Originally Posted by JJay
Hopefully the next bulb will be better and will get me to my next pj--anyone have better luck with the replacement bulb?
Based on one of my clients getting only a few hundred hours out of his Qualia 006 original bulb and the posts of others on the forums about short lives of original bulbs, I think that the original bulbs might have shorter lives because they are shipped as part of the projector and receive higher inertia changes during shipping. The replacement bulbs weigh almost nothing and come shipped separately and so get a much softer ride. That's the only idea I can come up with as to why the originals go fast and the replacements seem to last longer. It would also be interesting to see if there is any correlation between shipping distance and bulb life. In my case I am 2 UPS days from the Sony warehouse and so my unit received a lower amount fo shipping jarring.
Bouncing along in a UPS truck for 6 days vs. 1 or 2 days might be the difference between 500 hours and 1500 hours. If there was a correlation it might incentivize the makers to ship the bulbs separately with new PJs to keep the customer complaints down.
That is if my hypothesis that it is the normal shipping jarring that is shortening the life of the originals is valid.
I have my projector housed in an Ikea coffee table and run an auxilary fan that keeps the PJ much cooler than if it just sitting out on a table. I'm hoping a longer bulb life will help pay for the table.
I will try and get the install shots I took online this week.