Originally Posted by T-Bone
Anyone have an estimate of the replacement cost for the laser? In case it fails before 20 years and after the warranty of 3 years Runs Out.
I suppose it's a user replaceable module?
This unit is rated to 20k hours. If you turned it on and left it on, you will (on average) get 833 days of 24/7 operation or roughly 2.3 years of use. You may get more, you may get less, it's an average. In any case, for a home unit or periodic corporate use, that's quite a bit of time.
If you used it 8/hrs a day every day, that's 6.8 years of operation. If you are planning to use it more than 8 hrs a day, you need a life. You also need a more expensive laser projector with a longer rating as you are not using this one in the for way for which it was intended. This is a lower end laser unit not designed for hard core 24/7 use.
So the answer to your question about replacing the laser is that you don't. If it breaks under warranty, you send it back to them and they will likely send you a refirb unit. If you have an extended warranty but the manufacturers warranty is out, they will likely either give you a refirb or a credit toward something else if it dies after they are no longer available.
The laser light engine is not user swappable and the part (if even made available) will likely not be cost effective to swap in any case. In short, this is a disposable product once the warranty has expired. Set it and forget it.
You will get at least three years from it and if luck is with you and you treat it right, you should get 6-7 years of non-TV-addict, non-commercial use levels. The concept is that by the time the laser dies, you won't want it anymore anyway because it will be out of date and true/full spectrum HDR laser units (or something even more advanced) will probably be in vogue.