Projectors?

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  1. GSWayne

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    I just blew up my 2nd bulb on my Epson 8100. I love the projector, but the 1st bulb lasted 1000 hours and the next one only 600 hours. So much for the rated 4000 hour bulb life. At about $250 each it gets expensive to waste time watching TV. I think I will try some of the cheaper replacement bulbs this time, the official Epson ones don't seem worth any extra money. I found one for $102 on Amazon, I'll try one of those.
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  2. btcn

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    GSWayne thats too bad! Thats the only thing I HATE about projectors, I'm sure just like the rest of y'all. Man, I'll be bummed if this bulb goes out anytime soon. I hope it goes a minimum of 1,500 hours but 2,000+ is ideal.

    I here ya on the cost!

    Wander why they both go out so soon? One thought is how the UPS guys treat them in shipping, could be a problem? Also, make sure not to move the projector even slightly when its hot, I herd this can take a lot of life out of them. I just wish they wasn't so sensitive.

    ALSO, I have one concern. Just thinking, I have 2 refrigerators and a Window Air Conditioner in my bedroom. They's all on the same circuit [not outlet, just the circuit braker]. NOW, on account just how sensitive these bulbs tend to be, I hope the intermittent slight loss of power from when the compressors come on could shorten the bulb's life? Or am I just going to crazy over this? Just a thought. Now, the projector don't seem to dim when they kick on, never noticed it, but the lights do sometimes. Any ideas on that?
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  3. RonS

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    I have had only had one bulb go out early. I chock it up to a power outage. What ever you do, do not just power the projector off (as in flip the power switch). Rapid cool down is a problem whether it is a rear or front projector. It's usually a double click on the display button that takes it into a suspend state. That will keep the fan running until the bulb cools down. You never really need to flip off the power switch. I never do. Just double click from suspend and it comes back on again.
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  4. btcn

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    Yea I herd about that. I do the same. The fan don't run long either, only about a little over a minute usually. Yea, a power outtage could suck! We has them now and then in the summer, maybe I should get me one of them battery things for computers for that to let it cool down with the fan if it went out?
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  5. GSWayne

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    I cannot think of any reason for my bulbs dying. I don't have any heavy intermittent loads on the circuit, I have a heavy duty surge suppressor for the house, a local surge protector power strip for the projector, we don't have many lightning storms around here, I never turn off the projector with a external power switch, and line voltage measures 121 volts (a little high but should not be close to a damaging level).

    The last bulb that died blew up just as it was turning on. I don't remember the exact failure mode of previous bulb deaths.
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  6. RaceMan8100

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    Hey GSWayne...I have an Epson 8100, too. Got it refurb for $749. Not sure if you read the boards at AVSforum.com, but many have chimed in about blown lamps and that Epson has been extending the bulb warranty beyond the 90 days to two years. Even if you are past the warranty, I would call and tell them about the first blown lamp and that you paid for it out of pocket. Make the case...plead with them...they will probably take care of you.

    Let me know how it goes.

    Here is the official Epson 8100 Owner's Page -- http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?t=1204601&page=63
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  7. Dismount

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    For something that eats up $250 lamps, even a halfassed UPS would be a good investment.

    Clean power that will keep cooking through short outtages.
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  8. Sniper X

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    Explain your shut off regimen.
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  9. GSWayne

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    I turn if off with the remote control. The power to the projector is always on.
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  10. Sniper X

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    Well, that isn't it then. That is correct. So are you buying chicom lamps or OEM lamps? IF you buy replacement lamps on the net, chances are unless they say they are factory fresh OEM lamps, and they are made by a Japanese company, they are knock offs and you are getting jacked. What model is the projector?
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  12. btcn

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    Sniper X I reckon it ain't true HD? Well whatever it is it sure as hell looks pretty damn good!

    Other than just a slight screen door effect [only noticable if you look pretty close and youse real close up to the screen], its nothign that bothers me. A decent distance back and you won't never notice.

    The colors are great, it looks great, works very well. For $100 I'm in disbelief!

    As for that bulb, maybe it is a knockoff or something. But I don't know. They is extremely sensative. I just hate that. I think eventually I'm want a good LED projector. Now, there is some out now, but the majorty of them is them little pocket projectors. And almost all is pretty low lumens [nearly all is 500 Lumens and less]. Although I just found one thats 2,500 lumes [not ANSI though whatever that means].

    WTF? Wouldn't you think LED is more lumens? I mean they's basically already very consentraited light. Add some serious watts and seems they'd be good. They says they has a 20,000 hour lamp life though! That's more like it!:deal

    Also, this is LASER:

    http://www.newav.com/13858/new-benq-lw61st-1280x800-laser-projector

    How is that thing availible?:eek1 It seems that that could be very dangerous! I know lasers are not safe. The little toy ones is, but not the serious ones like the over 5 MW green ones can blind you nearly instantly. We had a 100 MW one, and DAMN! That thing would burn a match afar! I believe Wikipedia says it can blind you in 1/100ths of a second!:eek1 How does these work? Seems they'd burn the color wheels or DLP chip up!:huh

    But does give a 20,000 hour lamp life as well.
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  13. btcn

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    Well guys, really loving this projector!:thumb It works great, looks damn impressive! It honestly looks as good as or better than most TVs I's had when you use component! Its sensitive to input though, looks shitty on video. So I use Component all the time. Watching on the H-D Tivo, couldn't look better to me! Or playing games in component it blows me away! Amazing how well these things work!

    One quick question. So is it ok to transport these like in a truck? Cause I like to bring it to my dad's on weekends to watch NASCAR. Its about a 20 miles drive. I know you have to let it cool off completely for a few hours.

    But is it ok to drive it? I put it in the original packaging, with the styrophome and all that, so its packed well. And I handle it very carefully. But is the bumps when a driven on the highway bad for it? Thanks.
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  14. RonS

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    They should travel fine. Nothing really loose that could get out of alignment. However, watching NASCAR could ruin any electronics. Best stick to MotoGP on the good gear and leave the NASCAR for the old black and white portables :lol3
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