the ceiling to replace the bulb assembly, I was unable to remove the bulb
assembly. It seems like it is stuck. Sony support wasn't really any help.
I even removed the three or four screws near around the assembly cage
to see if that would help, but no luck. No tips in the manual to address this issue. Any help is appreciated.
Use a flashlight to inspect for debris and clean the entire area thoroughly with the methods discussed earlier before inserting the new lamp. Make sure the metal contact plates are shiny. This projector is very temperamental. Clean environment seems to be critical. Consider making your own filter using microfiber material.
1) Thoroughly clean the projector by removing lint and soot. Shine up the metal contact plates with steel wool.
2) Set fan to High.
3) Ensure all video inputs are completely off before turning on the projector.
4) Should the 3 blinking red light problem reoccur, try rocking the projector laterally.
I having some issues with my sony bravia Projector VPL-AW15. We replaced the bulb and the new one doesn't have alot of hours on it. I replaced the filter as well. Now when we turn on the the projector it stays on for a few minutes then turns off and blinks 3 times (then stops and repeats until you turn it off). Does anyone know what this means or how to find the source of the problem? I took the bulk and everything out, cleaned out the housing, and cleaned as much dust out of the projector as I could find.
Is the replacement bulb a generic one or did you buy a genuine Sony bulb that sells for close to $300?
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This is the bulb I bought, I was able to track it down.
A generic lamp can work for a few hundred hours and quit. Why? Because the electrical parameters may be JUST in the envelope for the projector to work, but after a short period of time, it is no longer "compatible"
So, bottom line, by trying to save a few bucks, you actually WASTED your money. These forums are full of reports from people who did the same as you and regretted it. I know of people who bought "compatible" lamps for their projectors and the lamps burned considerably hotter than the OEM lamps and burned the optics.
Are any of these good? The apex seems the most legit of a company and OEM is the right type of bulb to get since I assume sony doesn't make replacements anymore?
Don't buy lamps (or bare bulbs) that say "compatible" or generic. Look for descriptions that say OEM. Here is one from a reputable supplier....
BTW, you said your brother "burned out" the projector? You didn't mean that literally, did you? You were talking about the lamp failing?
And next time you need a replacement lamp, look at OEM pricing, that will be your guideline for the price range you should be in. You're actually lucky with that model that you have as replacement lamps for many other projectors average about $300. So you might want to take that into consideration when it's time to replace your projector.
I retired my AW15 and bought an Epson 8350 1080p projector for under $1,100 over a year ago justifying the "upgrade" by realizing the LMP-H160 replacement would run me in the $300 range. I'm not sure these mentioned are Sony manufactured assemblies, Sony bulbs with generic housing, or just simple OEM compatible at pricing anywhere below $200