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HD72 bulb hours... how long did you get....

1884 Views 14 Replies 10 Participants Last post by  jopapgh
Just wondering if there are any people that got proper life out of there HD72 bulbs.

Ill start 650 hours.
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I got about 1000 hours before the unit began to shut off after 15-30 seconds. I sent the unit to OptomaUSA and they told me the bulb was bad. 2 days later, my PJ arrived and has been working fine since then. I tend to believe it was not the bulb, but the lamp driver.

lamp meter shows 606hr , but it counts every two hours so the real time is 1212 hours, no problems yet.
I only got about 600 out of my first bulb before I had the shutoff issue. I had a spare bulb that came with the unit when I bought it and I'm at about the same point on that bulb. I fear for it's life.
Right around 500ish hours bulb did the 15-30 second thing. The odd thing is I had this unit in before for something else and they replaced the light engine... I would think that would have been a preemptive fix... apparently not.

I am wondering what they will say this time... unit arrived at optoma last week so I am expecting some info soon.

BTW on optomas RMA sight to check status they want an RMA number in the form OPT-xxxxx but my RMA number had no OPT in it and was a long string of numbers only... what do you do to check status?
To check the RMA status, simply use the last 5 numbers of your RMA number.


Thanks, that's what I thought but I just get invalid user name error no matter what I do... I will have to call for status I guess.
I never could get their online thing to work. When I called they said it wasn't working...

I got ~650 hours but it's looking like mine's only counting every other hour as well which would make it 1300 hours.
I think I'm just about at 2 years and counting...

I would give you the lamp life but I never sent my original unit back to get the firmware updated.

Of course I have had the whole "Factory Reset" bug happens quite a few times over the course of the past 2 years but I have all my settings on a paper so it takes less than 5 min to get it back to normal.

I should have sent it back but I've just been pretty lazy and unless the bug comes up I just never remember, besides its really a pain in the butt to take it down and pack it up so again, lazy.

I think I have come up on my 2 year warrenty. I intended to send it in before the warrenty was up but I just didn't get around to it I guess, and I think I might be close if not over the 2 year mark. I need to get my reciept out and verify.

I have to have well over 1000 hours on it right now and it still looks good. Now that I say this something will happen but I guess I don't have much room to complain. If I had to guess (which I do since my lamp hours have been reset quite a few times) I'd say I'm getting close to 1500 hours.

I guess keeping my firmware broken projector has been sort of good luck
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My bulb exploded a little after 400 hours. I am currently running the HD65, I like it more due to the higher brightness and very similar image.
so does the timer on the Hd72 count every 2 hours??? Also I got a new HD72 and was wondering if I should run it with the high altitude mode on. How do you know if you should run it like this. I tried it for a movie and man is it loud and annoying.
i run on low lamp and low altitude mode, i have 621x2 hr on the lamp.
I got about 900 hours on the 1st bulb, 600 hours on the 2nd bulb - very poor. I stopped feeding the optoma bulbs and got a infocus IN76
Less than 600 hours in low lamp mode before I started to get the strange no light but fan still running condition.
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