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    Projector Bulbs - Newbie Question from Portugal

    Hi Folks

    I was wondering if you could help me out please. I am the new HOD ICT at my school and one of the things I am doing is reviewing what projectors we have and how long we can realistically expect them to last in order to write my development for the next 5 years. Here is a list and quantity of the projectors I have.

    Make Model
    EPSON EB-X6
    EPSON EMP-73
    EPSON EMP-S1
    EPSON EMP-S1H
    EPSON EMP-S3
    EPSON EMP-S4
    EPSON EMP-TW20
    EPSON EMP-X5 Quantity - 7
    SANYO PRO Xtrax Quantity - 10
    SONY VPL-ES4

    Plus a few newer ones that I do not need to worry about for now as I have spare bulbs for these.

    Please can someone tell me if there is a reputble dealer who would be able to supply me with a stock of bulbs AND be able to ship to Portugal. I need weigh this up with the cost of replacing some of the older ones with new ones.

    Many thanks, Tony.

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    I would suspect the S1, S1H and S3 are getting ready to change based on the ones we have, at 130 approx for a bulb don't think you would get your moneys worth with the price of projectors that come with a 3 year bulb warranty these days. Can't comment on the others as had no dealing with those models (well apart from the EB-X6 which I have one which is not that old so it should be OK).

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    Hi
    Thanks for that, fortunately I only have one or two each of those and those they are getting dim they are still usable. The biggest concerns are teh Sanyo Pro Xtrax as I have 10 of these and that is a lot to go wrong... Most are 2005/2006 installations... so I might choose to get some replacement bulbs for these and make some schoices about which ones get the highest use and therefore replace the units as appropriate..
    Thanks, Tony.

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    or replace them with casio's (bulbless)

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    do you have a ebay account as many of the bulbs you require are on there ? if not I am sure that misco (systemax) have a european division that can help you out

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    Given the age of some the projectors and the cost of new bulbs, I would seriously look at buying new projectors. Casio bulbless projectors have a 5 year guarantee, no filers to clean and no bulbs to change. They are cost-effective!

    You can use your existing projector mounts with the help of a drill and/or a piece a chipboard.

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    Quote Originally Posted by elsiegee40 View Post
    You can use your existing projector mounts with the help of a drill and/or a piece a chipboard.
    we didn't even need that, just some threaded rod and nuts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by oxide54 View Post
    or replace them with casio's (bulbless)
    wow! that sounds really good to me, will find out the price difference between casio vs epson

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    what are these casios? can anyone point at a link? how do they work? what life span do they have?
    Tony.

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    life span is around 20 years

    XJ-A140 - CASIO Projectors That is a link that tells you about them!

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    We have a few Epson EMP-S4's - we found that the quality of the image even from new is extremly poor(its only an SVGA projector)... unfourtunatly for us the bulbs last pretty well but we are replacing them as the bulbs go, the images they produce just aren't good enough for the classroom

    I'm planning to go the Casio route, the cost of the projector initially is about the same as a normal projector plus 1 bulb, I'm guessing the projector itself will fail before the bulb reaches 20,000 hours but even then the educational version comes with a 5 year warantee so your covered for a good amount of time anyway. I expect normal projectors to last us around 6 years and use 2-3 bulbs in the process. If the casio's last longer its a bonus

    edit: We're yet to evaluate the Casio unit's themselves, image brightness and noise in full brightness mode are possible issues but a few members here are already using them so I'd guess the brightness and noise is acceptable.
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    casio's are around x2 the price of epsons. warranty for 5 years for education. so no costs for 5 years.

    brightness is not a problem. they are brighter than epsons and more flexible in terms zooming they seem to have a better zoom range, and they even auto-keystone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by oxide54 View Post
    casio's are around x2 the price of epsons. warranty for 5 years for education. so no costs for 5 years.
    Be careful here - the bulb warranties provided by manufacturers have an 'upper limit' on hours used. ie. you don't get a constant stream of bulbs for 5 years when you request them. Much like the 'warranty for a lifetime' that Vauxhall offers on their cars - this is limited to 100,000 miles.

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    Quote Originally Posted by localzuk View Post
    Be careful here - the bulb warranties provided by manufacturers have an 'upper limit' on hours used. ie. you don't get a constant stream of bulbs for 5 years when you request them. Much like the 'warranty for a lifetime' that Vauxhall offers on their cars - this is limited to 100,000 miles.
    i'd be very surprised if I got sent any casio bulbs

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    Quote Originally Posted by localzuk View Post
    Be careful here - the bulb warranties provided by manufacturers have an 'upper limit' on hours used. ie. you don't get a constant stream of bulbs for 5 years when you request them. Much like the 'warranty for a lifetime' that Vauxhall offers on their cars - this is limited to 100,000 miles.
    The Casio Education warrantee that comes with the LED projectors is suprisingly good - 10k hours or 5 years(according to Misco). I'd consider either of those as a pretty good life for a projector.

    One thing to watch with other warrantee's is the bulb limit - Sony's educational bulb warantee normally only allows 1 bulb per projector apparently.

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