Hello, I'm new to this forum business but thought I'd give it a go. Ive been enjoying my Sanyo PLV-30 for about 18 months now, never had a problem with it, screen resolution, colour quality and projection size/distance have been A1. However, Ive been living in fear ever since the orange lamp light came on a few months ago. As a result Ive hardly used it the past couple of months and now tentatively put it on for the odd movie maybe a couple a times a week. Anyway I have three questions to the PLV-30 folk out there. 1. How do I check the lamp life (i.e. used hours) and whats the consensus on the lamp life, Ive heard the first lamp lasts the longest. Is it 1000, 2000 or 3000 hours (I want personally experienced hours too if possible, manufacturers tend to err on the side of caution. 2. Where can I get a lamp that will save me re-mortgaging the house 3. Does the lamp 'go with a bang and irrespective of it 'going with a bang' or whimper can I do the projector any damage by using up the lamp totally before replacement. Your experiences/answers much appreciated. Ta, sunny (living in fear) sanyo.