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Where to buy Panasonic AE4000 Bulb replacement

I've been trying to purchase a Panasonic AE4000 bulb replacement with no luck, I am simply overwhelmed at what is "real" and what is not. what is a replacement, unit, and what is just the bulb. I bought something from what I thought was a credible source, but it was a knockoff brand bulb, advertised incorrectly, and it didn't fit.


Can anyone give me a link to the enter replacement unit so I can buy it?
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Panasonic ET-LAE4000 Projector Lamp within new lamp housing from B&H which is an authorized Panasonic dealer is $350. I have that projector too languishing in my attic because that is an outrageous price for a projector that old. If you can find Genuine Original Osram P-VIP Bulb you can replace it yourself. Let me know if you find it.

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I've been trying to purchase a Panasonic AE4000 bulb replacement with no luck, I am simply overwhelmed at what is "real" and what is not. what is a replacement, unit, and what is just the bulb. I bought something from what I thought was a credible source, but it was a knockoff brand bulb, advertised incorrectly, and it didn't fit.


Can anyone give me a link to the enter replacement unit so I can buy it?
Also try ProVantage. http://www.provantage.com/panasonic-...0~7PANP0H0.htm

Just $300. I have dealt with them before and recommend them.


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ordered from provantage, thanks!
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Any way to tell if this is the real deal? Too many crooks in the world.




https://www.amazon.com/-LAE4000-Pana...rds=ET-LAE4000
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Any way to tell if this is the real deal? Too many crooks in the world.

https://www.amazon.com/-LAE4000-Pana...rds=ET-LAE4000
It's not a genuine Panasonic lamp, read the description. They state it's a genuine OSRAM bulb, that's all.

They charge a 20% restocking if you want to return. Not BBB accredited. All red flags.

Genuine Panasonic lamp should arrive in Panasonic marked box with new filter.

As previously posted go to Provantage for the real deal.

http://www.provantage.com/panasonic-...0~7PANP0H0.htm

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I buy all my lamps from Electrified you can find them on Ebay or a google search. I bought this AE4000 and got a lamp from Electrified a year ago, still very bright after 600hrs and ticking. The lamp was under $100.

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It's not a genuine Panasonic lamp, read the description. They state it's a genuine OSRAM bulb, that's all.

They charge a 20% restocking if you want to return. Not BBB accredited. All red flags.

Genuine Panasonic lamp should arrive in Panasonic marked box with new filter.

As previously posted go to Provantage for the real deal.

http://www.provantage.com/panasonic-...0~7PANP0H0.htm


Thanks, I ordered one. Should be here tomorrow.
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A little late for the first poster's use, but I've purchased OEM bulbs from APEX for $269. The one I'm currently using has about 1900 hours in standard mode and still looks and functions well. It must be close to 4 years old, given that I've had the projector for 7 1/2 years and it was the only bulb replacement.

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A little late for the first poster's use, but I've purchased OEM bulbs from APEX for $269. The one I'm currently using has about 1900 hours in standard mode and still looks and functions well. It must be close to 4 years old, given that I've had the projector for 7 1/2 years and it was the only bulb replacement.
While it may work well for you the lamp described on their site is not a genuine Panasonic lamp but rather a supposed OEM bulb. Just wanted to clarify and make that distinction for other interested parties.

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While it may work well for you the lamp described on their site is not a genuine Panasonic lamp but rather a supposed OEM bulb. Just wanted to clarify and make that distinction for other interested parties.
Thank you for that clarification. While I don't want to pull the last lamp I purchased from them and double check whether it's a real Panny, I did find it curious that their pricing was quite a bit lower than others', while still being quite a bit higher than some of the supposed "exact OEM" replacements on other sites. I did find the old box that the lamp arrived in and there is no Panasonic marking on the box, so perhaps that's a good sign that I didn't get what I thought I got. But how do they get away with advertising "New OEM Bulb with New Housing"? That doesn't say...."New OEM-like Bulb". If you click on the little question mark next to the description, it further says that "you are buying an OEM lamp, not a copy or knock off", but then they waffle a bit by saying you're buying a new bulb manufactured by one of half a dozen manufacturers approved by some of the major projector manufacturers. A bit of a head scratcher, no? And if the bulb is appropriate, nothing is mentioned about the housing which may or may not be a refurb.
I'd appreciate further comments.
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STAY AWAY from Amazon 3rd parties for replacement bulbs. I've purchased one claiming to be genuine Panasonic. It came in a bag, no filter, mispelled words molded into the plastic in both German and English. None of this really stuck out to me until it didn't quite fit right. Back to trusty B&H where I paid a whole lot more, but got my double boxed, Panasonic labeled bulb with air filter. I'd stick to the established retailers and save the hassle.

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Thank you for that clarification. While I don't want to pull the last lamp I purchased from them and double check whether it's a real Panny, I did find it curious that their pricing was quite a bit lower than others', while still being quite a bit higher than some of the supposed "exact OEM" replacements on other sites. I did find the old box that the lamp arrived in and there is no Panasonic marking on the box, so perhaps that's a good sign that I didn't get what I thought I got. But how do they get away with advertising "New OEM Bulb with New Housing"? That doesn't say...."New OEM-like Bulb". If you click on the little question mark next to the description, it further says that "you are buying an OEM lamp, not a copy or knock off", but then they waffle a bit by saying you're buying a new bulb manufactured by one of half a dozen manufacturers approved by some of the major projector manufacturers. A bit of a head scratcher, no? And if the bulb is appropriate, nothing is mentioned about the housing which may or may not be a refurb.

I'd appreciate further comments.
You are right to be confused with this nebulous wording. While the bulb may indeed be similar to the original bulb in the Panasonic lamp everything else is a clone. As you have mentioned an OEM lamp comes in a Panasonic marked box with a brand new filter. Anything else is not the real deal.

A clone housing can be a major issue. I have come across a few horror stories where the housing connectors have fused to the projector making extraction near impossible. While there may be better quality control for a $269 clone lamp the ones selling for less than $100 are pure junk.

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Thanks for the further clarification. For me it makes no sense, despite success with the last bulb from Apex, to save what amounts to a little over 4 cents a day on Apex vs the real thing. Now the only question is whether I go another cycle with a projector (AE-4000) closing in on eight years; given the limited usage of around 4000 hours total and my general happiness with the projector, I'm inclined to hang onto it.
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I am just about to purchase a replacement bulb for my 4000. I found one on Kijiji from someone who sold his projector etc..
There is no easy way to verify if the bulb and filter are brand new, except for packaging. Can you guys tell me if the packaging was vacuum sealed or just wrapped in plastic?
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It's not vacuum sealed. Buying a used bulb from someone sounds like a really bad idea. I've got 3 in my garage that I'll be glad to sell you. They're "like new", I'm sure.

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Thanks Michael,
I hear you.... but
I am told, that he has sold his projector "with the house" and that he also had a spare bulb (never used), which is still sealed in original plastics but not vacuum sealed. This is why I posted my question...
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Thanks Michael,

I hear you.... but

I am told, that he has sold his projector "with the house" and that he also had a spare bulb (never used), which is still sealed in original plastics but not vacuum sealed. This is why I posted my question...


Decided not to go for it after all
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