Originally Posted by gar3
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Also, this morning I went ahead and finally replaced the lamp. My total hours on the lamp were 12,441 starting in late December 2005 through this morning. I replaced it with one of the two Sony OEM lamps I bought back in late 2006 and, wow, what a difference. Just to have complete and even screen distribution of light again is great let alone the overall boost in brightness. Going by videos up on YouTube I assumed I'd be looking at mounds of dust and dirt but it was nothing like what I've seen. Also my replacement lamp slid right into place with zero issues on the first try unlike what I've seen on YouTube. I assume it was due to my lamp being OEM but who knows?
Here's hoping for another ten great years with this TV. I still have an extra lamp just in case she actually makes it to 2025, heh.
Unfortunately, during the process of changing the bulb that exploded on me in 2011 with an aftermarket one, I never wrote down the hours.
My bulb changes were that easy as well. Well BULB change is what I should say. No need to be lovey dovey with I'mnging bulbs. Although this being your first change after so much time I'd think it would take an extra tug. Where do you live if you don't mind me asking? Any moves to a different room or different house? Just wondering because that's a LONG time for one bulb, and equally as long for not getting the "blob."
I'm of the thought that moving/jarring the TV speeds up the "blob" process, along with being in a dirty environment and possibly a hot one.
My TV went through a long U-Haul move, but was used only sporadically after that. Then it was manhandled from my room, to the living room to serve as a "loaner" while the main TV was repaired, then back to my room. Wasn't even plugged in until a few months after this, but with that first turn on came the full on blue blob.
Oh,& my bulb was aftermarket. The original, which exploded on me ( that
really sucks!) required an extra tug because I pulled I tried to pull it without pressing the bar down first. The aftermarket replacement slid right in no problem though.
Amazingly a Best Buy had a factory unit in stock, that I wanted to jump on bad as it was my only TV, but as the parents were paying, ~$230 was too much, and they made it known the ~$120 was as well and I think they picked the hand deliver on foot option LOL.
What made this suck even more is I should have had an extra bulb as I bought the TV and some new TV pack that included the 1st bulb change, from Circuit City. When they were going down I should have gone and demanded the bulb.
Oh, just an FYI that hasn't meant much since CRT's in RPTV's went away, is that the useful life of a TV used to be the amount of time it took for the output to drop by half of that when new.
Originally Posted by dan.crouthamel
Wow, I'm amazed it has lasted this long. That's great - mine didn't
I actually replaced it way back when because of the optical block problem. Sony made an offer then and I went with a KDL-52NX800. I had that for many years, which my parents still use today. Today for myself I have a Panasonic TC-L58E60 that is 2 years old now.
Toshiba TW40X81 (2000) -> Sony KDF-50A10 (2005) -> Sony KDL-52NX800 (2008) -> Panasonic TC-L58E60 (2013) -> ?????
Wow ..., I feel old ...
Lucky! Kinda anyway LOL. I had very faint blue creeping up that was only visible on grey scale slides, but Sony needed it to interfere with normal viewing. I took so much video trying to catch it on tape that I probably cut the life of the camera LOL. Never did get it though.
Originally Posted by Andy in NYC
My wife and I will be swapping our A10 42" to the basement and picking up a 60" 4K set in our rearranged living room.
We've been noticing the picture is way too dark and I finally googled and found this thread.
I'll replace the bulb and hope to get some extended life (or given it's age, is that extended, extended life?) from the set.
The service menu says I have over 17K hours on the bulb. Wow, that's a lot of TV time.
Hopefully my set won't die quickly (per this thread) post bulb replacement. I plan to get the original bulb plus housing to keep it simple.
I'll try to take some before and after picks.
We've watched the newest season of Ray Donovan on this set wondering, "did they really make it this dark to match the script?" - probably not.
Be VERY careful with the move just in case my theory
of mechanical jarring being even a small contribution to the blob equation is correct.
Enjoy your new set!!