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post #1 of 56 Old 02-08-2012, 07:09 AM - Thread Starter
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Quick Question for you guys:

How often do you use your projector:

Feel Free to let us know how many hours your projector is on during the day or week. Share your thoughts about how you feel about using the projector or do you baby it and only turn it on for Special Events (blue-ray, Big Game,). If this thing had unlimited bulb hours I would use it like my hdtv but since it doesn't I use it maybe around 21 hours a week so far. Gaming and Movie watching. But didn't know if I'm babying it too much. Is it your main Family TV or just special night projector.
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Use the heck out of it.

I'd still say 12-20 hours a week for me. Weekends is where it's on for easily 4 hours a day.

100 hours a week is just unrealistic for anyone, really.
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~10-12 hours a week. a mix of movies, concert dvd/bluray, xbox and directv.
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More & more PJs are being bought for daily use. That trend will just grow...not reverse. Bulb life is increasing, warranty periods are extending, prices are plummeting.

Everyone wants "wall sized TV" for cheap.

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Mine is in use all the time.
Weekdays from 7PM to 11 = 20 hours per week.
Weekends for up to 24 hours sometimes.
44 hours or so per week. Plus we have one in the bedroom that also gets use.

Another way to do the math is that the Z-4 we used to have in the living room had 12,000 hours on it when we replaced it last November. Bought in November of 2006.
12,000 / 5 years / 52 weeks is 46 hours per week.
The Z-4 in the bedroom (also bought in 2006) has 3000 hours on it = 11 hours per week.

I think we've been watching too much TV. D.m sporting events!

I do have a 42" LCD for use in the mornings to watch 20 minutes of news. Also for when we have the music channel on.
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My projector is used solely for movies- I like it to be special. So we watch TV on the TV.
Projector use is about 15 hours per week.
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Some can just get a cheap projector for TV, and a more expensive one like a JVC for special movies.
That's what I do, I even use the cheap projector for some movies, depends what it is.

That way I save on bulb costs and projector wear. I do not baby the cheap DLP's or cheap LCD projectors, but I do baby the $3000+ JVC's
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I only use mine for movies and playing games. Regular TV viewing is done on the cheap Vizio LCD.

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2-8 hours a week.
Primarily for watching movies/concerts on blu-ray.

On a 117" screen, upconverted DVD & Netflix HD is "barely" tolerable.
I watch the occasional stand up comedian on Netflix or upconvert a DVD if it's not on blu-ray.

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I have my Acer H5360 on about 5 hours a day, and my Optoma GT 720, which is in my room, about 5 hours a week. My JVC RS55 about 4-6 hours a week for only blu rays or 3D blu rays. I might watch a game on my RS55 but that's about once a week. I use my 100in for the Acer, anything higher my not look as good. My Optoma is using a 75in screen. I use my 120in for my JVC. My eyes are spoiled
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I've left my old projector on for a week at at time on a few occasions, and the damn thing just won't die! I put just under 2000 hours on the first bulb swapped it out, and now have over 8000 hours on my second bulb!

I think that my LCD panels might be degrading though, as everything has developed a green tint. I'm hoping it looks a bit better when I put the old ~2000 hour back in, but the current bulb just doesn't seem to want to blow...

And I already have around 3000 hours on the Acer H5360 3D projector that I bought last January.
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15 - 40 hours a week. It fluctuates but on the weekend it can be on for as long as 14 hours at a time. Never once complained to me though.
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I use my epson 3010 2 hrs per day for movies mainly

I am trying to baby it by running it on high-altitude mode and cool the heck out of it with an external fan in the hope that the bulb will last longer
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I answered around 7 hrs a week. But that is basically 85% of all the tv I watch.
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Used mine for about 80-90 hours a week for 3 years when it was the only tv in the house. The past 2 we use it about 40-50 hours a week. Sometimes more depending on what's on/out to watch.
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Originally Posted by 42Plasmaman View Post

2-8 hours a week.
Primarily for watching movies/concerts on blu-ray.

On a 117" screen, upconverted DVD & Netflix HD is "barely" tolerable.
I watch the occasional stand up comedian on Netflix or upconvert a DVD if it's not on blu-ray.

Editing my response:

Netflix HD should look more than passable on your screen. Even some unconverted DVDs should look impressive. How far away do you sit?
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Depending on my work schedule i'm either between 14-21 hours a week and sometimes in the 21-35 hour range. I tend to use it for everyday use, unless it is for a quick weather report, so i use my old tv in the room instead.

It is a 50" tv but their is a big WOW jump when you see 106" in the same room to use.

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About 120 hours @ 2 years, just don't seem to find the time to use it as much as I would like to.

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Our PJ definitely gets more use between November and April each year.
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Our PJ definitely gets more use between November and April each year.

Awesome. Someone that acknolages there from council bluffs. . I was born and raised there. Now I live accross the river. Good to see more locals here

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Mine is pretty much used as a bedroom/computer room TV so its on the majority of the time when I'm home.
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Awesome. Someone that acknolages there from council bluffs. . I was born and raised there. Now I live accross the river. Good to see more locals here

10-12 hours a week but would go up if i could find more good zombie flics.

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installed in November and have aprox 650hrs on it already. somewhere around 40-50 hours a week...

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I watch it about 6 to 10 hours a week, movies and football games. Our boys will plays games and watch movies for 2 hours a night during the weekt and then all weekend long if we let them. we had to implement a 2 hours on 1 hour off rule on the weekends.

So about 21 to 26 hours a week.

We had a Mitsubishi hd4000u that lasted 5 years on the original bulb. It timed out at 3000 hrs and then I reset it to make it think I put a new bulb in, it was telling me to replace the bulb. I just sold it for 450 with a brand new bulb. I told the new owner who I work with to not replace the bulb until he was really ready.

I have a new Panny with 2800 lumens I'm shooting for 8000 hours or more.
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Had this projector close to a year, just hit 2000hrs. I game,watch movies and surf the internet off the PJ. Pretty much my primary TV
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I figure, four years of construction, blood sweat and tears, and I ain't letting no stinkin' bulb cost slow me down. Never understood $20k rooms that people don't use over bulb cost....

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10-12 hours a week but would go up if i could find more good zombie flics.

Walking Dead from AMC was good the first season, this current (second) season is a bore and I gave up on it.


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About 2 hours every 2 weeks?.......sigh. Wish I had more time.
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