Today, Sanyo projector lamps are used for business and home theater
entertainment. From DLP to LCD, regardless of whether your device is for
fun or business, all projectors use lamps or bulbs to help produce the
images which they project. Unfortunately, the life of projector lamps is
not infinite and many factors play a part in how long the lamp will last.
Not unlike the bulbs in your home lights, Sanyo projector lamps will go out
at some point and need to be replaced. However, if you take good care of
them, you can extend the life of projector lamps in several simple ways.
Unfortunately, many owners overlook the necessary steps to increase the
bulb’s life expectancy.
Typical Lamp Life Expectancy
Many manufacturers say that their lamp life expectancy is approximately two
thousand hours, when the components are used under normal operation.
However, some may even claim a life expectancy of over three thousand hours
when the projector is set to conserve power. In some cases, some
manufacturers boldly estimated a life expectancy of five thousand hours.
The true life expectancy of most projector lamps fall in the range of one
thousand to two thousand hours of use, before the lamp no longer functions.
If you want to maximize the life expectancy of your bulb, you must use
power saving settings. You may have to sacrifice some visual quality but it
will extend the amount of time you will be able to use the lamp. As is the
case with most electronic equipment, you must keep it clean and moderate
the amount of time you run it at full power.
Taking Care of Your Lamp
Some basic care of Sanyo projector lamps will extend their useful life. One
way to extend the life is to never unplug the projector immediately after
shutting it off. Most units have a fan which runs for approximately two
minutes after the device has been turned off. If you unplug it too soon,
the fan will not get a chance to cool the lamp down quickly enough. Some
projectors may have internal batteries which allow the fan to run even if
it’s unplugged. Another way to extend the lamp life is to clean the
projector’s filter. Some manufacturers say the filter should be cleaned or
replaced every one hundred hours of use while others allow for up to 1000
hours of use. If you do not replace or clean the filter at some point, air
circulation will be decreased which could cause the lamp to overheat and
quit working sooner. Projector placement can play a big role in lamp life
also. Be sure to leave as much open space around the device as possible to
allow proper air flow. It is best to have the unit hang rather than be
mounted against a ceiling or shelf wall that can block the flow of air and
cause overheating. Lastly, to maximize the life of your lamp, you should
use your projector in low power mode whenever possible. Decreasing the
power decreases the brightness in many cases, but it can greatly increase
the life of your lamp.
Be sure to get a solid warranty on your lamp. Most manufacturers will offer
them. Typically, the warranties last ninety days or five hundred hours of
lamp use. If you are a heavy user, it would be a wise investment to
purchase a third party warranty. Third party warranties often last two
years at the cost of $75 or more. Purchasing an extended warranty can end
up saving you money in the long run, considering the cost of some projector
bulbs. If you use your equipment twenty four hours a day and seven days a
week, you would quickly reach the one thousand to two thousand hour
milestone, which is the average life expectancy of lamps. Constantly having
to purchase lamps can be very expensive. If you have an extended warranty,
you would have insurance to cover the expense of new lamps.
The lamp could be considered the heart of the projector because without it
nothing else will work properly. Therefore, projector lamps must be well
taken care of in order to allow a long life expectancy. Projectors should
receive regular maintenance and be used in way to increase its longevity.
Clean the filter every one hundred to one thousand hours of use. Give
proper placement of the projector to allow for adequate air flow. Use power
saving mode whenever it makes sense. Don’t be one of the typical owners
that neglect what is needed to extend the life expectancy of their
projector. Spending a little bit of time cleaning or replacing filters, or
adjusting the settings to conserve power, or establishing the proper
location of your projector can extend the life of your Sanyo projector lamps and save you time and money.
Priscilla Carlyle (aka Projector Chick) is a self-described enthusiast of
technology specifically related to home entertainment, online gaming, and
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