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#1 of 11 Trauma1

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Posted February 21 2013 - 01:54 PM

Hello all and thanks for reading; I was given a very nice Optoma HD80projector when a friend upgraded. The projector worked very well until the bulb died. I replaced it with an bulb that is NOT an original bulb but in fact an after market. (it was about 300.00 cheaper). my picture has a tremendous amount of "hot spots" or too much contrast. Is it the cheapo bulb or does it sound like I need to replace the unit entirely. I have tooled with all the different settings and if it gets better its a dull washed out pic. Thanks in advanced. (yesterday incorrectly put hd20 - it's actually an HD80.

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Posted February 21 2013 - 02:25 PM

Never put a crap bulb in a projector.

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Posted February 21 2013 - 02:32 PM

Okay. Thanks for that Sam. by your response I suppose the bulb is my problem. Now, a new projector is about 300 more than an original bulb. Is it worth the extra money for a new unit or should I be ok? I ask that because I have no idea if there are other components that periodically go bad as a norm. thanks again in advance.

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Posted February 21 2013 - 02:54 PM

That is for you to determine. If you replace a <$700 projector everytime it needs a bulb, I guess you'd never have an obsolete projector.

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Posted February 21 2013 - 03:09 PM

Thank you.

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Posted February 22 2013 - 05:23 AM

Sorry your bulb is giving you problems. Unfortunately their are some cheapo bulbs being advertised out there. A good place for bulbs is VisualApex, Amazon, and of course Optoma. I would replace the bulb for now, and save your money for the next year or so then when the next bulb goes out, upgrade the projector. I usually do three bulbs then upgrade. I go through a bulb in about 12 to 18 months. By then your display is at least 4.5 years old and you are due for an upgrade.

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Posted February 22 2013 - 05:23 AM

Sorry your bulb is giving you problems. Unfortunately their are some cheapo bulbs being advertised out there. A good place for bulbs is VisualApex, Amazon, and of course Optoma. I would replace the bulb for now, and save your money for the next year or so then when the next bulb goes out, upgrade the projector. I usually do three bulbs then upgrade. I go through a bulb in about 12 to 18 months. By then your display is at least 4.5 years old and you are due for an upgrade.

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Posted February 22 2013 - 06:01 AM

Hello all and thanks for reading; I was given a very nice Optoma HD80projector when a friend upgraded. The projector worked very well until the bulb died. I replaced it with an bulb that is NOT an original bulb but in fact an after market. (it was about 300.00 cheaper). my picture has a tremendous amount of "hot spots" or too much contrast. Is it the cheapo bulb or does it sound like I need to replace the unit entirely. I have tooled with all the different settings and if it gets better its a dull washed out pic. Thanks in advanced. (yesterday incorrectly put hd20 - it's actually an HD80.

The HD80 u have is six years old u can get the newer model 4 about 1299.99!!! & it has 3D! New bulb is under $300.00. I have the HD 180 which is 2 years old. That was under $1.000.00. I say go with a newer model. My bulb is still going.:D
Former projectionist @ all downtown theatres in Balto. City.Which are all closed. frown.gif

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Posted February 22 2013 - 06:07 AM

Thank you ALL very much for the strong advice. I need to find a good vendor now. Looked at B&H and their lamp is 399.00!!! ouch!!

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Posted February 22 2013 - 06:18 AM

Have you tried contacting Pureland for a replacement? They get good reviews for customer service...but you are still buying a Chinese Knock-off bulb.

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Posted February 22 2013 - 09:20 AM

yes. they will only honor 30 days post purchase. I have learned my lesson. I won't buy seconds any more. A 400.00 light bulb stings! lol




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