Originally Posted by lsorensen
Well I have only used the Benq bulbs myself so far (Mine came with a mail in offer for a free second bulb when I bought it and I don't use it that much).
Certainly looking at amazon it seems the cheap options have reviews saying they don't last. At least one supplier offered two models. An economy one they said had about 80% of the lumens of the premium one and lasted less time too but cost half as much. So at least on amazon.ca I see cheap junk bulbs for $100 and Philips bulbs for $200 to $300 (Canadian) depending on whether it includes the housing or just the bulb. So it looks like if you want a proper Phillips bulb replacement you are paying $150 to $200 US. $300 US looks unnecessary. No idea where you would be buying used bulbs from. Ebay? Are you sure they were used and not just cheap bulbs with lower output?
I am not buying used bulbs, the market is flooded with people selling used bulbs as new.
I have bought the official 'Philips' bulbs from Amazon, Ebay, and Jet.com. They were all 'fake' new, as in 'used'.
One came from Bulbamerica, the other 2 from Chinese sellers.
It seems some bulb distributor in China bought all the used bulbs from somewhere.
They then dumped hundreds (if not thousands) of used bulbs as new on the market.
It's not just me that has had this issue, several people have.
If you use a non-philips bulb, you take a chance in blowing the ballast.
I don't have this issue on my JVC, I buy Philips bulbs for the JVC and they are always new.