Originally Posted by Juiced46
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.
Originally Posted by Juiced46
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.