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post #241 of 344 Old 09-18-2006, 11:37 PM
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how do we check our bulb to see if it is that type you mentioned that they are replacing?

I think it might be better not to mess with mine/ take it out if it isn't working but would like to maybe get a replacement bulb before it goes to avoid down time.
actually repairman took it out and looked at it when he repaired ballast and said bulb wasfine, so that shouldn't be a big deal.

will they send a new bulb if you have that type and call but say its still working? maybe itherwise you could say it went but then I guess they want the old bulb shipped back to them.

I mean I guess that's fine why continue using abulb type that have know prblem but I'd rather just use it till it goes and have new lamp on hand.

what is the main best # to reach panny at regarding the lamp?
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last i checked wich was a month ago and the tv was only a month old it was exactly 400 hours.

some days it gets about 18 hours of use some days about 4 only. usually on the weekends it gets less but if my girl doesnt work then she wakes up early and turns it on and stays on till around this time.

but i dont hae a panosonic is a kdf-55sx955
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Am I the first to exceed 12,000 hours on the original bulb?

LAMP OPERATION TIME
TOTAL : 12031h
CURRENT LAMP: 1970h
OSD DISPLAY : ON
LON COUNT : 2490


My set is a little over 3 years old now, got it the end of August 2003.

well your post made me curious on mine so :P haven't checked in a while
LAMP OPERATION TIME
TOTAL : 1954h
CURRENT LAMP: 1954h
OSD DISPLAY : ON
LON COUNT : 592

wow.. so low :X Well this makes sense.. in a way.. because I really only use my home theatre to either watch DVD's or watch HDTV-events I'm interested in.. most of my real-time watching was done on my old SDTV btw.. you mentioned yours is on the original lamp? Shouldn't your TOTAL and CURRENT be the same then? how come it says 1970h current out of 12k total?

anyhows I myself am going on about 3 years now on my custom-modified 50LCX63 ^^ :lol: at this rate, it will last me over 10 years considering I replaced my bedroom tv with a new 40"HDTV which I know for a fact now most of my viewing will take place on.. so definitely the 50" is there for party-type events and whatnot, definitely a worthy investment even through all these years and still performs exceptionally

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Any news on the lawsuit against Panasonic? I know the case was due to be settled in SF last Friday. Nothing on the TVlampsettlement site. I emailed them, no reply. Thanks.
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Hey Cruiser, I'm gettin close to you. Just checked and I'm past the 12,000 mark

LAMP OPERATION TIME
TOTAL : 12027h
CURRENT LAMP: 12027h
OSD DISPLAY : ON
LON COUNT : 2034

I purchased my unit in Sept, '03.

My CC warranty expires in less than 2 months. I can't believe the lamp is still going strong.


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Well, it finally happened -- after flawless performance since September '03, the TV won't turn on. I just get the dreaded blinking green light.

The last time I checked usage was back in April, so I'm estimating current stats at:

CURRENT LAMP: 8725
LON COUNT : 1718

Now I'll find out if the Circuit City extended warranty was worth the money.
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Well, it finally happened -- after flawless performance since September '03, the TV won't turn on. I just get the dreaded blinking green light.

The last time I checked usage was back in April, so I'm estimating current stats at:

CURRENT LAMP: 8725
LON COUNT : 1718

Now I'll find out if the Circuit City extended warranty was worth the money.

I used the circuity city warranty, I suggest you pull the bulb yourself and see if its blown before calling, when you tell them they ship you a new one within 2 days I was impressed. otherwise you wait forever for the repair guy they told me 1 week
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I'm two years on the original lamp expecting mine to go at any time. I have a spare and also a CC warranty.

Does CC require you return the blown lamp? No problem with that. Just curious.
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I used the circuity city warranty, I suggest you pull the bulb yourself and see if its blown before calling, when you tell them they ship you a new one within 2 days....

Thanks for the info... will probably try to pull it and have a look.
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I'm two years on the original lamp expecting mine to go at any time. I have a spare and also a CC warranty.

Does CC require you return the blown lamp? No problem with that. Just curious.

Yes they have you return it to panasonic, they provide shipping label.
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... I suggest you pull the bulb yourself and see if its blown before calling...

Quick update -- just pulled the bulb and it is definitely a goner.

As an aside question -- can I get to the air filter from the front or does the back panel need to be removed to check that part out?

Thanks to all for your input and observations.
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Quick update -- just pulled the bulb and it is definitely a goner.

As an aside question -- can I get to the air filter from the front or does the back panel need to be removed to check that part out?

Thanks to all for your input and observations.

I'm not aware of any air filter.
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Where is the best place to buy a replacement bulb (cost and speed of delivery)?
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I'm not aware of any air filter.

I've had my nose in every nook & cranny of mine, and there is no filter. One could always create their own though.

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Yes they have you return it to panasonic, they provide shipping label.

So far so good... After 20 minutes on the phone with the Circuit City protection plan phone desk in India, they're going to ship me a replacement bulb. Said it would take 3 or 4 days.
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Two years on the lamp:

Current Lamp: 5807
LON Count: 1546
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I just made it to 10,000 hours on my PT-50LC14 2 years to the date! I just reset the bulb hours to zero. Is there anything I should notice before it goes bad? Im kind of on a tight budget and cant really buy a new bulb until I know the old one is dead.I hope i can get 2000+ more hours

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I also wanted to add this because it took me a bit of searching.. someone posted a bit of incorrect info on how to reset lamp hours on another site..
For anyone searching this thread:
To reset the lamp hours turn on your tv
wait until the notice about your lamp goes AWAY (it wont work with the message still up)

hold the volume down on your tv while holding the split/play button on the remote
you will get a notce about 4-5 seconds later that it was reset.
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ok, so i broke down and bought a spare lamp/bulb for my pt50lc13. i'm getting it next day service tomorrow. i have a feeling the lamp i have now is about to blow....it's taking longer and longer to light up. the reason i'm getting a spare is b/c the last time the lamp blew it took me like 4 days to get a new one thru the lamp warranty.....and i dont want to be without tv for that long. my question is.........when i get my spare lamp tomorrow is it ok to take out the lamp i have in there now.... stick the new one in the tv to make sure that it works.......then put the current one back in?
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Bulb update, passed 13,000 hours this past weekend on the original bulb !

LAMP OPERATION TIME
TOTAL : 13025h
CURRENT LAMP: 2964h
OSD DISPLAY : ON
LON COUNT : 2626


Someone asked me before why my CURRENT LAMP time showed less than the TOTAL since this is my original bulb. When I hit a bit over 10k hours I reset the bulb timer to get rid of the nag screen that would come up when the set powered on.

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Another update, passed 14,000 hours this past weekend on the original bulb.

LAMP OPERATION TIME
TOTAL : 14036h
CURRENT LAMP: 3975h
OSD DISPLAY : ON
LON COUNT : 2774

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thats awesome cruiser. im probably at about 11000+ hours now. i forget, how do i check the current hours? its been a few months since i did it last

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Another update, passed 14,000 hours this past weekend on the original bulb.

LAMP OPERATION TIME
TOTAL : 14036h
CURRENT LAMP: 3975h
OSD DISPLAY : ON
LON COUNT : 2774

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First bulb about 8000 hours. Second bulb 5000. 3rd bulb 2000. Getting progressively worse. Replacements were paid for by Panasonic.

When I turned on the TV yesterday, I got the flashing red light indicating bulb problem. I took the bulb out of the tv and it looks fine. There are no shards of glass, no burn or browning, or any apparent damage. Last two bulbs, it was quite obvious they had burned out, as there were shards everwhere inside the casing, but this one looks brand new. The first two times the bulb blew, there was an audible explosion while the TV was on, but this time I heard nothing. The TV just didn't turn on.

Is it possible that the bulb is fine, and it's a ballast problem with the TV? Panasonic is sending someone out to do a free check on the TV for ballast problem. Anyone else have a similar situation where the bulb looks brand new but still gets the flashing red light and the 'lamp indicator flashing red?
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I got the panasonic Pt 61lcx65 set was purchased 9/05 how do you know when the Bulb is gonna go out is there
any sighns ? Im having problems with my set. Im getting some red and blue spots/lights on the screen.

http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?t=835029
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Another update, almost hit 15,000 hours on the original bulb, still going strong.

LAMP OPERATION TIME
TOTAL : 14910h
CURRENT LAMP: 4849h
OSD DISPLAY : ON
LON COUNT : 2878

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I just got the Messasge to replace bulb and reset timer. My Picture still looks good and somewhat bright.

I dont really need to change the Bulb do I ?
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I just got the Messasge to replace bulb and reset timer. My Picture still looks good and somewhat bright.

I dont really need to change the Bulb do I ?

If your bulb is still working, just reset the timer and keep using it.

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Ive just got my TV fixed got a new light engine installed. also since i got the message to get a new lamp the tech gave me a new lamp my Original was at 10025 Hours and still going strong but the Tech just said to replace it and WOW.

My TV looks so much better as if its new. The screen is so bright and the colors look amazing. I cant believe the Bulb made that much of a difference it was probaly the light engine also .

anyways when the tech was messing with the setting i think he did something wrong.

when he was alineing the Red ,Blue and Green colors i think the red was a little out of placed and you can notice on some words but barley even anything. Should I attempt to fix this ? He got to this setting with a Hidden section or something any1 know what it is ?
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Well my Panasonic will be getting used much less now. It is getting retired to the bedroom, and a Toshiba 65HM167 (65" 1080p DLP) is going in it's place in the living room.

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We bought out Panasonic PT-50LC14 Sept. 30, 2004. It has 10,019 hours of use, and has been turned on 2932 times. It's been a great TV - we've had 0 problems.

I was going to replace the lamp, but after reading cruiser's post, have reconsidered and decided to push my luck.
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Well I just bought a new lamp/bulb from a vendor on Ebay. It was a lot cheaper than buying the whole enclosure so I thought I would give it a try, $135 shipped. It came from China and took 8 days from buying it until holding it in my hands. I was worried how I would connect it to the wires. The factory bulb had a thin wire that looked like it was welded directly to some posts on the bulb. When I received the new lamp it was constructed differently that the factory lamp. It had M4x.7mm metric posts and threaded tab for connections. I stopped by my local Home Depot and picked up some hardware. I ended up cutting the thin wire from the factory bulb. I took a small crimp style eyelet connector and removed the plastic jacket due to the heat. I crimped the eyelet to the thin wire and used the bolt/nut hardware to secure the wires to the new lamp. The new bulb seemed to have better construction than the old one so I hope it will last just as long as the old one, 9301 hours. Here is a picture I took with the new lamp in the reused enclosure.



So far so good. Like others have mentioned the picture quality has improved. The screen is noticibly brighter. I reset the lamp timer back to 0 and I'm going to see how far this new lamp will take me.
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