I made it till 8K hours on dynamic getting that message so probably no worries for awhile if it's bright enough. (All Eco)2 days past 2 years and I now have the dreaded "replace lamp soon" message. Image is still plenty bright in Natural, I only use Bright Cinema if the room lighting is high (or sunlight making its way in) and no flickering I've noticed before previous epson failures..
Question: Is the projector just basing it on hours or is it "smarter" and based on some sort of self-tests? Extra risk (explosion/damage) to keep the bulb in longer?
If it's purely an "hours" based replacement message, seems reasonable to keep running it a few more 1000.
But if it's based on lamp self-tests (power consumption/etc), maybe it's time to order the replacement.
Hours from service menu:
Total Operation time: 4729H
Lamp Op. Time 4904H
(3D/H/M/L/UL): 0H/ 1H/ 668H/ 4059H/ ----H
Lamp ON/Lamp OFF: 763Times / 760Times
Looks like BHP has the best OEM replacement cost at $237. Guess that's better than $300.