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    I was just thinking about it the other day. How long do you think the little red light on the NES will last? Light bulbs burn out right? So eventually the red light might too?

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    I'm sure someone will reply with a more accurate answer but: between 50 000 and 100 000 hours. Also it's a LED not a light bulb so it grows dimmer over time, it does not burn out.

    Source: http://wiki.answers.com/Q/How_long_c...ed_lights_last

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    That's pretty crazy. Guess it'll be around for my whole life time haha

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    I've actually encountered Genesis 2's with red lights that no longer worked. They must have used cheaper bulbs, or those people just played Genesis a lot more than most people played their NES systems (or left those few particular systems on when they had to pause their game and leave to go to school or work)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rickstilwell1 View Post
    I've actually encountered Genesis 2's with red lights that no longer worked. They must have used cheaper bulbs, or those people just played Genesis a lot more than most people played their NES systems (or left those few particular systems on when they had to pause their game and leave to go to school or work)
    Most likely the electronics that powered the LED have failed rather than the LED itself. In my experience, that has been the cause of most LED "failures".

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    Red? My NES has a green light....

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    Not only do LEDs last a long, LONG time, but red ones are actually the absolute most durable. Hard to kill em, and they draw almost no power at all (part of why they last so long).

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    Quote Originally Posted by wiggyx View Post
    Not only do LEDs last a long, LONG time, but red ones are actually the absolute most durable. Hard to kill em, and they draw almost no power at all (part of why they last so long).
    Heh, the one on my TV draws so little power it stays on for like 5 mins after completely unplugging the TV. (I'm sure it's drawing on some residual power from a cap or something, but just thought of it on reading your post).

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    lol at that Answers article: "They don't have any filaments, which mean they don't get hot."

    Well then er what are those gigantic heatsinks on LED bulbs and the "do not use in enclosed fixtures" warnings for? Same technology, just in a more power-hungry mode (despite being built with newer technology than a '80s or early '90s-vintage LED).

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