Why are you guys buying your bulbs so soon? With 5000hrs lamp life I think it'll be a good while before you get to use that bulb. I would have put that $$ towards something I could use right now instead of something I would probably not use for at LEAST 1-2 years from now. Oh well, to each, his own.
So far at this point no one can really say as the projector is still fairly new. I've always run mine on low power and normal fan mode and have not had any problems "knocking on wood"... 160+ hours since last March.
I hate to admit it here but I've done some major stupid stuff with the projector being that I bought a Surge Protector/Automatic Voltage regulator last month and have plugged in the projector together with my HTPC and the Panasonic plasma to it... to make the story short I have overloaded the voltage regulator a few times (ok 3 times) while the projector was still on and it basically shuts the power down leaving the projector un-cooled, so far I haven't noticed any problems... THANK GOD!!!
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