Oled burn: OLED TV burn-in: Why you no longer need to worry

OLED TV burn-in: Why you no longer need to worry

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With their perfect black levels, incredible color, and ultra-thin panels, it’s hard not to fall in love with OLED TVs. And yet, despite the fact that they frequently top our lists of the best TVs, many people are hesitant to warm up to OLED TVs on account of their perceived propensity for a longevity problem called burn-in.

The concerns are not unfounded, and in fact, totally understandable. Early OLED TVs did have trouble with this phenomenon, throwing the technology into question. But these days, nearly all of the OLED TVs on the market today are equipped with preventative measures to curb burn-in, and unless you’re a very particular type of television viewer, you needn’t worry about it at all.

What is OLED burn-in?

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Burn-in has been a common concern among prospective OLED TV buyers for years.

Image retention (commonly referred to as burn-in) is a display issue that manifests as a ghostly afterimage left on the screen following heavy use. The term “image retention” often describes a short-lived effect, while the term “burn-in” generally refers to a long-term (and sometimes permanent) one. If you’ve ever seen an old TV at an airport or a bar with an outline of the CNN logo or a sports ticker permanently watermarked onto the picture, you’ve seen burn-in first hand.

The prospect of burn-in has maligned the reputation of OLED TVs for nearly a decade. Burn-in is nothing new, however; it goes back to the days of CRT TVs. Unfortunately (though understandably, given the premium status of OLED technology), the phenomenon has glommed onto the otherwise glowing reputation of OLED TVs, like a nasty open secret. Similar concerns swirled around plasma TVs, too, playing a significant role in that technology’s ultimate demise.

To understand how concerned you should be about the prospect of burn-in, it’s important to first understand what causes it.

What causes OLED burn-in?

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Burn-in is the result of static images being left on a display for long periods of time.

Burn-in is the result of a static image being left on a display for a prolonged period of time. Channel logos, news chyrons, Blu-ray menu options, and anything else that remains fixed on a display for an extended period of time can cause burn-in.

Critically, though, these potentially problematic picture elements really need to hang out on the display for an abnormally long period of time before causing any problems to modern TVs.

Do I need to worry about OLED burn-in?

Contrary to what you might’ve heard, burn-in is not a myth; there’s a reason TV manufacturers equip OLEDs with various preventative measures for burn-in. However, it’s not a serious concern if you watch TV under what most of us would consider normal conditions.

An airport TV might be marred by a permanent, phantom CNN logo, but it’s only dealing with that problem because that particular TV is tuned to CNN for several consecutive hours per day—far longer than most of our TVs at home. Even if the majority of your days are spent watching TV, you’d have to watch a lot of hours’ worth of static imagery for your OLED TV to be at risk.

If you use your OLED TV in this manner, or if you use it as a monitor, you are at higher risk of burn-in than the average consumer. We recommend turning your TV off periodically in order to give its pixels a rest.

If you’ve taken stock of your viewing habits and you’re still concerned about buying an OLED TV, you can take solace in the fact that almost every major TV brand equips their OLED TVs with software measures designed to mitigate the risk of burn-in.

OLED burn-in preventative measures by brand


LG, Samsung, and Sony OLED TVs are equipped with software-based measures to prevent burn-in.

You’d be hard pressed to find an OLED TV on the shelves today that hasn’t been engineered to prevent burn-in and preserve longevity. Here’s how some of the most popular OLED TV manufacturers aim to protect your investment.


LG OLED TVs (like the C2 and G2) come with a variety of image retention prevention measures fitted right into their software. Some are background processes while others are manual.

First, LG OLEDs have the ability to detect static, on-screen logos and adjust their luminance to prevent image retention. They also offer something called Pixel Refresher, which runs automatically when the TV is turned off after four hours of cumulative use. Pixel Refresher compensates for pixel deterioration by scanning and refreshing the TV’s pixels. It can also be operated manually in the event that you detect burn-in. Pixel Refresher isn’t solely a burn-in prevention tool, but it goes a long way toward ensuring the longevity of your OLED.

Rounding out LG’s OLED preservation toolbox is Screen Shift, which subtly moves the picture over time. You can read more about LG’s commitment to image retention prevention on LG’s official website.

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Samsung OLED TVs

In 2022, Samsung made its grand return to the competitive world of OLED TVs with the Samsung S95B, one of the first QD-OLED TVs (which add a layer of quantum dots for enhanced color and luminance) to hit the market. Naturally, the S95B is equipped with a set of features similar to LG OLEDs.

Adjust Logo Brightness will automatically dim on-screen logos upon detection and Pixel Shift will move the picture after an extended period of time (much like LG’s Screen Shift). Samsung also offers its own version of Pixel Refresher, which can either be initiated manually or set to run automatically while the TV is off.

All of these options can be found in the S95B’s Panel Care settings menu. To read more about Pixel Refresher, head over to Samsung’s official website.

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Sony OLEDs (like the A95K) offer a set of on-board tools to prevent image retention, too. Sony’s version of Pixel Refresher is called “Panel Refresh,” and like its LG and Samsung counterparts, Panel Refresh will either run automatically when the TV is turned off following prolonged use, or operated manually whenever the user sees fit.

Sony also offers a Pixel Shift function which moves the picture subtly to prevent image retention. Check out Sony’s website for more information on these functions.

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A word about pixel refresh

As outlined above, LG, Samsung, and Sony all offer their own pixel refresh maintenance cycles. Depending on how they’re accessed and how long the TV has been in use, the process might cause one or more vertical or horizontal lines to appear on your OLED TV while the rest of the panel is off. Don’t panic—it’s a normal part of the pixel refresh cycle.

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OLED Screen Burn-In [What You Need To Know]

OLED screens suffer from something called screen burn-in. Here’s everything you need to know about it and why you shouldn’t worry.

By Joseph Moore


Modern OLED displays offer an impeccable image quality thanks to their infinite contrast, stunning colors and instantaneous response time speed. Newer models also have great input lag performance, as well as stellar brightness.

The main downside of OLED displays is the risk of screen burn-in, which causes static parts of the image to be permanently ‘burned’ in the screen if the same content is displayed for excessive periods. However, there are ways to prevent it.

The main thing people are worried about when looking at OLED displays is screen burn-in and image retention, but as long as you are careful about how you are using your TV or monitor, you shouldn’t stress about it.

Image Retention vs. Burn-In

OLED burn-in can occur if you leave your display playing the same content with static elements for extended periods.

This includes logos and news banners of TV channels, but also HUD elements in video games, such as mini-maps, health bars, scoreboards, pause menu, etc.

If you notice that your OLED display is showing these visual artifacts, don’t despair just yet.

It could go away by simply watching something else for a while, in which case you’ve got image retention, not burn-in.

Basically, screen burn-in is permanent image retention.

How To Prevent Image Retention And Burn-In?

If burn-in has already affected your OLED display, then there isn’t much you can do about it; burn-in isn’t covered by a warranty (on most displays), so you can only hope that it eventually goes away.

There are plenty of things you can do to prevent burn-in or image retention from happening in the first place, though.

Modern OLED displays come with many helpful features. Besides screensavers, you will find ‘Pixel/Screen Shift’ feature, which moves the image around the screen to lessen the risk of screen burn-in/retention.

Additionally, a feature called ‘Pixel/Panel Refresher’ eliminates image retention when used, though the process can take up to an hour. Some models have the option to run this feature after a certain time automatically.

Finally, you should avoid using maximum settings for backlight, brightness, and contrast. Since OLEDs dim over time, lowering these settings can also extend the display’s lifespan.


Samsung’s QD-OLED panels offer stronger brightness, wider color gamut and better burn-in resistance than regular OLED displays. In fact, the Dell Alienware AW3423DW features a 3 three-year warranty that covers burn-in.


As long as you aren’t always watching the same content with fixed static elements over and over for long periods of time and you regularly run the Pixel Refresher feature, there’s nothing to worry about concerning image retention and burn-in.

If you mostly have your TV on just for the background noise, you should consider getting an LCD TV instead; or at least remember to change the channel on your OLED TV every now and then.

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Scientists were able to burn fuel with a high water content

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Researchers from the Joint Institute for High Temperatures (JIHT) of the Russian Academy of Sciences looked at how fuel with a high water content burns and found out the conditions necessary to start this process. The use of water-based fuels in transport will help reduce carbon dioxide emissions. The article of scientists was published in the journal Proceedings of the Combustion Institute. The research was supported by a grant from the Russian Science Foundation (RSF).

Foam emulsion is a foam of oxygen bubbles dispersed in a liquid volume. The liquid itself consists of two phases that do not mix with each other under normal conditions. Depending on their composition, foamed emulsions are used in various industries, are used as detergents and food additives.

More recently, scientists have shown that foamed emulsions can be used as fuel. The results of previous studies show that under certain conditions, emulsions with a water content of up to 95%. At the same time, water significantly reduces the price and increases the environmental friendliness of foamed emulsions compared to traditional fuels.

Fuel systems consist of oxygen bubbles dispersed throughout the liquid, necessary for combustion, and an emulsion containing oil and water. In order for the oil to mix with water and they form a homogeneous mixture, surfactant molecules are added to the system, which “sticks together” the water and oil parts.

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JIHT RAS scientists analyzed the combustion of several emulsions with a water content of more than 40% and found out the mechanism of their combustion. It turned out that this process differs from the combustion of water-based foam (unlike an emulsion, it contains only two parts: a homogeneous liquid and a gas dissolved in it). The scientists also measured all the main characteristics of the combustion process: pre-detonation flame acceleration (the distance from the ignition point to the onset of detonation), the burning rate and the flame propagation speed.

According to the authors of the work, the combustion of the foamed emulsion is accompanied by the decomposition of the foam inside it. This leads to the formation of water droplets, which determine the loss of thermal energy of the ignition source. The droplet diameter greatly influences the thermal effect of the reaction, combustion temperature and flame performance, therefore, in order to obtain a complete emulsion combustion model, it is important to experimentally determine the diameter of the water droplets. To do this, scientists photographed the flow of combustion products obtained after passing the mixture through a laser beam.

To study the detonation characteristics, the researchers conducted another experiment: they burned the emulsion inside a small tube and measured the speed of the flame and its pre-detonation acceleration. An analysis of these measurements showed that accelerated combustion is, as a rule, accompanied by the appearance of low pressure waves and a decrease in the size of the resulting water droplets. These data helped to establish the combustion mechanism and the influence of various factors on it.

“In this paper, we present for the first time the experimental results of simultaneous measurements of the flame velocity and pressure distribution inside the tube during the combustion of a foamed emulsion. The interaction of compression waves with the flame front can affect the burning rate of the foamed emulsion. We assume that the acceleration of the flame and the detonation of the emulsion are associated with the explosive boiling of the liquid phase of the system,” says the author of the work, Doctor of Technical Sciences, Leading Researcher of the JIHT RAS Boris Kichatov.

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