Originally Posted by golffnutt
That is absolutely unbelieveable!!!!!!! Mine is at 2600+ right now and I think I am going to try the same thing. Did you wait until the projector hit 3000 hours and shut down before you reset it or did you reset it right before it hit 3000 hours? Would like to know so I can do the same thing. Thanks for replying.
I've reset the bulb counter every time shortly after the message starts coming up upon startup @ 2500hrs.
My viewing habits leave the projector on for 6-8 hours per day as it is used as the primary TV in the house. Usually from 5pm until midnight or 1am.
Power downs are ALWAYS via the remote control. The projector has had only one or two hard power downs during its lifetime. Power is usually only cycled once per day... ON in the afternoon (or morning for weekends) and OFF at night.
The projector never gets physically disturbed. I've adjusted the image position of the projector on my screen through adjustments to my custom mounting bracket mabye 3-4x during the life of the PJ so far.
I've carefully vacuumed the projector externally on occasion and carefully wiped dust off the top. I've never had it open though.
Image brightness, I've run about half and half low and high. The last 4000+ hours have been on high as I figured why not. The bulb is still VERY bright. We often watch it with one or two lights on in the room. In the dark, it still looks as good as the day I bought it.. haven't really noticed much, if any, dimming of the bulb.
I think the secret is that if you are going to watch it, leave it on for a while. Minimize the power cycles and consequently heat cycles. Either that, or I just lucked out and got a good one... lol
The projector also resides in the most used room in the house, so it is kept at a reasonable range of temperatures. ~70-75F in the winter, and 80-85F in the summer (Arizona.. its a dry heat!)