Updating for passage of time on the subject of bulb replacement.
I don't need to replace mine yet, but I want to fully understand the nuances of the bulb kits on the market. Based on the information I've been able to gather from various sources, there appear to be multiple "genuine" replacement products. I'm not clear if that is true or not, or if their differences matter. I understand the part about the ET-LAA410 including an air filter. That's not what I'm talking about.
Is it possible for a replacement lamp assembly to be genuine - from the original manufacturer and works with a product - but not necessarily exactly an OEM replacement for a given product? Is it possible there are Panasonic bulbs and bulb kits truly produced by Panasonic or its subsidiaries that work in the AE6000/8000 but aren't identical to the bulbs our PJ's came with? And is it possible that it's difficult to distinguish between various versions of "genuine" bulbs that will function in the PJ?
Here are a few ET-LAA410 assembly prices from various suppliers. Note B&H's price has gone up significantly.
Audio General (AGI) $352 Stock status not specified. Link
B&H Photo $449 In-stock. Link
Panasonic Factory Outlet $--- Out-of-stock and reports "No longer manufactured." Link
Pureland Projector Supply $296 30 in-stock. Link
I don't know if "Panasonic Factory Outlet" is truly reputable or not. They claim to be an authorized Panny reseller. What is interesting is their claim the ET-LAA410 is no longer manufactured. I don't know if that is true, but given B&H's extraordinary cost on the replacement bulb package, it seems plausible.
There is an interesting offer from Jasperelectronics at $175 (-5% coupon it's even less at $166), though I'm a bit skeptical to say the least. They are offering an "Original Matsu****a ET-LAA410 Lamp & Housing for Panasonic Projectors." I say 'interesting' because some sources indicate Panasonic's bulbs for the AE6000/8000 are manufactured by Matsu****a (acquired by Panasonic in 2008), while some sources claim they are manufactured by Ushio. I have learned Panasonic does not manufacture their own bulbs.
bought a bulb kit from JasperElectronics back in 2015, and posted photos in this thread. You'll find the discussion here
. There was some discussion it could possibly have been a Chinese gray market product. Some information contained in the box appeared to corroborate a connection with a Chinese manufacturing plant for Panasonic, and we do know these bulbs are manufactured in China to begin with, though the included English language literature seems most often (if not always) to have been printed in Japan. Odd. Perhaps simply a prime example of how enterprise-level companies excel at wasting resources and money.
did not post photos of the bulb unwrapped (at least not that I've seen). I also did not see a replacement air filter inside the unboxing either.
According to counterfeitlamps.com
, Matsu****a does in fact produce legitimate replacements to some Panasonic bulbs, and those replacement bulbs will have slightly different product codes. One question is whether or not Matsu****a is producing the Red Rich bulbs or if these cheapo replacements are potentially legit per se, but might not be the EXACT replacement to the OEM bulb.
Pureland Supply's product description reads in part, "genuine original Ushio 200 watt bulb" while B&H Photo's product description reads in part, "The Panasonic ET-LAA410 220W Red Rich Projector Lamp is a replacement lamp." So, quite frankly I am wondering if the "Red Rich" lamp is in fact not OEM.
Another data point.... Panasonic offered a "Free Red-Rich Lamp ($379 Value)" during a PT-AE8000U sales promotion in early 2016. Were they offering a standard replacement lamp for the one in the new PJ's that were included in the PT-AE8000U projectors sold at that time? I find it odd they would offer a different replacement lamp versus the OEM version.
I suspect the devil is in the details.
I for one will suck it up and buy a replacement that is clearly marked as a Panny product, Red Rich, and from a known, bonafide authorized reseller, even if it costs me $450.
Food for thought as more of us encounter this conundrum.
: Got a bit ahead of myself ^. What I'd like to do is get feedback from folks who know more than I do; if any of you have additional insight.
What I would like to know are the answer to the following questions, if anyone has a definitive answer for them:
1. Is the OEM bulb in a Panasonic PT-AE6000U or PT-AE8000U the Ushio bulb or the Matsu****a bulb?
2. What is a "Red Rich" bulb and is it OEM for these PJ's?
3. Does it matter? If so, why?