Replacement Projector Lamps: a few things to keep in mindImagine, you sitting on your couch with your friends or Significant Other, watching a movie on your W1070. It’s the Avengers, and Iron Man is about to save New York, but all of a sudden, the screen goes black and you hear a small pop somewhere in the vicinity of your projector. The fans come on full speed and the little red warning light next to the word “Lamp” comes on. Oh no! The lamp went out. So, what do you do next?
Well, there is really only one fundamental thing you need to keep in mind when looking for a replacement lamp is that there are a lot of knock-offs out there, despite the fact that the listing may say that it is an OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) lamp. You always want to buy the replacement lamp based on the manufacturer’s part number, which you can find out from our support team, just fire up online chat or give us a call and we can get the Part Number for you. The second thing you will want to do is to purchase it from an authorized re-seller (you can find a full list on our website) or from us directly. It is also a good idea to look at the prices of the lamps online and compare them. If it’s really cheap, then most likely it’s a knock off. Authorized lamp and housing prices range anywhere from 149-399 dollars per lamp, depending on which projector you have. Yes, it is a bit more expensive than some cheap knock-off but it’s better to be safe than sorry down the road.
A few thoughts regarding knock-off lamps: these lamps do not last very long, usually anywhere from a week to a few months, and almost always end their short life with a spectacular explosion inside of your machine. this is due to the fact that the electrical connections are not always tuned to the right voltage requirements, so the power supply does not supply adequate power or gives it too much power, and spikes in voltage like this are always bad and result in explosions. When this happens, it can cause all sorts of trouble for your projectors: the broken glass can get inside of the delicate components of the projector and cause damage, it can also cause burn damage to the light pipe/tunnel or the color wheel and you could end up with permanent damage to the projector as seen below:
Finally, you may have to make the choice of whether to buy a bare bulb or the lamp module, which the bulb, housing, and the electrical connections. Generally, for most cases, we recommend getting the whole module for ease of installation and less hassle. The replacement process takes maybe 5 minutes from start to finish, so you can save time instead for re-soldering power connectors from the bare bulb to the old housing. Plus, there is also a possibility that the power connectors went bad as well, along with the bulb, so replacing the bare bulb will be a waste of time. Better to just save yourself the headache and purchase the whole lamp assembly.
Below you can find pictures comparing BenQ lamps to knock offs: