Help - Epson 6500UB Bulb Failure
Haven't been on the forums since I purchased my last projector, an Epson HC 6500UB. It has been a great projector, but the other night while gaming I noticed the picture didn't seem clear, or was washed out. I thought it might have been my tired eyes but in the back of my mind I was wondering if the bulb was failing. Well, today my son was gaming and came up to let me know he heard a pop and the screen went black. I knew what that was right away, as our last projector had a similar failure.
Anyway, first I want to confirm that it makes sense to replace the bulb. Despite being older, I am thinking this is a projector worth keeping.
Second, I haven't opened it up yet, but given that the bulb popped, do I have to worry about any additional damage to the projector? On my last projector, went the lamp went it seemed the break was contained within the housing. Hoping that is the case here.
Finally, can someone point me in the right direction for replacement bulbs? I am assuming I should stick with OEM, or are there some replacement bulbs out there that are equivalent in quality? I know enough to know there are a lot of cheap chinese bulbs out there. I would like to get the projector going again for as cheap as possible, but obviously without affecting quality.
Appreciate the help!