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Hi guys,

Hopefully I've got an interesting question here.

I run my computer 24/7 and when I'm home I will constantly turn the monitor on to do the usual things on the PC. When I'm done I will turn the monitor off. This can happen 10-20 times a day for instance worse case scenario.

Is it better for the monitors (LCD backlight etc) to turn your monitor on/off 10-20 times a day or use a screen saver?

I've already had one monitors light go so wondering if turning the monitor on/off several times a day is not doing them justice or is perfectly fine?

Cheers : )
 
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Doesn't your screen turn it's backlight off automatically after a period of time without movement?
 

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if you are using old tech which had fluorescent backlight, then its better to use them for at least 10 15 mins before turning them off.

if you have a newer monitor, which has LED backlight. it makes no difference at all since their brightness level is usually set by PWM (rapidly turning on and off )
 
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Doesn't your screen turn it's backlight off automatically after a period of time without movement?

Depends on your power settings I suppose which is why I'm wondering if I do this instead of manually turning it off/on at the switch many times a day.
 
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Hi,
I personally just use the power button.
 
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if you are using old tech which had fluorescent backlight, then its better to use them for at least 10 15 mins before turning them off.

if you have a newer monitor, which has LED backlight. it makes no difference at all since their brightness level is usually set by PWM (rapidly turning on and off )
Modern LCDs ditched PWM since it's kinda eye strain.

Depends on your power settings I suppose which is my I'm wondering if I do this instead of manually turning it off/on at the switch many times a day.
Set display sleep/turn off in Windows Power Setting at your desired duration. I personally have it at 5 minutes. If I'm not even moving the mouse for 5 minutes, it means I'm not interacting with the PC.

As someone who broke my old monitor by incessantly turning on and off (don't ask me why please), I'm scared of monitor power buttons now.
 
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Just let them go to sleep unless you will be away from home for extended period of time (days while on vacation) - or if you are an extreme (super-duper extreme) tree-hugger.

Look at the specs for your monitor here. It uses a mere .5w in standby mode.

So if you do the math, yadda yadda carry the 1, your monitor would have to be in sleep mode for 2000 hours (24 hours per day for 83.33 days) to consume 1KWh of power.

According to this chart, the average cost of 1KWh in the US is less than 14¢. So about $0.60 if you let your monitor sleep an entire year. That's a lot less than the cost of replacing a worn-out power button!
 

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I power button mine if i go out

Does/can the power board get stressed/worn powering on/off all the time on sleep? If so which is worse, power button/sleep
 
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I've been powering off/on my monitors forever now.
 
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I turn mine off whenever I go to bed/leave to go somewhere, otherwise they stay on.
 
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Does/can the power board get stressed/worn powering on/off all the time on sleep? If so which is worse, power button/sleep
There is always a surge when powering up electronics. But a well designed product is made to handle it - assuming everything is working properly and not damaged.

At the same time, these products are designed to safely go to sleep.

So I say do whatever gives you the more enjoyable warm fuzzy.
 
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I wonder if the computer turn on 24/7, is it safe? Not over heat? No a boom?
 
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Screensavers were designed with CRT screens in mind, where a stationary image could burn into the display over time. I've heard IPS panels are prone to this too, though I've never seen it happen in real life. If you have any modern LED-backlit display, you don't need a screensaver. Turning it off is just fine. Besides, why use power when you don't need to? As for me, I never touch my monitor. I have it set to turn off after 15 minutes in Windows. I know it uses some power in stand-by (maybe like 0.1 W), but that really doesn't matter.
 
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Hi,
Best thing about using the power button
Never have to wonder what is waking your monitor lol
 
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I wonder if the computer turn on 24/7, is it safe? Not over heat? No a boom?
There's no reason for any electronic device to overheat when turned off - unless there is a faulty component. That does happen, but very rarely, And most often, even in those cases, a safety device kicks in - that is, a fusible link blows, a breaker trips, or some other "open" occurs stopping any current flow and source of heat. Remove the source of excessive heat and any danger that might have been present goes away.

Boom? No. Maybe "pop" but again, the pop indicates a component was just destroyed. That would create an open in that circuit, again, stopping any current flow.

And lets not forget, a monitor's front panel power button does NOT totally remove all power. It just puts the monitor into a deep "stand-by" mode. To remove power completely, one must flip the master power switch on the back of the monitor (if it has one) or unplug the monitor from the wall.

If you have any modern LED-backlit display, you don't need a screensaver.
Ummm, sorry but not true at all. You have been totally misinformed. The type of backlighting has absolutely nothing to do with a screen's susceptibility to burn-in.

Remember, whether using LED or CCFL backlighting, they are still LCD displays. And it is the picture elements (pixels) in the "LCD" (liquid crystal display) screens that are susceptible to burn in. It does not matter if the backlight is created by a CCFL (cold-cathode florescent light) and inverter (as used in older LCD monitors and TVs), or LEDs (as used in newer LCD monitors and TVs.

It is true CRT monitors were more susceptible because the phosphor coating on the inside of the picture tube would "cook" (burn) and discolor if a static image was displayed for too long. But make no mistake, any "LCD" monitor or TV can develop burn-in type symptoms. And the effect is equally bad, regardless if LED or CCFL backlighting.
 
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Wow, that's strange! I've never seen anything like that. Are you sure the constant on/off caused this, and the monitor wasn't just faulty?

That's what I would like to know : )

I have exactly the same monitor in another room on a different PC and that one is fine. It only gets turned on a couple times a week.
 
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The actual power switches in this devices certainly are not high-tech or state-of-the-art "military grade" technologies, designed for abuse or millions of presses. No doubts, this is one area where monitor makers looks to reduce costs by buying the cheapest switches they can find.
 

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PC on 24/7. Monitor set to turn off after 15min.
 
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I have my LCD's set to power off after 3 minutes of inactivity, it doesn't wear them out or cause issues.
Why 3 minutes? cause i wander off a lot, and it never accidentally goes off (games/media players keep it on)

Screensaver adds wear and tear to all the LCD.

powering it off only matters if it's going to power on when you dont want it to, like a glitchy mouse waking the system up
 
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I have my LCD's set to power off after 3 minutes of inactivity, it doesn't wear them out or cause issues.
Why 3 minutes? cause i wander off a lot, and it never accidentally goes off (games/media players keep it on)

Screensaver adds wear and tear to all the LCD.

powering it off only matters if it's going to power on when you dont want it to, like a glitchy mouse waking the system up
Mine's set at 5 minutes cause I think 3 minutes is the attention span of a toddler. Us adults have 5.
 
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I never shut mine off. Two go black after 2 hours. One stays on 24/7 never sleeps. Its the one I use the most. I don't think it matters as far as the life of the monitor unless its an old one and not efficient. My TV I shut off when I leave the house
 
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