How to save money on projector bulbs

Discussion in 'Home Theater and Stereo' started by Mike, Aug 23, 2010.

  1. Mike

    Mike Bon Vivant Donor Top Poster

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    My bulb went out last night just before movie time (of course) and after I replaced the old bulb with my back-up I immediately looked to see how much a spare was going to cost me.

    I keep a spare on hand all the time, but my last ones have been provided by the bulb warranty I purchased which is now expired.

    Anyway, 400 bucks is the cost of a new bulb.

    Ok, so I searched a little further and found a place that sold the bulb part (without the surrounding housing) for 200 bucks.

    They want 200 bucks for the housing?

    So tonight I am going to remove the old bulb from the housing, and if that goes smoothly (looks like 3 screws and a couple of clipped on wires) then I will just order a new bulb, fit it into the existing housing and save myself 200 bucks.

    I asked the lady on the phone was it difficult to replace the bulb in the housing and she said, not if you can use a screwdriver. :) So we shall see what we shall see.

    Anyone ever swapped out only the bulb (without the housing) on your projector?

    Mike
     
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    CJ Bronze Member Admin Top Poster

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    [david yohn] Its a lamp, not a BULB!!!! [/yohn] nice work!
     
  3. LarryB

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    You beat me to it!!
     
  4. Mike

    Mike Bon Vivant Donor Top Poster

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    So, no one has ever done this?

    Gulp, I hate being a Guinea pig.

    Mike
     
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    CJ Bronze Member Admin Top Poster

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    Take pictures :D
     
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    JoeM Well-Known Member

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    Mike, Like you I found myself in the same boat. I got my first replacement as a part of the coverage provided by the store I bought the set from. It came as a real Mitsubishi full assembly. But I've seen the numerous online stores just selling the lamp without the housing. Now that I have a spare housing I figured on doing the same thing. I'd definitely be curious to see how your's turns out.

    BTW, I have seen Phillips and OSRAM replacements. Not sure if there would be a preference for one over the other.
     
  7. Mike

    Mike Bon Vivant Donor Top Poster

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    The lady on the phone seemed to prefer the OSRAM bulbs....errrrrrr, lamps. :)

    I also found a place that was selling the lamp with the housing for 220 bucks. But....if it looks too good to be true....

    Mike
     
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    Just be sure that you take proper care handling things, as I think ANY residual skin oil (or similar) will significantly shorten the life of the replacement (if not destroy it entirely as soon as it heats up all the way). :)
     
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    I did the same thing last February. I think I paid $209 including shipping for mine. It was a simple operation to switch out lamps.
     
  10. Mike

    Mike Bon Vivant Donor Top Poster

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    She warned me not to touch the bul....lamp, and said some white gloves will be shipped with it.

    I got the thing apart and put it back together again so tomorrow I will order the lamp.

    She also told me to be sure to put this new one in the projector because it only has a 90 day warranty and if I waited until the one in there now burned out, and put this one in and it did not work....tough cookies.

    I thought that was good advice and very helpful.

    Mike
     
  11. Mike

    Mike Bon Vivant Donor Top Poster

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    Bulb .....lamp ordered. 205 shipped. Should be here Friday.

    Mike
     
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    The lamps I used for fluorescence microscopy had the potential to explode. I don't know if this is the case for lamps used with pjs but just to be on the safe side, wear goggles.
     
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    Wear goggles and you might ground yourself too... :lol: don't want any nasty discharges.
     
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    two of my co-workers have re-lamped their lcd RPTV's this way with terrific results.
     
  15. Mike

    Mike Bon Vivant Donor Top Poster

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    Well, I already disassembled the lamp last night with no mishaps...I just need to do it with cotton gloves on next time. :)

    Mike
     
  16. Michael M

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    Better yet, film it. It could be the next YouTube viral hit!
     
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    people in the light business sure get upset when they learn they sell bulbs!
     
  18. Jerry Pease

    Jerry Pease Active Member Top Poster

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    Done that got the tshirt and the video too. No sense in paying full retail.

    Sent from my DROIDX using Tapatalk
     
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    I guess I would worry that the non-mfgr lamp would be inferior -- color difference, flicker, fade, uneveness.... Not sure that problems like that would be worth the savings.
     
  20. Mike

    Mike Bon Vivant Donor Top Poster

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    The lamp I am buying is the same manufacturer as the one I just took out of the projector.

    OSRAM

    Mike
     

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