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Do lamps deteriorate when they're not being used?

Discussion in 'Projectors, Screens & Video Processors' started by dancingmatt, May 17, 2005.

  1. dancingmatt

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    Hi all

    I've seen one or two deals where you get an extra lamp thrown (not literally!) in free with a projector. I'm wondering if the quality of a lamp could expire before it is used?

    I mean for the expense of buying a projector I know I'm going to use it more than I expect to ;) but if I get a full life out of the lamp then it's going to last me 3 or 4 years. So would a free bulb be as good in 3 or 4 years time as it is now?

    Could it deteriorate with age even though it's not been used?

    What do you think? Thanks

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  2. RTFM

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    Lamps will probably keep indefinitely if not used.

    The inert gases used in lamps will actually preserve the internal structure for a very long time.

    Jeff
     
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    If something expensive crops up when just out of warranty, having shelled out for an extra bulb may either prove to be wasted money or cramp your options...PJ :)

    Edit... didn't read the freebie bit... and delete doesn't seem to work. :)
     

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