I am considering purchasing a Panasonic pt-ae200/300 however I am slightly worried about lamp life. As what looks like a simmilar price to a good 32" tele could end up being £300/yr in bulbs. Panasonic quote 2000h on high brightness in their manual, however I see 5000 quoted for low power in various places but panasonic simply state "prolonged life in low power". In people's experiences do the bulbs actually last the projected lifespan or is this a highly optemistic figure on the part of the manufacturer? I have searched and found this article http://www.avforums.com/forums/showthread.php?s=&threadid=82193 which seems that many people had to replace the bulb after 2200 ish hours, even on low power. There was some speculation as to the fact that the 2000h might be a "high power equivilent" time, so infact about 5000h in realtime but no one came back with a final answer. I have also read that the life span is a half life rather than time till the bulb breaks, I can't quite remeber if lumens follow a straight line graph but does the projector fall to visibly half brightness over the lifespan? Finally how do people who have had LCD projectors (any make) over a long period of time find they stand up reliability wise. I have read about discolorizations etc, is this likely to be a problem? I would hate to spend a lot of money only for it to become sub standard a couple of years down the line. Thanks for any responses, I have done quite a bit of research and searches on the forum and probably just need my mind put to rest that I am not wasting £1000-1400 on something that will only last a year or two.