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My first bulb died at approx 900 hrs. I am now using the free bulb that was part of the deal when I purchased the 8700UB. I have approx 800hrs on it now and want to get another backup.

Are the non OEM bulbs good/reliable? I found some in $70 range from a few places. Or should I get an OEM Epson Bulb?

Also I read in an article that Epson offers a replacement bulb for bulbs that blew within the 2 yr warranty period prematurely?
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Hi Juiced46,
Check with AVS or Pureland Supply for a bulb. Stay away from non OEM bulbs and call Epson customer services for replacement.

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Hi Juiced46,
Check with AVS or Pureland Supply for a bulb. Stay away from non OEM bulbs and call Epson customer services for replacement.

Normally I'd totally agree with that statement, but epson's bulbs seem to be so bad that a non-oem probably lasts just as long. rolleyes.gif

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Wanted to bring this back up. I contacted Epson about my Bulb failure issue. After going back and forth for a while with them complaining about the premature failures of the bulb they finally caved in and sent me another one. I was suprised they did that.

Current bulb in the projector just died on me today at 990hrs. Luckily I have the backup that Epson just sent me.

But now I have no backup and back to square one. Do I purchase the Epson OEM bulb or should I go with an aftermarket for 1/2 the price?

At this rate, I can buy 2 aftermarket bulbs for the price of 1 OEM Epson. Seems to be for me I am only going to get in the 900hr range per OEM bulb from Epson which means I will be buying 1 bulb a year. It may be worth it to give the aftermarket one a shot for 1/2 the price and keep the OEM Epson bulb I have now as a backup just incase.

Anybody have luck with these aftermarket bulbs?
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Good for you and the non OEM bulbs are the ones that sell for $70 from China. Make sure it's a Osram Projector Bulb Inside on your backup one you buy.

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Just updating this thread. I purchased a NON OEM bulb from Amazon . Its a G-Lamps bulb I paid $65 at the time, now its down to $45. Can be seen in this link here http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00BQUWZ56/ref=oh_details_o01_s00_i00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Packaging and fitment were great. Bulb performed well and was just as bright as the Epson OEM bulb. @ 200hrs I got the dreaded bulb warning indicator with the G-Lamps bulb. I let it cool and turned it back on and it worked for another 7 hours and finally called it quits for good. So 207 hrs total out of this junk. But what can I expect for $65, it was worth a shot.

I contacted Amazon, they are refunding my $$. There is a 180 day warranty on it. They will not send me another, just refund me my money. So I am still on a search for a cheap backup alternative. I am running on my OEM Epson bulb that I have but would still like a cheap one to use.
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I'm on my 5th bulb, the last one went 2442 hours, all others less the 1000. I found this one with a extended warranty
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Genuine AL™ V13H010L49 Lamp & Housing for EPSON Projectors Genuine AL™ V13H010L49 Lamp & Housing for EPSON Projectors
- Extended Warranties 2 Year Warranty

$119.98

Sub-Total: $119.98
Per Item (Best Way): $5.00
Total: $124.98

Wish me luck!!! I will post updates.
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I just replaced my lamp with one from Illuminex.com. It's my 3rd, with the last one(from Epson) only lasting 750 hours. Illuminex sells this as an Epson lamp with the same part numbers, for $99 delivered to Canada. The housing is identical to the Epson. The lamp itself does not say Epson, so I can't say what make it is. At that price I'll give it a try.. Anyone else tried them?
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Anyone tried to rebuild a bulb housing. Seems like a screw driver and a soldering iron would fix it right up. The big question is getting a source for the raw 200 Watt UHE Osram Projector Bulb
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I just replaced my lamp with one from Illuminex.com. It's my 3rd, with the last one(from Epson) only lasting 750 hours. Illuminex sells this as an Epson lamp with the same part numbers, for $99 delivered to Canada. The housing is identical to the Epson. The lamp itself does not say Epson, so I can't say what make it is. At that price I'll give it a try.. Anyone else tried them?

Can you provide any feedback on the bulb purchased from illuminex? My second bulb just died. Both the first and second only lasted about 700 to 800 hours. Since the Epson OEM bulbs didn't seem to live up to their advertised lamp hours, I was hoping to save a bit on the illuminex. Although if qualty isn't comparible or if it dies in 400 hours I might as well by the Epson.

Thanks for any feedback.
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Just updating this thread. I purchased a NON OEM bulb from Amazon . Its a G-Lamps bulb I paid $65 at the time, now its down to $45.
I was reading reviews of the GLamp's bulb at Amazon yesterday and was very impressed until I saw one from a buyer who had the bulb melt down, very seriously fouling his projector. I decided to scratch that one off my list.
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Wanted to bring this back up. I contacted Epson about my Bulb failure issue. After going back and forth for a while with them complaining about the premature failures of the bulb they finally caved in and sent me another one. I was suprised they did that.

Current bulb in the projector just died on me today at 990hrs. Luckily I have the backup that Epson just sent me.

But now I have no backup and back to square one. Do I purchase the Epson OEM bulb or should I go with an aftermarket for 1/2 the price?

At this rate, I can buy 2 aftermarket bulbs for the price of 1 OEM Epson. Seems to be for me I am only going to get in the 900hr range per OEM bulb from Epson which means I will be buying 1 bulb a year. It may be worth it to give the aftermarket one a shot for 1/2 the price and keep the OEM Epson bulb I have now as a backup just incase.

Anybody have luck with these aftermarket bulbs?
My original bulb is at 3666 hours. Never got a backup from Epson. I bought the PJ as refurb from Visual Apex in 2012. I have run the projector in Eco mode from the beginning and a year or two ago switched to High Altitude mode as well. Not just in an effort to extend bulb life (which is a good thing, obviously) but because my throw distance is around 9-10 feet, my screen is white, and I keep an almost completely dark HT room.

The last few weeks I'd become convinced that my Epson 8700UB wasn't as bright as it was even recently. Some movies not bad but some look terrible. I think it depends on the lighting. Adjusting brightness and contrast couldn't fix the dark badly contrasted scenes (not even close) for some movies. Well, I started shopping yesterday (online, of course). Checked out Amazon, Ebay, a few other places. Read this thread too, maybe some other threads here and there.

I decided to buy two bulbs in housings: One Epson branded Osram, the other unbranded, cheap, with decent reviews and not from China (one bulb seemed OK but the wait time was 4-6 weeks!). I found and bought the Epson Osram in housing for about $82 shipped from Connecticut on ebay and bought a non-OEM from Electrified for $22.11 shipped also off Ebay and from Massachusetts. Electrified evidently sells tons of these. They have many listings on Ebay and also a listing on Amazon. Reviews look decent. Some of their Ebay listings for this bulb/housing say there's a 150 day warranty. I made sure to buy off one of those listings. I couldn't find a mention of the 150 day warranty on their Amazon listing (which was also about $22, and is on Amazon's free shipping with minimum $25 purchase). I should have both bulbs in a week and will probably install the OEM bulb and keep the non-OEM for when the new Epson branded Osram one becomes too dim.

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