Thursday, November 01, 2012

New Lamp ELPLP49

Like slowly raising the temperature on a frog in a pot of water, I didn't realize that the lamp on my Epson 6500UB was slowly growing dim. We were playing some Borderlands 2, and I switched from XY mode to Dynamic. Immediately, I saw just how dim the projected image had become. 

Searching the Web, I found lamps for a low as $70, but with reviews that they were junky knock-offs that could explode or catch fire. Not wanting to risk that, I keep digging until I found a coupon for 20% off and free overnight shipping at the Epson store. Picked up a filter as well while I was at it.

The lamp should arrive today, and I will be very curious to find out how much brighter it is. I have had the same lamp since the fall of 2008, so I did get my 4 yrs of use out of it. I don't really know how many hours is on it since the lamp counter was reset each time I did a firmware update and I didn't write down the numbers beforehand. If I get another 4 years out of this projector and lamp I will consider myself lucky and be ready for whatever 'new' technology comes along. Hopefully it will be something a little more useful than 3-D.


Anonymous said...

Let me know if you notice a dramatic difference. I'm in the same situation with my 6500UB, but the bulb keeps on going. I have a feeling it's a lot dimmer than it once was, since it feels a little on the dim side at this point. I got mine at the initial product launch, and have been using it steady since then. I too have update the firmware, but never bothered keeping close track after that. I had about 1000 hours on it around the time of the first update I did almost two years ago, but haven't looked to see where it's at for life at this point. I imagine I've got at somewhere around 2500-3000 hours on it by now.

BakPakVa said...

Pretty dramatic difference, much brighter. I hadn't noticed how dim it had become until I replaced it. I kept the old lamp as a spare and will use the new one until it burns out.