Originally Posted by gowens
Has anyone had to buy a new bulb for this projector? I ordered one over a month ago on Amazon (link below) and just told the last day it was scheduled to arrive by that it's still not available and could be another month, if at all. First, I'm curious if I can just buy a bulb without the housing or if it's better to get the whole thing. And when buying, I've noticed it is very easy to get sucked into "original replacement" labels that aren't at all original equipment or even a premium substitute that may be equal to or better than the original. Any suggestions or information on any of these questions will be greatly appreciated!
Amazon item: Lutema VLT-HC7800LP-P02 Mitsubishi VLT-HC7800LP Replacement DLP/LCD Cinema Projector Lamp with OSRAM Inside
Also, I realized this isn't the classified section but if anyone is looking for the original 3D glasses, I have two pair of glasses that I've never used and would be willing to sell.
From my experience with a new lamp for my Panny 4000.
If the lamp is stamped with Osram, Philips, Ushio, etc. ( I think that's all of them _ there are only a small amount of manufacturers with the facilities to create these high pressure lamps) then they are OK.
If it's not stamped with anything, then don't but it.
The lamp from Amazon is OK, but the plastic (like mine for my Panny) was made of cheap plastic that really stank when it got warm.
I ended up using the original Panasonic housing.
When ordering just a bare bulb make sure it's stamped with the manufacturer name, make sure they have a return policy. Ask them first in an email _ save the paper trail and use your Visa card so if they lie to you, Visa will go to bat for you.
If you can get a genuine replacement, this will have the proper lamp and a quality housing and save allot of hassle.