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why are replacement lamps so expensive?

Discussion in 'Projectors, Screens & Video Processors' started by Martin68, Mar 15, 2005.

  1. Martin68

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    You can now pick up projectors for well under £1000, but the lamps seem to still cost half the price of the whole projector in some cases, how can the manufactourers justify the high price of replacement lamps?
    will the price of lamps drop as everything els has, after all in comparisn, how come you can buy a dvd player for £30, with all the components, processors laser motors etc.. and then compared to a glass lamp mounted in a reflector for £400? thats a bit of a RIP OFF, i can buy a top of the range crt 32" tv for that! I understand that certain street lighting uses metal halyde lamps, simular to projectors and ive seen prices for £25 for street lamp bulbs.
    I think the manufatoures are cashing in on spare parts because they are loosing too much money through competition on finnished products, come on if you realy wanted a dvd player im sure you would spend £100 for the same £30 spec machien, if £100 was the cheapest one on the market.
     
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    It's a similar situation to inkjet printers - they sell you one cheap and then shaft you every time it runs out of ink.
     
  3. SimonInd

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    why are replacement lamps so expensive?

    Because they can be. The projector market is small, specialised and reasonably 'high-end' so the manufacturers charge what they can get away with.

    With the recent advances in technology the high lamp cost just encourages you to get a new projector. Given that the average lamp is going to last several years I don't see it as a huge problem.

    If you want to see a real rip-off (IMO) have a look at cables ( hi-fi and video ) and scalers ( a PC is cheaper and considerably more versatile )....
     
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    Very good point, why are they so exspensive, I think the bulk seem to be made by a company called "O___" , Wish I had shares with them, I don't think the makers of LCD/DLP projectors are profiteering with after sales on lamp's, it appears to be more of a Cartel ???????
     
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    ..... yet another "why are lamps so expensive" question......

    When you find a dvd player that needs 16,000 - 20,000 volts to start it up and has an internal operating temperature over 1000 degrees, then you can start making price comparisons.

    Likewise if you think that the colour spectrum of a street lamp (or anyother lamp for that matter) would be just fine for a projector, then do some further reading - Here for instance.

    If you reckon that the replacement cost of a lamp is too expensive, divide the expected run-time (3000 hours-ish ?) by the number of movies you'll watch (1000 ?) - and stick 50p in a jar each time you watch a movie.....

    Better still, buy a Sim2 projector with 8000 hrs lamp life.......

    S.
     
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    They need to develop some kind of self cleaning quartz, and then they'd last forever!
    Thankyou for that interesting link. Nice to know why things eventually die.
     

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