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Projector Lamp Mode Settings Can Have Significant Impact on Lamp Life

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Extending lamp life by smart operator use of features provided in the projector settings, can reduce the frequency of buying replacement lamps  - saving on both the purchase price of the new lamp and the staff time and hassle factor of replacement. The major lamp manufacturers - Philips, Osram, Ushio, Panasonic, Iwasaki, Phoenix - have improved the lamp technology such that new lamps can now deliver 4000 hours or more even when operated at full power 100% of the time. However, the projector manufacturers have been just as important in helping extend lamp life with built-in, operator controlled settings that allow modulating brightness to meet...

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Projector Replacement Lamps: A Quick Guide to Help You Know What Your are Buying

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Projector replacement lamp marketing is a circus of confusion for the customer. Sellers of projector lamps stretch the limits of language to present their lamps in the best possible light.  "Genuine original lamp" "High quality lamp" "Compatible replacement lamp" "Original lamp inside" "OEM compatible" "High quality bulb inside" "Made from original parts" "OEM lamp" "OEM lamp module" "Factory original module" Each of these phrases may accurately describe what the customer is buying. The problem for the customer is that for a given projector model (eg. Epson EH-TW9000) there are several "replacement lamps" that will work for the projector, but each of the options has...

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The Best Projector Lamps Are Manufactured by a Few Experienced Companies

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Ultra-high-performance projection lamps are more than just another component in today’s LCD / DLP digital projector universe. These high pressure lamps, the original invented by Philips in 1994, are the critical factor in the quality of image projected for the viewer. Whether it’s video or data, without a quality lamp, images intended to teach, sell or motivate will fall short - no matter how many bells and whistles come with the projector. Projector manufacturers work with Philips, Osram, Iwasaki, Panasonic, Ushio or Phoenix - the six premier projector lamp manufacturers - to produce that lamp that meets the specific needs...

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Highly Rated Sony VPL-DX221 Projector for Business & Classrooms Features a 10,000 Hour Lamp

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The highly affordable Sony VPL-DX221 classroom and meeting room projector, released 17 months ago, now (in January 2019) ranks as one the top XGA class projectors for schools and businesses. The VPL-DX221 is attractive because it combines ease of use, excellent picture quality and low ownership costs, including a long life lamp. XGA (1024 x 768) resolution provides plenty of fine detail; useful for making presentations direct from a laptop or tablet. Designed as a light weight, workhorse projector, the VPL-DX221 offers 2800 lumens of brightness and a 4,000:1 contrast ratio, sufficient to produce clear images in rooms with some...

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"OEM" - The Smoke and Mirrors of Projector Lamp Module Sales

Posted by George Spoleto on

The language being used to describe the replacement light source for digital projectors is a case study in sales talk often meant to confuse rather than clarify. Here is an example from the web site of a reseller: “We carry 4 versions of the Optoma EW531 Lamp. There are 3 OEM versions: the OEM lamp directly from the bulb manufacturer of the original lamp included with this projector, the same OEM lamp sold by Optoma, and an OEM compatible version from another OEM bulb manufacturer, but not the original manufacturer for this model. We also sell an economically priced compatible...

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