I know this thread has slowed significantly, but hopefully people are still subscribed.
I purchased a supposedly factory-correct replacement lamp/housing assembly from LampsPros.com:
-- at $80 I found it hard to resist, the site looked reasonably legit, and they're local to me. Although it turns out this item was drop-shipped from their supplier. (With terrible packaging: no outer box, unsealed plastic stretch-wrap inside securing the assembly to a piece of cardboard.)
After about 10h of Zelda on eco-mode, the lamp blew up. Blew. Up. In the PJ.
The replacement was warrantied for 90d so I've initiated a return, but I have some concerns:
(1) There seems to be some sooty residue inside the chamber that holds the housing, although it does not seem to be in the optical path (if that's the right phrasing) -- so should I just let it be? Or swab it off with a Q-tip, avoiding the aperture?
(2) Can I reinstall & continue using the factory lamp for now? It has 3k+ hours on it and I did reset the lamp timer when I made the replacement. Not sure if that's asking for more trouble. I'm being kind dumb here, maybe, but I'd really prefer not to have the PJ out of service for however long this takes to resolve, it's my primary display for everything entertainment related.
(3) Even if not safe to use w/a reset timer (not sure if the PJ steps down power after 3k hours), should I reinstall the factory assembly to keep particulate from infiltrating the interior of the PJ, etc? Or is having the cover in place enough?
(4) Are there any discounted suppliers worth their salt, without having to rewire the assembly myself, or is B&H the best bet right now?
Any & all thoughts appreciated, as I'm not a PJ expert, can't afford to replace the W6000 currently (haven't seen another short throw with lens shift that isn't super expensive lately) and this is a little scary.