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Join Date: Sep 2003
Location: Central Illinois
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I found that my set would only work reliably with Toshiba lamps.
After market lamps would fire fine for anywhere between 2 weeks and 2 months, then start to require multiple restart attempts to get it going.
When you buy a lamp from Toshiba you get a compatible product for your set, a 6 month warranty, and the set actually powering up when you want to watch something.
I bought my Toshiba lamp with a credit card, which doubled the manufacturer's warranty - giving me a year's protection.
Toshiba lamps are an excellent example of price of an object being in line with it's value.
After market lamps are available much cheaper, but represent a poor value to me.