Hello guys, I am new to the projector world, just got one three days ago used from a friend. I have got two questions.
1. I found a ceiling mount for the SX-50, but they run $999.99 USD! So I decided to build my own. Now when mounted from the ceiling, the projector shoots far too high, and I noticed that there are "ceiling mount settings" in the menu that will turn the image upside down. The rack that I made is very open concept, and made out of thin wood. The only part of the projector touching the mount was the TOP of the projector (since it has been turned upside down). The airflow of the fans and the vents on the bottom and side of the unit were very open. I watched a movie on the projector the first day I had it, just sitting upright normally on the floor, with no troubles at all. I am not sure if it is just a coincedence, but I went to have dinner after using the projector for 30 minutes in its new mount, turned off the machine, when i came back 20 min later and went to turn the unit on, I heard a few clicking noises and it threw me a Burnt Bulb code. The bulb life meter was lets say, 20% used, but the manual says that could mean up to 1000 hours, also the picture quality was very crisp and bright (ive seen projectors with bulbs that need replacing, they are very dull in color and brightness) My question, is this just a coincedence and the bulb was nearing the end of its lifespan, or did running the projector upside down cause the bulb to burn prematurely? I would think if turning the projector upside down, if it did heat up, it would throw an "abnormal temperature" code and shut itself down before the bulb blew from the heat?
2. I am in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. The cheapest i have found a replacement bulb for this Projector is $400 USD. I am wondering if anyone knows of a place locally or even online to find a better price for a replacement.
Thanks in advance guys, any comments or advice would be greatly appreciated.