Great thread. Tomwil and Brogers should be commended for their contribution.
I have the (Dreaded?) PT-50LC13 and it died last week. I'm on my 3rd bulb burn-ou after only 4.5 years of ownership. Still I love the TV when it works.
This time, I ordered a bare bulb from DLP Lamp XPress
but when I put it in - no dice.
I also don't hear any clicking noise at all, except when I first turn the TV on. The rest of the symptoms are atypical of a burnt out bulb: Green flash for a couple minutes, then red-flash with a "lamp" indicator flashing once every 5 secs. Fan quietly whirring in the background.
Phew - at least the olympics are over!
Now - the Bulb - It was sold as a Panasonic "TY-LA1000" replacement lamp, but it was a little harder to fit into my housing than the original. Watch the video here
and pay attention tho the lower wire post which is on the right-side of the original bulb, and the left side of the replacement. also the bottom plates aren't flush like they were with the original bulb. I don't recall any markings on the bulb but at this point I will probably take it out and inspect.
I'd like to know if anyone else has dealt with DLP Lamp XPress and whether they are reputable....?
...And with my symptoms should I go buy the LSUC0022 kit and break out my (sure-to-be-dusty) soldering iron? Is that the right kit for my TV model too? Is there anything else that I will need? Panasonic's price on the kit is $21.07 - is that the best price?
Thanks in advance!