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Projector bulbs are a consumable, so it's not a matter of if it will go out, but when. They get dimmer with age, and the stated lifetime is not when they are expected to burn out, but when they lose 50% of their brightness. Some people go through a bulb a year. If your projector is bright enough to use in broad daylight, that likely corresponds to a shorter bulb life. Projectors usually have an "eco mode" that lowers the brightness a bit, but can double the bulb life.
fluffy (rep: 2.2k) posted Apr 14, 2012
I am! You're right Encorez haha Thanks!
@fluffy It's true it's more "when" the bulb will go out than if it will, but even with TVS or any electronic for that matter is "When" will they go out.
There is plenty of Tips out there on how to "extend" the life of a bulb,
i.e. keep it 2 feet away from objects, use the projector for at least 20 hrs shortly after you get it, they say if the projector or bulb will go out early, it within the first 10-20 hours of use.
Don't move the projector until the bulb has cooled, and so on.
And when you go into buying a projector you expect to replace a bulb within its lifetime if you plan on using it for awhile.
Eco mode is a great way to extend the light bulb life, and save on electricity, we use that mode at night time viewing.
Thanks for the comments!
If you have a great projector, a screen that is made to capture and hold light, and a nice-sized room, it is probably just like going to the movies. Most people tend to buy an under-powered projector and the wrong kind of screen. Sounds like hubby did it right :)
erick99 (rep: 404k) posted Apr 14, 2012
I had one for a while that we used just for movies. It was an older model that was state of the art at its time, but its time had long past. When it worked it was awesome. I projected it onto a solid white wall. The actors were some 3 feet tall. Buut it didn't often work.
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