Hey guys, here is my story.
The first bulb went dark after power up at around 980hrs. Thought it was strange that it would power up then shut off after about a minute. Pulled the bulb and checked the contacts, all seemed good. Reseated the bulb but no change. Decided to use the free spare and it worked flawlessly for another 850hrs (untill two days ago) then the same thing as the first bulb. Assuming the bulb was bad I starting pulling the lamp assembly apart. I did find something interesting. There is two silicone rubber boots where the wires attach to the lamp, one on the reflector, one at the back top of the ceramic base. I pulled these boots back to see what it looked like under there and to my suprise the wire pretty much fell off. On the bulb side is small male blade terminals and on the wires are female blade terminals. Both of these connections were very loose and could slip on and off with minimal effort. I thought a-ha found the issue. I tightend the female terminals by lightly squeesing them with needle nose pliers, worked the terminals back on and tested. Well it did not fix the issue with the bulb. After checking both bulbs they both had the same loose terminal issue. It may be possible that these loose connections are causing premature bulb failure.
Another interesting thing I found was with the bulb counter as someone else had mentioned. The first bulb had 980hrs when it quit and the second 850hrs but when I calculated my average use time over the course of a year I get around 3100 hrs (used everyday as primary display,one power cycle per day). The first bulb went at the 1 year mark, the second at 11months. The bulbs actual on time is close to its rated life in eco mode. But even if the counter only counts 1hr for every two that its on the numbers still don't add up, 1960hrs just isn't close to my calculated on time for the first bulb, which was 3180hrs.