I recently had the 30second of lamp time occur to me. I bought my Optoma HD72/6800 through costco about 3-4 years ago. I have been extremely happy with the performance until now. It actually does a better job of smoothing the Wii image than I have seen on some 1080p systems that have been properly setup. As such I was looking forward to about a $300 repair for a new bulb and lamp driver as suggested in the pdf that MarcusM750 wrote.
I just got my quote back from Optoma for the light driver unit (ballast) and Light:
Lamp driver (75.83J01G001/002) for HD72 is $175 + $35 shipping + tax
Lamp for HD72 (BL-FU220A) is $299.99 + $35 shipping + tax
Please see attached the credit card form to be filled out and email it back. Make sure to include the 3 digit security code on the completed credit card form.
Note: There is no return/exchange on parts or accessories.
This quote is dated 2010/04/21
Marcus, when did you get your quote for the ballast unit being $99? Interesting how the price is almost 75% greater! wonder if these items are becoming in high demand.
What is everyone else that has paid for a new ballast unit actually being quoted for a price and roughly when did you get quoted this price?