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Lightscribe DVDs Fading!

Discussion in 'DVD±R media' started by hobbit112, May 17, 2007.

  1. hobbit112

    hobbit112 Regular member

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    Hi All,

    I've recently noticed that some of my Lightscribe DVDs are fading. They are HP DVD+Rs and are kept in a SoundKase case.

    The fading of the disk is where it IS NOT covered by the plastic sleeve. It doesn't seem to matter if there is another Lightscribe disk, inkjet printed disk, plain disk or no disk on the facing page.

    This seems to be happening only with my DVDs, my Lightscribe CDs seem to be fine, though they aren't as old. The CDs are also kept in a Meritline case, not SoundKase, if this matters.

    Here are scans of some of the disks.

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    I did a scan on the last disk to see how the movie side is holding up, and it is. Here's the scan:

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    I'd like to hear if anyone else is experiencing this.

    p.s., I reduced the size of these images in Photobucket but they haven't shrunk here????
     
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  2. JoeRyan

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    I am not familiar with the SoundKase, but it sounds as though there is a portion of the disc that is not covered by a plastic sleeve and is exposed to light. The CD-Rs are completely covered. The LightScribe coating is photosensitive and will fade over time if exposed to light. There is a portion of your DVDs that is exposed, and it is fading. That is expected with LightScribe. (I've had LightScribe discs completely fade away after 8 months intentional exposure to sunlight to determine the limit.)

    You will have to find a better way to keep your LightScribe DVDs away from light. The light will have less effect on the recording quality of the discs, but it does have a relatively fast effect on the LightScribe coating. The faded discs will have to be replaced if you want to preserve the graphics.
     
  3. hobbit112

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    Yes, there is a portion (the V slot) that isn't covered by the plastic. But the plastic is clear and I don't know if the plastic has UV blocking capabilities. But that might not be the issue as the case is zippered shut 99% of the time and is not in direct sunlight.

    The Meritline case has a "slot" in the plastic to facilitate removal of the disks. None of my Lightscribe CDs are exhibiting any sort of fading where the slot is. This case is also zippered shut most of the time.

    I was wondering if there might be a chemical reaction with something (gas-off, fumes???) from something in the SoundKase reacting with the Lightscribe media in the DVDs.

    I think I'll put a Lightscribe Cd in with the DVDs and see if that also fades.

    BTW, If I replace the disks, I'll definitely go with a inkjet disk!
     
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  5. hobbit112

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    @bratcher

    Oh , the good old days...

    It a VHS recording off Showtime, HBO or the Movie Channel from the 80's that I recorded.

    This was legal then.

    I have since captured it to DVD. Quality is not the greatest, but then, it's not out on DVD!

    I have several movies like Private Lessons that aren't out on DVD.

    I think I also have 1 or 2 movies which aren't even out on VHS.
     
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    @JoeRyan

    Well, I'm pissed!

    I reviewed my CDs and found indications that they are also starting to fade. I have about 250 Lightscribe CDs with customized graphics & track names. Here are some examples of my CDs:

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    Why would any company promote something without doing a shelf-life study?

    And now there are the colored Lightscribe disks. I wonder how shelf-stable those are!
     
  7. JoeRyan

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    LightScribe discs MUST be kept away from UV light to prevent fading. If the ones you have are kept in plastic sleeves and away from the light, then there may be some chemical reaction taking place. If they are exposed to light, they will fade. So will ink-jet printable discs in enough time, although those with long-lasting pigments will take a much longer time to show any problems.
     
  8. shanjm

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    Lightscribe was just a fad and never should have been used to label anything you wanted to keep. One of the better sales jobs to the unsuspecting public.
     
  9. hwrench

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    how old are the discs
     
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    My Lisghtscribe DVDs are about 1½ years burnt. Some show significant fading as shown earlier. They are kept in zippered SoundKase cases.

    My Lightscribe CDs are about 1 year & newer burnt and are kept in zippered LowePro (not Meritline as stated earlier) and Eboc cases. Some of these are starting to show minor fading.

    It seems that the DVDs showed fading alot quicker than the CDs. I remember that I noticed the DVDs fading before Christmas-time.

    I think this is one of my oldest CDs, burned April 2006.

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  11. TomBrookl

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    Is that V-ish shaped faded area the faded area or a reflection from your camera?
     
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    It's the faded area. It matches up with the slot in the pouches that hold the disks.
     
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    Oops, double post!
     
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