The best way to make sure that you buy the right video projector replacement lamp is to buy the user manual. Not only will you get information on the types of lamps that are compatible with your projector, but also get information on how the old bulb should be replaced and the new bulb installed in the projector. If you don’t have the manual handy, you can visit the website of the projector manufacturer and find out about the compatible lamps.
Check the physical contact and talk to the manufacturer
While you read the user manual or go through the manufacturer website, it is also a good idea to physically inspect the bulb. You may want to take the bulb out and inspect it. This will also allow you to have a look at the slot for the bulb and installation should be easier. A word of caution here – don’t try to take the lamp out immediately after using the projector. It will be hot and can easily burn your fingers badly. You can also contact the manufacturer if you are not sure about the video projector replacement lamp.
Look for plastic housing
All the top manufacturers of video projector replacement lamps offer plastic housing with the lamps. If you find someone selling a lamp without the housing, you need to find out more about the seller. There is a chance that lamp is not an OEM or a genuine product. You may think that there is no big deal with the housing because it is made of plastic, but there are safety issues associated with this housing. Otherwise, the manufacturers wouldn’t include the housing, would they?
Only buy genuine lamps
You should always look for original video projector replacement lamps because a lot depends on the quality of the lamp. When the lamp is an OEM or genuine product, the difference can be seen when you project a movie on a screen. An OEM or original product will also fit into the slot easily. Your projector is a precious piece of equipment for you and you don’t want to harm it by trying to cram in a low quality lamp in the slot.
Keep a tab on the price
Video projector replacement lamps tend to be more expensive than standard projector lamps because they are able to project high definition moving images clearly. If you have an old projector, one that is 10 to 15 years old, finding the right lamp can be quite difficult and even when you are able to, the lamp can be rather expensive. A good idea to save money is to shop online. The online stores also allow you to find out the right video projector replacement lamp in a much easier manner. And as you go through the different online stores, you can compare the prices too.
Which video projector replacement lamp for which use?
Most of the video projector replacement lamps are similar in the way they function. So, there are not really too many different choices in these lamps. What you get are the names of some fantastic manufacturers who produce the finest video projector replacement lamp modules. Keep in mind that you should always buy a module and not a standalone lamp because this is not the way these lamps are sold. You can choose any of BP00590_058479 Projector Lamp Module or ULAMPS "Compatible" Projector Lamp Module or Epson Lamp for EH-TW8000/8100/9000/9100 Projectors.
The brightness of a video projector replacement lamp matters a lot in offering the best display. The brightness is measured in lumens. If you are going to use the projector in a brightly lit room or during the day, a lamp with higher lumen count should be bought. On the other hand, if your projector room is dark and is used more during the evenings and the nights, a lamp with a lower lumen count is better.
As far as resolution is concerned, video projector replacement lamps are available as SVGA (800x600), XGA (1024x768), SXGA (1280x1024) and UXGA (1600x1200). You need to choose the resolution depending on how far your projector is from the screen. The more the distance, more is the resolution you need to ensure better and brighter pictures.
If your usage is high, you should buy a video projector replacement lamp with higher lamp life. There are lamps that last for 6,000 hours and you need to choose one of these lamps for extensive usage. But keep the price in mind.