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How to know when your projector lamp is ready to be replaced

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Is your projector looking dimmer than it once was? It may be time to replace the projector lamp. This article outlines four ways to identify if your projector lamp needs replacement.

In many ways, a projector is like a car. When it is taken care of, it can function well for a long time, however, in order for it to function well, it needs the appropriate maintenance. Similar to doing an oil change on a car, a projector needs its lamp to be replaced when it approaches the end of its "useful hours." How can you tell if your projector lamp is nearing the end of its useful hours? There are a few ways!

1. The projector brightness is about half what it was when it was new or since the last lamp replacement.

If you are noticing that the picture quality and the brightness of your projector is decreasing a likely cause is that the lamp is going out and no-longer capable of functioning at full capacity.

2. Your projector is nearing the end of its "useful hours" in the menu settings.

On most projectors, there is a section within the menu displaying the "useful hours" of the projector lamp. The number that is indicated here represents the number of hours remaining on the project lamp before it should be replaced.

3. Your projector displays a notification to replace the lamp.

Some projectors will display notifications about the health of the projector lamp when turning them on. Keep an eye out for notifications suggesting a lamp replacement. The last thing you want is for a projector lamp to fail in the middle of an important event.

4. A yellow or red light is flashing on the projector.

Projectors often have a yellow or red light that flashes to signal that the projector lamp is nearing the end of it's "useful hours." Keep an eye on your projector and the light indicators to make sure you replace the lamp before it fails.

A word of caution:

All projector lamps are not created equal and many fake lamps exist that have a short life expectancy and can cause permanent damage. When replacing your projector lamp it is advisable to seek guidance from a specialist to make sure your projector receives the correct lamp that will last.

Looking for someone to talk to about replacing your projector lamp? Our technicians at Assured AudioVisual would be happy to assist you!

Call us at 714-535-1414


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