I am of the opinion that I should not turn my Panasonic PT-AE900U projector on and off too frequently, at least not like an ordinary TV. This presumably is because every time I switch it on, the bulb takes a bit of a "hit" and too many on/offs will shorten the lifespan of the bulb. My first bulb was still working at 2000 hours, and now sits as a spare bulb, after I installed a new one.
If this is NOT true, please feel free to correct me. However, if it IS true, then ideally, I would like to know if any newer type of projector is perfectly happy turning on and off as frequently as some TV's are. We have kids and they turn the TV on/off quite often.
For example (and I really don't know the answer), can LED overhead HT projectors be switched on/off a lot? I mean, without degrading lifespan?
Are there newer LCD projectors that can also be switched often.
Here's why I ask; We have a old 36" tube TV in our theatre for "junk" viewing. I have a Panny 900 LCD and a drop-down screen for movie night, game night etc.
I would like to get rid of the TV and just use a projector. But, I need to know if it can be cycled on/off as often as TV's typically are.
Can anyone help me with this? Are some projectors better able to handle frequent on/off switching? Even with my Panny 900, am I harming only the bulb, or more than just the bulb with frequent starts?
There's a proper time and place for spontaneity, dammit!