Do I HAVE to replace my bulb/lamp?

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  1. Daminator

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    Hi,

    I've had a BenQ W100 for years now.
    I started getting a warning that the lamp had been going for 2800 hours.
    Recently, this has stepped up to ..

    Change The Lamp
    Lamp > 2960 hours
    The power will turn off after 3000 hours


    I'm not sure I want to buy a new bulb/lamp for such an old projector. Can't I just use this one until it dies?

    Any tips?

    Thanks
    Damian
     
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    If you're happy with the lamp you can usually by-pass this.

    First trick to try is to see if there's a reset for lamp hours in the menu somewhere.

    If not, open up the back cover, remove the lamp, then replace it - this should re-set the lamp automatically.

    I'm not sure I'd be happy with a c.3,000 hour old lamp, but then again it's not my eyes or my money.

    Steve W
     
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    Agreed, plus your current lamp must be very dim by now, you'll probably be quite surprised just how dim if you replace with a new lamp.
     
  5. Daminator

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    Thanks for the comments everyone. I've reset the hours for now so I don't have to rush a decision.

    I'm surprised by your comments. I would have thought I'd be mad to spend almost £100 on an old 480p projector bulb when (I assume) I could get a nice new HD projector for a few hundred pounds. My thinking was to just run this one into the ground and buy a HD unit when the bulb died.

    I have no doubt that a new bulb would make me think "Wow, look how dim it had got", but if it's not bothering my, I've got very little incentive to spend the money.

    Getting a better projector and a good resolution is much more of an incentive. But again, I'm in no rush. This is more than 'good enough' at the moment. I've got much more pressing things to spend my money on.

    Your consensus to buy a new bulb has made me stop and think though. I thought you'd be laughing at this machine and recommending scrapping it in exchange for a modern model.

    Thanks,
    Damian
     
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    I didn't check out the spec of the machine.

    If it's SD, and you're wanting to upgrade, then I'd definitely save the £100 towards a new projector.

    Steve W
     
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    Thanks Steve. I feel better about my decision now.
     

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