The cost of a replacement projector lamp can vary from $100 to $1,000 or more per lamp module. Making sure that the lamp performs efficiently for an extended period of time will help you in getting the most value out of the money you spent. below are five simple tips that will help you in increasing the life of your projector lamps. A typical DLP/LCD lamp has an effective life of about 2,000 hours. Some projector manufactures are claiming 6,000 to 8,000 hours on their newer models.
Most manufacturers rate their lamp life, not to failure, but to the point where the lamp is half as bright as it was when new. This is called the "Half Life" The lamp will reduce in brightness over time, this reduction in brightness is gradual and is considered normal operation. Typically, after the effictive lamp hours are exceeded, the lamp will continue dimming to the point where it is no longer useful.
Having a spare lamp on hand will help eliminate the panic of a projector with a expired lamp.
On to the Tips! If you follow the tips below, you will prolong the effective life of your projector lamp considerably.
Keep Your Projector in a Clean Environment
Smoke and dust clog the air filters and coat the lamp. Regular cleaning will help in ensuring that the performance of the projector, which is directly related to the performance of the projector lamp. It is advisable that you should use vacuum to clean any dust build up in the filters or elsewhere in the projector.
Projector should have a room to breath
As projector modules require good airflow to pass over the bulb to regulate temperature, any restriction in the movement of air is likely to shorten the life of a projector lamp. Therefore, make sure your projector has enough clearance to surrounding fictures or walls.
Lower lamp settings extend the life of a projector lamp
If your projector allows you to adjust the light intensity with an ‘Economy’ mode setting, it will extend the life of your projector up to 50% more.
Buy projector lamp from a reputable distributor
You should always buy replacement projector lamps from a reputed distributor, if you want them to last. And you should always go for an original lamp rather than a generic one. There is the old rule, you get what you pay for. Buying cheap knock-off copy lamps will cost you as much in the long run. Copy lamps don't last as long or burn as bright!
Purchase and install Genuine authentic replacement lamps. Generic lamps may seem like a bargain but they offer a much shorter lamp life. Usually advertised as “compatible”, these counterfeit lamps are prone to explosions. Genuine OEM projector lamps offer a much longer lamp life. Beware of knock-off projector lamps.
Allow the Projector to Cool Down.
Allow the projector time to cool down. We recommend 10 minutes to be on the safe side. Some newer projectors have a Instant Off feature, however it's best for the longevity of your lamp that it's allowed to cool down before being moved or started up again. Doing so will help to prevent premature failure of your lamp.