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    Projectors - new lamp or new projector?

    Due to funding restraints, our projectors aren't getting replaced on any kind of cycle so it's a case of deal with them as and when. We've pretty much used up our supply of spare bulbs so we're going to have to start spending money now.

    If we have projectors that are 6-7 years old (installed summer 04 and 05), is it better "value for money" to replace the lamp @ ~£130 or get a new one (better model, warranty etc) for £290 (Epson EB-X92)?

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    new model with better warranty in my opinion

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    I'd say with a projector that old, replace the unit not the lamp. At that age, they'll only become more and more unreliable, burning through lamps faster, discolouring, getting dimmer etc...

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    Cheaper and faster to just replace the bulb. New ones will look better and will probably be brighter but will take more time and money. I nearly always have to buy a new bracket (or at least reposition it) for new projectors. then you have to move the cables. Plus dispose old projector add new one to inventory, teachers need to be shown how to use the new remote. blah blah.

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    My projectors that age are getting so dim now, I'm replacing them. A new bulb makes no difference to the brightness.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chazzy2501 View Post
    Cheaper and faster to just replace the bulb. New ones will look better and will probably be brighter but will take more time and money. I nearly always have to buy a new bracket (or at least reposition it) for new projectors. then you have to move the cables. Plus dispose old projector add new one to inventory, teachers need to be shown how to use the new remote. blah blah.
    If you have universal mounts, and choose the model carefully (choosing one with the same focal length etc...) then you usually can get away with simply switching the mounting plate and the projector.

    We use the casio LED projectors now, and whilst I've not looked at the new range, the original ones had massive focal range so we just bought new mounting plates and they go straight on the existing poles and use the existing cables.

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    I have formally agreed with SMT here that we replace the projector instead of the bulb for any projector which is either 5+ years old, or the replacement bulb price is within £100 of a replacement projector (we have a few very uneconomical models).

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    We now have moved over to the NEC projectors, they get a 3 year warranty. If one goes wrong they send a new one out by courier next day and then you swap out and put the old one in the case and they pick it up the day after! 6 month bulb warranty too.

    I do like the smart dlp projectors lots, no fans = no dusty filters to clean! Looking forward to cheaper LED projectors and 15000 hour lamp lifes

    edit: We also changed all the brackets to ones that look like spiders, they'll hold pretty much any projector. Well worth it.

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    We've just undertaken a small program of pre-empting the replacement of the oldest projectors, though they still work. The lamps do seem to get very expensive as the availability drops. The response has been very positive - many were in bright rooms and were hard to see, but even new budget models are far superior in clarity and brightness, with higher res too. Luckily I have never touched model specific projector mounts, so they're all universal here save for a few hard mounted Unicols which can be grafted together with universal mounts.
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    Considering replacement bulbs only have a 3 month warranty, I'd go with what's already been said and go with new.

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    Thanks for the responses - seems quite overwhelming that a new proj is the way forward. We've never really had any major issues in the past when swapping out an Epson for an Epson which is what we tend to do (don't think Casio ones are in the budget).

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    speak with @CPLTD about it, might get a good deal.

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    Epson are doing a extended 5 year warranty - on selected models - fax serial number and invoice to them.
    Free 5 year on-site education projector warranty

    However quite sure it does not include the lamp although not read the fine print myself.

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    It DOES include the lamp and if your installer is local he will keep a replacement on site for you, if not let me know and i will arrange it for you.

    And to the person above recomending Smart DLP,...!"£$%^& are you sure?

    Marc
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    Quote Originally Posted by mole View Post
    Epson are doing a extended 5 year warranty - on selected models - fax serial number and invoice to them.
    Free 5 year on-site education projector warranty

    However quite sure it does not include the lamp although not read the fine print myself.
    That sounds awesome, thanks.

    Quote Originally Posted by Marc-Engineer View Post
    It DOES include the lamp and if your installer is local he will keep a replacement on site for you, if not let me know and i will arrange it for you.

    And to the person above recomending Smart DLP,...!"£$%^& are you sure?

    Marc
    Projector Engineer
    So far so good dude, what's wrong with them in your experience?



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