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I sold my 3020 projector. Received a message that there's a pink/red bar on top. Lamp is a genuine Epson lamp with 4,000+ hours. Would a new lamp solve this, or is there another issue?

It's probably not the lamp. Bad LCD panel is more likely
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It's probably not the lamp. Bad LCD panel is more likely
Appreciate the reply. I sold the projector on eBay clearly stating the problem.... Am now the proud owner of a 6040 [just realized that 6040 is double 3020, HA!]
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Hey, guys--could use some advice.

I just tried to replace the lamp in my 3020. The old lamp came out fine, but the new one (a $125 knockoff--yeah, I know, probably not a good idea) does not light up. The fan runs for a while and then the red temperature warning light comes on after a while. No image thrown.
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But the real trouble is that I can't get the non-functioning bulb out now. It's stuck good, and it's definitely not because of the attachment screws. Something that appears to be on the left side of the bulb is keeping it in there and I'm leery of putting too much force on it. And I'm not too keen to disassemble the thing, since I don't know what I'm doing.

Anyone experience something like this? Is sending it to a repair center my only viable option?

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Pull harder. If it went it, it will come out.
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Hey, guys--could use some advice.

I just tried to replace the lamp in my 3020. The old lamp came out fine, but the new one (a $125 knockoff--yeah, I know, probably not a good idea) does not light up. The fan runs for a while and then the red temperature warning light comes on after a while. No image thrown.
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But the real trouble is that I can't get the non-functioning bulb out now. It's stuck good, and it's definitely not because of the attachment screws. Something that appears to be on the left side of the bulb is keeping it in there and I'm leery of putting too much force on it. And I'm not too keen to disassemble the thing, since I don't know what I'm doing.

Anyone experience something like this? Is sending it to a repair center my only viable option?

--Jeff
My 2 cents: if you buy a knockoff don't spend $125. You might as well get a genuine bulb. Most knockoffs can be found for $50 or less.

As far as your problem is concerned, it might have overheated and maybe something melted inside. The repair center route isn't worth it - keep on trying, and a little bit of force won't break the projector. Worse case is that you'll break the bulb or bulb housing [disclaimer: not professional advise ]
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My 2 cents: if you buy a knockoff don't spend $125. You might as well get a genuine bulb. Most knockoffs can be found for $50 or less.

As far as your problem is concerned, it might have overheated and maybe something melted inside. The repair center route isn't worth it - keep on trying, and a little bit of force won't break the projector. Worse case is that you'll break the bulb or bulb housing [disclaimer: not professional advise ]
Thanks, guys. Forcing it worked! At least I can put the old bulb back in and still get some use out of it while I wait for a proper replacement.

So that leads me to another question--where's a good place to order bulbs for this thing? When I search on the bulb part number (V12H010L68) I see such a wide disparity in prices from different sellers. I'm certainly leery after the experience I just had--the bulb just didn't quite fit, and that's what caused me all the problems.
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Thanks, guys. Forcing it worked! At least I can put the old bulb back in and still get some use out of it while I wait for a proper replacement.

So that leads me to another question--where's a good place to order bulbs for this thing? When I search on the bulb part number (V12H010L68) I see such a wide disparity in prices from different sellers. I'm certainly leery after the experience I just had--the bulb just didn't quite fit, and that's what caused me all the problems.
How many hours do you use your projector on average?
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How many hours do you use your projector on average?
Sorry for the late reply--I use it maybe 25 hours per week.
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Thanks, guys. Forcing it worked! At least I can put the old bulb back in and still get some use out of it while I wait for a proper replacement.

So that leads me to another question--where's a good place to order bulbs for this thing? When I search on the bulb part number (V12H010L68) I see such a wide disparity in prices from different sellers. I'm certainly leery after the experience I just had--the bulb just didn't quite fit, and that's what caused me all the problems.
If you go to the Epson website you will see that the replacement lamp for the Epson 3020 is a different number (V13H010L68) - this is usually listed as the replacement for the 3010/3010e.

https://epson.com/For-Home/Projector...r/p/V11H501020

If you click on Accessories, Lamps - it will list ELPLP68 as the Replacement Projector Lamp / Bulb. $299.

Assuming this is the correct OEM lamp you can find it discounted on the Provantage website for $232.

Provantage is a respected site used often by AVS Forum members and a company I've used several times over the years.

http://www.provantage.com/epson-v13h010l68~7EPS90VC.htm

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Sorry for the late reply--I use it maybe 25 hours per week.
That's about 1,300 hours a year, so a bulb will last about 3 years. A new OEM bulb can be had for $240 (see above), so that's $80 a year. I think that's worth it IMHO.
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Hi all,

I'm new to AVS and be glad to do my first post here.

I bought my 3020 light bulb from projectorlamps.com back in September 2015 for $200 including tax and shipping cost. It is still young (~700hr) and is doing OK. Hope this helps.
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Epson 3020 a worthy purchase

I've gone through about 6 projectors now, my latest are a Epson 3020 and a Nec XG1351.
I use the Epson about 4 hrs a day 4+ days a week and got 450 hrs on eco mode. 1 bulb in 3 1/2 yrs ain't bad. I gambled and purchased a cheap knock off bulb (< $50) and have 30 hrs so far. The Nec is for lower rez analog content but does 1080P fairly well- It's use of for when I want to watch a Laser Disc, Video tape, play older game consoles etc. One thing you want to do is set the Epson to high altitude mode, This will run the fan a wee bit faster with more cooling getting to the bulb. Next is make sure to clean or replace the air filter once a year.
Even thought this model is considered entry level, it has a very watchable image. I've demo'd higher end projectors and see very little image difference, more gee wiz features than actual image improvement. My only complaint is the latency, 100 ms lag.

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I just purchased a refurb 3020 from Visual Apex last week and happen to notice what looks like swirl marks on the lens. I tried to clean the lens with a microfiber cloth and some lens cleaner but I do not see the swirls when the projector is off so I assume they are deeper inside being projected onto the lens. I'm just wondering if this is nothing to be concerned about or if its worth going through the return process while I still can.

Here's a pic showing the marks when on and another when off.
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PowerLite Home Cinema 3020e blue corner

Does anyone know what causes this colour tint in the bottom left of the screen?
I have cleaned the filter and changed the lamp but its still there.Its worse when first turned on but only gets slightly better when warmed up.
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I had a similar issue with my HC3020 about 3 years ago, called Epson, and they immediatley replaced the entire projector. I would guess this is a known fault, so I would call Epson Tech Support if I were you. I couldn't be happier about their customer service, but my machine was still under warranty then. The replacement unit has shown no such issues and is happily humming along with no problems ever since. Call Epson about it - see what they will do for you.
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Strange New Pixel Pattern on Epson 3020

We have had an Epson 3020 for about four years with no problems. I went downstairs to check on the kids yesterday and noticed a pixel pattern on the screen (see attached pictures). I'm told it just started up a few days ago. I've tried different inputs and the pattern remains. I'm not sure what to do! Any ideas?

Thanks for your thoughts!
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Sorry to revive this old thread, but I have an issue, with my 3020e projector.
I have purchased it for $20, hoping that it would be an easy fix.
It did not come with a remote, so it may be a remote setting that I can't make, since I don't have the remote.
Or, it could really have an issue. That is what, I'm trying to figure out.
In both 3D modes I'm getting an image. Though, there are is an issue as well. Image is missing on the right side(side by Side mode), or at the bottom(top to bottom mode).
If I switch to Auto, or 2D mode, I'm not getting an image, only a thin bar image, at the top. It seems like, it shows an image that is doubled next to each other.
Menu/source does not show either, in this state. I have to select blindly, one of the 3D modes, to be able to see an image.
Anybody had this issue, or maybe can help out with my issue, it would be greatly appreciated.
A replacement remote, is almost $60.
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Reviving this thread again to share my sob story with my 3020, in case it's of interest. Shortly after it was out of warranty (of course) the projector started to display a greenish-blue line up the center of the screen. This is an issue I know others have had in the past. At first the line appeared only occasionally but eventually it was more or less constant.

I contacted several authorized service centers and was told that because of the way the projector is designed, it likely would require replacing the entire integrated motherboard/optical assembly, which runs over $700. This, for me, was a non-starter (I've got two young children so the disposable income is not what it once was).

I ended up rolling the dice and paying a repair guy to pull the machine apart in case he could find a loose connection to re-solder, but after disassembling/re-assembling it five times he couldn't resolve the problem.

tl;dr -- I'm through with Epson products. But the happy ending is that I picked up an old Panny projector off eBay for next to nothing (relatively speaking) and it works beautifully. Not as bright as the Epson, but crystal clear.
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I would need a motherboard, for how much would you sell the pj?

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Epson 3020 life expectancy

Hello. I have had an Epson 3020 since 2013 and need to replace the bulb again, First replacement was at 3300 hrs (3 years use) and now 2940 hrs (2.5 years use). Is this lamp life typical? The manual says 3000 hrs but i don't believe it. Is it time for a new projector? I paid a lot for the epson then but they are way cheaper now. About a grand Cdn at best buy. I really like the projector but concerned about continuing lamp life degradation and the cost. I have been buying the lamps from epson because i am dubious regarding 3rd party sellers even amazon. Does anyone have positive or negative comments about 3rd party sellers? And if i were to purchase a new projector does anyone have any recommendations for current projectors on the market under $1000? Thanks for any help.
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Hoping someone has an idea of what could be causing this issue. Contrast is great in the corners and edges but the center upwards is getting worse and worse. It’s not all that noticeable to me while actually watching something but for the few times you do get a completely black screen (credits and what not) its very noticeable. The lamp is genuine EPSON and has not been all that long compared to the first which was fine when I replaced it actually. The brightness isn’t an issue. Thanks in advance for any help.
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I have Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 3020, off warranty, about 691 hours on it.

Recently we see half the screen pixelated. Please see the attached image. Any information on how to fix this or why this is happening?
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