After 5 years and 1515 hours, the original lamp in my 8350 is starting to flicker. Temporarily dropping back to ECO-Mode helps, but only a little.
Put off by the poor reviews on all the "cloned" lamps on Amazon, I just ordered another genuine lamp from Epson.com (with free next-day delivery). Only other place I would trust for a genuine lamp is B&H Photo & Video. If I get anywhere near 5yrs/1515hours with the next one, I'll be happy.
Poor reviews of $20-$150 lamps on Amazon (and other places) including things like dim output, wrong colors, beeping, various picture abnormalities, and early failures (some violent).
I don't know about you guys, but I want the projector to operate as close to new as possible. The target is to produce a perfect picture at 2000-Lumens in both color and white-light output. I think to get exactly this ... we need the exact lamp the 8350 was designed to use.
Genuine Lamp: 200w Ultra High Efficiency E-TORL (Epson Twin Optimized Reflection Lamp) ELPLP49
- Part # V13H010L49
I think $250-$300 is a fair price for this lamp. I've always been a firm believer that you get what you pay for. I have a feeling the cheap lamps are different somehow. A cheap 150w bulb from China, not a true TORL, or who knows what corners they cut.
Living Room Home-Theater:
Epson 8350 Projector (1080p @ 96") / Panasonic 850u 46" 1080p Plasma TV
Onkyo TX-sr607 AVR (7.2ch ~ HDMI ~ wrat-Amp 630 watts )
AppleTV-4 / Panasonic dmp-BD60 Blu-Ray Disc Player / Cisco 8742hdc DVR (TWC)
Harmony 670 Remote / HTPC (Kodi/Win10-64) Media Server PC / Synology 12tb Raid-5 NAS
Polk Audio Monitor Series-II Speakers (Large 6.1 Matched Separates) / psw-505 12-Inch Sub
Last edited by Tesla1856; 10-03-2016 at 11:12 PM.