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Projector Bulbs & Projector Lamps

Projector Bulbs & Projector Lamps

Projector lamps, sometimes called projector bulbs, are one of the few user replaceable parts in a projector. Unlike a car headlight or standard light bulb, a projector replacement lamp is made specifically for each individual projector or a small group of projectors in the same series. Focused Technology carries a huge selection of projector lamps and projector bulbs. All of our projector bulbs are typically in stock and overnight shipping is available for emergency situations. Search by projector manufacturer and model number to locate the correct projector bulb. Learn about Projector Lamp Care.

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Projector Bulbs

If you own a DLP or LCD projector, you know that replacing the

projector lamp

 is something that you will need to do at some point. The average projector lamp’s bulb lasts for around 2,000 hours, so most projector users will need to replace their lamp at least twice over the life of the projector. Since

projector lamps

 can be expensive, it is important that you have the most accurate and up to date information about projector lamps before you buy.
There are many aspects of a projector lamp that play a role in the projection of images or video from projector, although by far, the most important part is the lamp. Every projector lamp has several different parts, that all work towards housing and helping the lamp to function properly. It’s important to remember that varying types of projectors will use and house the projector lamps in different ways. However, they all use the bulb and projector lamp for the same reason – in order to transfer video, images, or information on to a large screen or surface.

Lamp or Bulb?

Usually the word "Lamp" is used to describe a Lamp Assembly usually including a "cage" around a bulb that goes into a LCD or DLP Projector. These projectors are used with personal computers, VCR, or DVD players. If you have an LCD or DLP projector it is likely that your manufacturer will require you to replace the "Lamp Assembly" including the cage. Attempting to dismantle the lamp and trying to replace the bulb only will in some cases void the warranty of your LCD or DLP Projector.

The word bulb usually refers to ANSI coded bulbs for overhead/slide projectors or specialty bulbs for medical, dental, automotive, and more.

There are many different types of bulbs that projector lamps use in order to do their job. The two most popular are halogen bulbs and metal halide bulbs. Halogen bulbs are cheaper and do not last as long as metal halide bulbs, which are more expensive. The halogen bulbs, when used in

projector lamps

, often produce a yellow tint on the image that is being projected. This is one reason why many people have opted for

projector bulbs

that use metal halide bulbs, rather than halogen bulbs. Some large projectors use bulbs that are referred to as Xenon lamps, which are used largely because of the incredible color reproduction they are able to achieve.

Please note that different projectors will have to use corresponding projector lamps. Not all projector lamps are universal, which is why when looking for projector lamps it would be best to consult your owner’s manual for recommendations.
The cost of replacing your projection lamp
People are often shocked when they see the price of a new projector lamp, expecting it to cost a similar amount to a fluorescent lamp. Projector lamps operate at extreme temperatures and pressures, and high-grade quartz is often used to make the bulbs to ensure resistance to these stresses is achieved while providing a very high-quality light output. Projector lamps are produced by an extremely complex technology that is very costly to the manufacturer; therefore the price of projector lamps tends to be pretty high.

Lamp Life

How long will my projector lamp last?
A huge benefit to projector lamps is the fact that they last for very long time. Just like any light bulb you would use for any other purpose, projector bulbs have an expected operating time that’s called lamp life. This is usually expressed in number of hours - normally 1000 to 2000 hours. The lamp life of some newer models can last up to 4000 hours or more. The lamp's success rate is based on a statistical bell curve, so that the majority of (but not all) lamps will meet the lamp life hours specified. Some lamps will fail sooner and this is part of the operating range of the rating and others can live even longer. This is one of the biggest benefits of a projector lamps and the main reason why they haven’t been phased out and replaced by newer technology.

For projectors that are used under normal operating conditions, usually no more than three to five hours per day in a clean, dust-free environment, the lamp will have the greatest chance of lasting through its entire lamp life. Projectors that are used more often are more likely to show a decrease in lamp life. Projectors that are operated 24 hours a day, 7 days a week are of course, have the highest chance of lamp failure before the end of the hours specified.

The common cause of lamp failure lamp failure is usually overheating or over voltage.
Knowing when to replace your projector’s lamp
The right moment to change a lamp is determined by the deterioration of image quality such as a decrease of brightness or color fading. Some projectors have a light indicator when its’ time to replace your lamp.

Projector lamps experience a gradual dimming of the brightness of the image as the lamp loses power and pressure builds up within the bulb. The dimming may be slow but will nonetheless have a huge impact on your display. You should replace your lamp when the dimming of your image becomes noticeable. Occasionally, at the end of its life the lamp may fail altogether. Most modern projectors have a built-in lamp hour counter which will let you know when it is time to change your lamp and this counter should be reset every time the lamp is changed. Check your projector's user guide for information about this feature. Replacing a projector lamp can be simple and be performed in a few steps.

Making my projector lamp last
Below is a list of preventative steps you can take to reduce the chance of your projector lamp failing early:

  • Try not to allow the projector to overheat; the primary cause of projection lamp failure is excessive temperature stress.
  • Allow the projector lamp to cool off for at least 10 minutes after powering down, and never move the projector during this period or while the projector lamp is on. The likelihood of causing dame is much higher while the lamp is still hot.
  • Operate your projector in a clean, dust-free environment to prevent clogging of the fans and air filters. The filters should be cleaned on a regular basis.
  • Leave plenty of space around the projector's fan or exhaust to allow excess heat to be dispersed properly.
  • Use the "economy mode" if it is available on your projector when appropriate. This will decreases the projectors brightness and will help the lamp to last longer.
  • Never leave a projector in very hot or very cold places, for example in a car on a summer or winter day.