Originally Posted by aaronwt
SO far my set is still on the original bulb and no other issues after 4.66 years. If I do start to have issues other than a bulb replacement I'll just replace it with a cheap LCD set since it's only in my bedroom.
Aaronwt, I just looked at my records and my bulb blew at 4 years and 2 months. I bought a replacement bulb on Amazon.com, thinking I was getting a Toshiba product. However, in my haste to purchase, it was a play on wording to make a customer think they were getting a factory bulb, but it wasn't.
Because I wanted to get my man cave tv back up and running, I went on and installed it even though there were a number of people who had complained about the aftermarket bulbs not being good. I paid $80.00 with free shipping and it has performed great, so I have to say it has done what it was supposed to do.
One thing you may not have realized is that your bulb has dimmed a bit but because you watch it frequently you don't see the suttle dimming of the bulb. When you do have to replace it, you will be amazed with the change of appearance of the screen. Unfortunately, if yours is like so many others, including mine, the chip problem will also surface sometime in year 4.
I have really enjoyed this tv but like you, I too will buy an LCD to replace it...the only thing I know for sure, it will not have the name Toshiba on it, due to the way they have handled the chip issue