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iPod Backlight Life Expectancy
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Jul 28, 2004, 03:48 AM

Just bought a new 4G iPod. I am using it primarily in my car. Now, I find that having the backlight on makes the screen easier to see, even in the daytime, but it's almost indispensable at night. Battery life is not a problem, since it is connected to the car via an adaptor.

So, my question is: How long should the backlight last before it burns out if I have it on all the time I'm using the iPod? Six months, a year, three years, more, less? Anyone tested this with an older iPod or have any information regarding this?
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Jul 28, 2004, 03:58 AM
It's LED backlighting, so it'll last a loooong time. LEDs, generally speaking, have a declared life expectancy of 5 years of continuous illumination before they start to go dim. And then, once they do start, they grow dim very slowly (they do not just spontaneously die).

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Aug 6, 2004, 12:31 AM
Okay. I won't worry about it then. Thanks for the info!
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