Hi have a wd73c9 that is just over 2 and a half yrs old, the tv gets used by 5 people in the house from 9am to 11pm most days kids do a lot of gaming we watch primetime tv at nights mornings usually my preschooler with pbs kids stuff etc.
The tv has been great for us but we noticed the picture is dimmer and dimmer, so much so I thought someone changed a setting had to go into the menus to confirm but it is set on bright mode with the setting in the 75% range (now even higher) without much help, a few nights we noticed it almost slightly flickering during brighter scenes and we have also caught it as if someone just hit the brightness down a notch but nobody is adjusting the tv.
So I am assuming my bulb is going out, few questions on that, first looking on amazon i see them for anywhere from 55 to 145 range price wise, the lower to mid priced bulbs don't seem to have bad reviews is there a big difference in the one i choose? Also what is the normal life of a bulb, I am guessing 1-2 yr range with our use maybe less hehe.
lastly if i pull this and get a replacement is it hard to do and if i do it should I keep the old bulb as a just in case the new one dies so we aren't out of a tv or can you not put an old bulb back in after it's been pulled out (is that a no no).
Thanks for the replies in advance i hope it's just a bulb thing and that I can replace it myself here without issues.