After much enjoyment with my Epson HC400 the bulb on my unit blew. The cost of a new bulb from Epson or other on-line resellers is well over $300. That would be more than 1/3rd of what I actually paid for the unit a few years ago. Also, half the cost of what I could get a brand new 720P 3D projector so I was hoping I could find a cheaper alternative.
I ended buying a bare bulb on ebay from a seller in China for a little over $100 bucks. I was a little hesitant at first but I figured it was worth a shot. I just got the bulb yesterday a couple of days sooner than expected. After replacing the bulb in the existing housing (less than 10 minutes now that I have done it once) the projector fired right up.
The image was as good as new. I am entirely pleased that I have been able to get new life from my projector for a little over a hundred bucks as a new projector really isn't in the cards right now.
I will probably get another bulb from this seller so I can have a spare on hand, but ultimately I can get 2 more bulbs and still spend less than 1 complete bulb with housing from Epson or the other sellers.
I hope this can help someone else if your a long term projector user like me. http://cgi.ebay.com/Lamp-EPSON-Proje...16888140969666
BTW. this bulb model will fit a variety of Epson projectors, double check if it fits yours if it's a different model from the 400. I believe the 720 uses the same bulb also.