There are many choices when you're shopping for a new TV LED, LCD, 4K and plasmas are a few of the options. You might have heard some negative rumors about plasma TVs because many early plasma screens did come with certain issues. As technology has gotten better, plasma TVs have evolved many of the old problems with plasma displays are no longer of any concern. Unfortunately, the old plasma reputation still sticks with most consumers. Hopefully, we can debunk some of the plasma TV myths for you right now.

Myth #1: Plasma TVs will burn-in an image. Burn-in happens when a still image (like paused video) is left on your TV for a long time and the pixels burn an image into the screen. Once an image is burned in, you will see remnants of the image on your TV every time you turn it on. Early generations of the plasma TV did have some burn-in troubles. However, that is no longer a real concern with the advancement of technology.

Myth #2: There will be too much glare off a plasma screen. Because plasma displays use glass, they reflect natural sunlight and ambient light more than their LCD or LED counterparts. So while there is somewhat more glare from a plasma TV, it is not as exaggerated as it used to be. LCD and LED TVs are better in a room with a lot of natural sunlight, but plasma glass technology has improved greatly. Now rooms with a little ambient light can house a plasma TV just as well as an LCD or LED TV. To be clear, if you place your TV in a spot with a direct beam of sunlight, it is going to be hard to see, no matter what TV you have.

Myth #3: Whatever money you save by buying a plasma you will end up paying two-fold on energy costs. Plasma TVs are generally a little cheaper, but they also burn hotter and expend more energy than LED TVs and most LCD TVs. However, the difference is almost negligible. Most plasma TVs are Energy Star approved. Energy efficiency in plasma TVs has progressed in recent years, and it only looks to get better. It's true that plasmas are arguably the worst offenders when it comes to emitting heat, but many LCD TVs give off a hot energy signature from the screen as well. LEDs are best against emitting heat from the screen. The bottom line: Plasma TVs will use slightly more energy that could cost more on your power bill, but not by much.

Myth #4: The lifespan of plasma TVs is considerably shorter than LCD or LED TVs. This idea is pretty much false. Technology evolves, and because of that, plasma TVs can last just as long as their LCD or LED equivalents. Buying a plasma doesn't necessarily mean you'll be replacing it within five years, since some plasma TVs can last you 20 years on average viewing.

Buying a big-ticket item like a TV can be hard. You have to make many decisions, but you shouldn't automatically rule out plasma TVs because of the erroneous stigma that is associated with them. Most plasma TVs are right on par with LCD or LED TVs, and the best plasma TV might even be a better fit for your needs.

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