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Will Paperwhite Lighting system (bulbs?) ever need to be replaced? If so, do you mail Paperwhite back to Amazon for replacement?

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Initial post: Sep 11, 2012 8:37:13 AM PDT
Will Kindle Paperwhite ever need to have its lighting system replaced? That is, are there bulbs that will eventually burn out? Am not quite sure I fully understand how the system works, but I do want a Paperwhite.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 11, 2012 8:39:05 AM PDT
Dragi Raos says:
Those are LEDs, not bulbs. They are, for all practical purposes, eternal (or at least as eternal as other electronic components in Kindle).

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 11, 2012 8:39:56 AM PDT
quilt lover says:
Cameron I don't think it is bulbs, when they were showing how it worked I thought it was more like fiber optic lighting.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 11, 2012 8:48:45 AM PDT
The Kindle itself will probably give out long before its lighting system stops working. But, I fully expect all of the Kindles to last at least for several years before that ever happens. So far, all of our Kindles, from Kindle gen 1, to KK, to gen 1 Fire are all going strong. ;)

Posted on Sep 11, 2012 8:55:29 AM PDT
Bixillarla says:
Bulbs are obsolete in electronics. They are LED lights which will never burn out.

Posted on Sep 11, 2012 10:40:26 AM PDT
John D says:
Dragi and quilt lover are both right. The light source is LEDs, which have a very very long lifetime, on a par with the rest of the Kindle's electronics. But the LEDs are not out in front of the screen. They're inside, and the light is guided out by a sort of flattened-out fiber optic cable with lenses integrated into it, to shine the light down onto the e-Ink screen.

I had something like this years ago when I had a GameBoy Advance. It had no backlight or front light, so an enterprising person found an optical part that could be attached to the front of the screen. It works exactly like this new Paperwhite system.
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