Originally Posted by hikouka
whoa, hold on a second, couple points here (in red)
used bulbs? thats probably part of your problem
filaments? correct me if i'm wrong someone, but these are vapor/spark/'HID' lamps, not filament/incandescent technology, there should just be an anode and a cathode with a gap betwixt them. if your bulb has a filament in it, that might also be why its so dim, its not the right kind of bulb (perhaps its a scam where they hack some halogen bulb into the housing for resale?)
Ok maybe filament was the wrong word, but the metal wire connecting from the top of the bulb to the bottom was in very good shape and looked like it had no true wear on it at all.
As for the used bulb being the problem, it could be, but i dont think so because the tv is actually slightly better since i put in the used bulb, go figure huh? A brand new one from a warranty replacement looked dim, and it blew up within 3 months of regular use. This used one has given better picture then the last one. So maybe i am just using the wrong word when saying filament.
I'll look into buying a new bulb, but honestly i wouldnt expect it to change anything as the other bulb before this one didnt change anything and it was replaced supposedly with the exact OEM bulb.
thank you so much for your help and input so far, I'm pretty new to all of this, but even the small things have made a bit of a difference. I have indeed switched between the modes, and Dynamic, with default settings, well it looks dark. It's not overly bright, and that was one of the things that concerned me. Like i mentioned to the other poster, maybe the used bulb is to blame, i just am not sure right now as this bulb seems to be better then the previous ones i had in the set, which were supposedly brand new.
The Theater mode seems to have a little yellow in it, and it does look a little brighter then even the dynamic mode surprisingly. But i dont really like the tint in it, and so i spend most of my time watching standard or dynamic, standard doesnt look too bad. I just wish it was a little brighter, a little easier to see. So right now i am working in that mode, which was all 0's before i started playing with it.