Advice on projector mounted in a smoke box
When our food tech room was refurbed in Summer 06, they installed a Mitsubishi SL6U projector mounted in a CEP3 smoke box (basically just a sealed enclosure with front and rear fans for ventilation) - we weren't consulted with this so couldn't check alternatives.
It's been gradually getting worse over the years like most other projectors around school, nearly all of which we are replacing with EB-X11s. The issue with this Mitsubishi is that the smoke box seems to only fit this type of projector that we're aware of, and we don't fancy spending the money on a new lamp for a projector which is already 7 years old, has native low resolution, low lamp brightness and much lower lamp life than modern projectors.
We either need to look at sourcing a Mitsubishi projector that is newer but also compatible (likely not possible as we fear this is the only model compatible with this enclosure), or figure out a way we can use an Epson in this type of setting; Epson have confirmed to us they don't supply anything like this though that doesn't mean to say there aren't compatible smoke boxes which could serve a similar purpose.
Anyone been in a similar situation or could advise how best we go forward with this?