Signs that you Need to Replace Your Projector Lamp

Published: 01st December 2008
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Sometimes you will have problems with your projector and not realize that it is due to the fact that you need to replace your lamp. There are several sure signs that your lamp is in trouble and needs to be replaced. If any of these happen to you, replace the bulb and see if that fixes the problem. If that does not fix the issue that you are having with your projector, consult the owners' manual for troubleshooting instructions in order to get to the root of the problem. More often than not the problems result from needing a new projector bulb.

If you turn on your projector and you hear a clicking sound, followed by the projector's inability to display light that is a sign that the lamp needs to be replaced. Usually this means that the bulb is unable to light. In cases such as this, simply remove the lamp and replace it with a new one. In most cases, that will fix the problem and you will be able to use your projector again.

Your lamp can light but it can still need to be replaced. You do not need to wait for a full and complete outage before you replace your lamp. When the light begins to dim, you might want to take a proactive approach and change the lamp because it will just continue to get worse as it is used. If you notice that your picture is not as bright as it once was, you can often attribute that to the aging of the lamp. Your lamp will dim over time, and as it becomes noticeable to you, you will need to replace it in order to get a high quality picture when using your projector. A replacement projector lamp can recreate the perfect picture as seen when you first bought your projector.

If your projector lamp seems to be working fine but the projector lamp counter shows that it has used the hours that are listed for its expected life span, you can go ahead and replace it, or at least have a replacement handy - it is always useful to keep a spare projector lamp at hand. Even though it is working fine, you need to be prepared for the lamp to burn out. Instead of allowing that to happen while you are unprepared, keep an eye on the counter so you will know what to expect. While your lamp might last longer than its expected life, it is possible that it could burn out at any time once it hits its lifespan.

The sign that requires immediate attention is a loud popping sound while you have the projector on. Most commonly, that is the sound of the lamp shattering. While that is rare, it is a possibility. If this happens to you, it is important that you carefully clean up the broken glass before you replace the lamp.

In most cases, projector lamps will last the lifespan that they are expected to last. Unfortunately, there will be some occasions during the life of your projector where a lamp will need to be replaced prematurely. When the time comes, make sure that you follow the proper replacement guidelines in order to keep your projector and lamp in the best shape possible.

When buying a replacement projector bulb you have two options - you can opt for the manufacturer's official bulb or you can find a quality replacement, such as Diamond Lamps. However, beware that there are cheap versions on the market which may have a reduced life or are not bright enough to give you the sharpest picture possible.

Laura Coates is one of two Directors at Chase AV Lamps. Chase AV Lamps specialise in projector lamps for both business and home cinema projectors, and offer a wide range of official manufacturer replacement projector lamps, as well cheaper alternatives, such as Diamond Lamps.



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