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Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: Northern, VA - Washington, DC
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I don't believe that anyone should purchase a replacement lamp before they need it. All the wonderful talk about LED, is of course just that: Talk.
But, the root issue is that lamps don't have 10 year warranties, and should strictly be purchased when needed. Sure, it may blow movie night for the family, but if you are good about saving, then stick a buck or two away in savings every week towards a new lamp, and when the lamp fails, you can get a replacement shipped within just a few days with money that is already set aside for it.
Projectors seem to hit a low point with pricing, and I'm thinking we will see lamps also drop in price to a point similar to the $99 Epson lamp for the 2030 model. When all lamps are 100 bucks and projectors are 700 bucks, then even with 5 hours of use a day, it may only be a new lamp every 2 years. It would run a total of $1,000 to run a projector for 8 years with that usage rate and about a 3,000-4,000 hour lamp life.
It's completely incorrect to believe that lamps only last for 500 hours (or 6 months). It simply isn't the case. The vast majority of projector owners see lamp hours run well beyond 2,000 hours when using factory branded, original lamps. Not OEM junk, or bare bulb replacements, but actual manufacturer original product, with a full lamp assembly that is brand new. I certainly will never take or recommend the risk of 'compatible' or 'OEM' based upon the horror stories. The quality lamps will come with the manufacturer's name right on them.
But, I would wait until you need it for sure.
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