The life of a projector lamp is finite. Typically, the projector manufacturer will specify the rated lamp hours for each projector model.
The most common problem one faces with a projector or projection TV is the failure of a lamp. However, consumers are frequently unaware of the existence of a user replaceable lamp. Engineered specifically for the machine for which it was made, the lamp typically defines the brightness and clarity of the projected image. With this in mind, consumers then face the confusing task of trying to determine the correct lamp for their video projector or RPTV, the most reliable source for the lamp and the best quality lamp for the price they are willing to pay.
The life of a projector lamp is finite. Typically, the projector manufacturer will specify the rated lamp hours for each projector model. For video projectors, this can range from an average of 2,000-4,000 hours. In RPTV’s one can expect an average lifespan of 4,000-8,000 hours. Of course, this depends upon usage, environment, maintenance schedule and age of projector. When the projection lamp beings to dim, picture quality is compromised.
Using the internet to research the right lamp is valuable. One is able to compare prices, suppliers and inventory. It is important to review customer feedback for each supplier in consideration, as very often internet companies can be difficult to get in touch with should there be a problem with the order.
Furthermore, there are some important factors to keep in mind when buying that lamp which extend beyond the supplier. There are two types of projector lamps. One is the Original Equipment Manufacturer or OEM projector lamp. The OEM lamp is the lamp that is manufactured for the maker of the projectors (i.e. Sony, Sanyo, Panasonic, etc) and is the highest quality lamp for the specific projector model. The second type is the OEM compatible or Generic projector lamp. This lamp is made by a manufacturer which is different from and not related to the original projector manufacturer. In general, these lamps are specifically manufactured to work over a wide range of models;possibly offering less than optimal output. While it is true that there are high quality OEM compatible projector lamps available, one must be sure to purchase not on price alone, but on quality and service. Look for a Generic projector lamp supplier which has prequalified its lamp manufacturer, inspects each lamp prior to shipping and boasts a competitive, no hassle warranty.
One of the leading projector and RPTV lamp providers is available at lampstop.com. Lamp Stop inspects each lamp, and has worked with their lamp manufacturers to develop high quality, competitively priced replacement projector lamps.