, menu screens, and when the programming has borders around it.
To avoid burn-in on the screen of your LED TV, make sure not to leave any static image for a long time.
4. Extreme temperatures
Too much heat, cold, moisture, and humidity can damage the display of your flat-screen TV permanently. For example, moisture and humidity can cause your television to short out its circuitry.
On the other hand, an extreme drop or increase in temperature can disrupt the pixels’ capability to change colors properly.
Such is the reason why you need to place your TV in a climate-controlled environment.
5. Improper cleaning methods
Some people want their TV screens spotless and free from any smudge. To achieve just that, they use liquid cleaners when wiping off dirt from their screens.
However, harsh chemicals will damage your TV screen. Even the paper towels that you use for wiping it can scratch the screen’s surface.
So instead of using a chemical cleaner and paper towels, use a dry, clean cloth. If unavoidable, use water to dampen your cloth and gently wipe the screen.
6. Messy wires
Messy wires can be distracting when watching your favorite movie or TV show, not to mention they are difficult to untangle. But what is even worse is that improper TV wirings can cause accidents when you trip on them.
For that reason, you need to keep wires arranged all the time.
7. Improper TV placement
There are times when people take it to their hands to install wall mounts. While that can be beneficial, mounting your TV on your wall requires attention and carefulness.
It would be best if you also had a good understanding of how sturdy your wall is.
If you mounted your TV on the wall incorrectly, chances are it will be shaky or may even fall. Such is the reason why you need to have the proper knowledge in installing wall mounts for televisions.
8. The TV’s tipping potential
Flat-screen TVs are a lot lighter than old TV models. For this reason, they are easier to tip over. Therefore, if you have a child at home who likes climbing on furniture, there is a big chance that the TV will tip and get damaged.
For that reason, the ideal position of your TV is a wall mount. But if you do not have enough space for that, make sure that you have a solid TV stand. The stand should also have the right size for your television.
Tips for Maintaining an LED TV
LED TVs last for a long time. But with proper cleaning and maintenance, you can extend your television’s lifespan longer.
While you may think that cleaning it is only for hygiene purposes, it can also save you from having to hire a professional to check up on your TV.
In addition, it is not just the screen that you need to clean and maintain. Instead, you should also check the speaker grilles and vents to see any dust buildup. The reason is that obstruction on the vents can prevent air from flowing in and out of your TV.
That said, here are some methods for maintaining and cleaning your LED TV:
Wipe the screen with a lint-free cloth
When you are watching TV often, its screen mustn’t have any grime or dust that can disturb you from viewing the images displayed.
The best way to clean your TV screen is to use a lint-free cleaning cloth. This material does not shed any fiber when you are rubbing it against surfaces. For this reason, you will not add anything to the mess on your screen.
Additionally, lint-free cloth will prevent you from generating static against the TV screen. So, you will not cause scratches on the glass, which can happen if you use a different kind of cloth.
Do not use harsh cleaners.
Generally speaking, it is best to use a dry cloth when cleaning your TV screen. However, there can be smudges that are hard to wipe off, which will force you to use a liquid cleaning agent.
But whatever streak you need to remove from the screen of your LED TV, do not spray water or any other cleaning solution directly to it. The excess liquid can run down and seep inside your television, causing damage to its components.
Instead, get your lint-free cloth and dampen it slightly with water to wipe down the smudge.
In addition, you should never use a cleaning solution that is too corrosive. That includes regular cleaning products, as they may contain harsh chemicals that can strip off the protective coating of your screen.
Clean your remote
People often overlook their TV remote. However, it is something that you use most of the time. For this reason, it may be harboring bacteria, so you need to keep it clean every time.
Just like your LED TV, you should never let liquid seep into your remote control. If such happens, the liquid can affect the functionality of the buttons. So, instead of spraying any cleaning solution, using a damp cloth to clean your remote is ideal.
Additionally, you should remove your remote’s batteries before you clean them. Then, get a cotton pad and apply a small amount of alcohol to dampen it. Next, use the cotton pad to wipe down the remote’s buttons, sides, and back parts.
It is important to note that using a water-based solution is not recommended. It is because water can damage the electronics inside the remote and render the entire device useless.
Dust off the vents and speaker grills
Dust can buildup on the spaces of your speaker grilles and vents. If such happens, there will be an obstruction in airflow, which can cause your television to overheat.
That said, make sure that you are regularly cleaning TV vents and speaker grilles. You can use a soft brush to remove the dust.
However, never use compressed air for dust removal as it can blow the dust buildup into the television.
Clean the casing and ports
It is not enough that you wiped the screen of your TV clean. Instead, it would be best to clean the casing and ports to ensure no dirt and dust buildup on your LED TV.
Use either a dry or slightly damp cloth to clean the other parts of your television. These parts are generally less sensitive than the screen. However, it would be best if you still were careful when cleaning them to ensure that you will not cause any damage.
Ports that have cable or lead attached should not have any dust in them. You can use a can of compressed air for these areas as they will not let dust into the inner part of the television.
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Jason is a home theater expert with over 10 years of experience in setting up home cinema rooms and systems. What started out as a hobby soon transformed him into an authority in the audio-visual field. He is passionate about providing readers with accurate and up-to-date information on the latest audiovisual technologies and their applications for home theaters. Read more about Jason.