I will try this post here, copied and pasted from a email i sent:
Here is my story, I have had my Sony Grand Wega for ~3.5 years now, I have moved it cross states, multiple times without any trouble and loved every moment of owning this TV. I did have a problem with it after my first move were the power supply had been a problem, this was fixed under warranty. Now what has happened is, I was watching TV last night and I heard a pop and then the TV screen went black, but the power light was still green. I turned off the TV and then turned it back on, at this point I heard a noise like something was moving or powering on, then off, then on, then the TV would blink red (not the lamp light). After unplugging the TV and plugging it back in then trying the power button the lamp light comes on, at this point I was quiet certain my bulb had expired its 4 year life cycle, so I went looking online for new bulb prices. I found a few sites to buy from but wanted to make sure I could open it and replace it before I ordered it. I found instructions to install the bulb and went about removing the old one, what I found when I did was shocking.
The bulb housing was melted, the tracks it slides in and out on was melted and the filament was destroyed. Here is some pictures and I will explain what I saw and my concern in each one (these are large pictures (7mega pixel)http://www.bravuranetworks.com/images/tv/DSC05231.JPG
This is a picture of the bulb itself (still in the housing) as you can see the filament has busted and is floating around in the bulb, not too concerned with this as I was expecting to buy a new bulb, but wait till you see what's nexthttp://www.bravuranetworks.com/images/tv/DSC05230.JPG
This is a picture of the bulb housing, as you can see it has cracked from the heat, I am now planning on ordering a new bulb with housing as a replacement for this one, assuming in your opinion (after seeing these pictures) a bulb would fix the problem.http://www.bravuranetworks.com/images/tv/DSC05228.JPG
In this picture there is a few concerns, number one is the track on the right that the bulb housing slides on has been warped and melted, I can still slide the bulb in an out though, another is the glass square in the back, the lower right hand corner does not have glass (nor the lower left) I do not know if it broke or was not supposed to have glass. Either way as you can see my the picture, the glass in the back is dirty with white burn marks from the heat and there is other obvious burn marks inside. Would a new bulb at this point be worth it? Here is some other pictures of that area:http://www.bravuranetworks.com/images/tv/DSC05227.JPGhttp://www.bravuranetworks.com/images/tv/DSC05226.JPG
If you have read through this much of the email thank you very much, I don't know who else to turn to right now as your site seemed to have the most information on these tv's I thought you could help. Any input would be great, at this point my main concern is spend ~$150 bucks for a bulb or throw it away and go for a new TV? Your opinion would be greatly appreciated.