Now that projectors have become more affordable than ever, a potential buyer may become easily overwhelmed when looking at the dozens of different options available. Each individual projector has its own features: picture quality, color depth, lamp life, etc. One of the most important concerns of new projector owners is lamp life. On average, the normal range of expected lamp life for these devices is from 700 to 6,000 hours. The great news is that projector lamps function differently than typical halogen lamps; they do not simply “burn out” and turn off abruptly. A projector lamp will slowly grow dimmer as it reaches the end of its functional life. For a great deal of its life in use, the lamp will deliver consistent clarity and picture quality as long as you properly take care of it.
For those that want to buy a projector but don’t want to worry about lamp life, it would be a good idea to wait two or three years. Experts from the industry suggest that by 2016, new technologies that completely replace projector lamps will arrive. But you don’t need to worry too much about lamp life; a nice projector will let you enjoy years of entertainment without any need to change the lamp at all.
Here are some useful tips on extending a projector’s lamp life:
- Once the device is turned on, wait at least two minutes (preferably five) before turning it off. This will allow the fan to cool the unit.
- Make sure the air intake vent is not blocked when the device is in use. Clean the filter at least once every four or six months.
- Try not to move the device too much when it is in use, since it could easily damage the lamp.
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