Early bulb burnout? Help....

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  1. Steve Noll

    Steve Noll Auditioning

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    I have a Panasonic L500 projector that I bought 6 months ago. I have 450 hours of bulb use. Last week the picture has become noticeable darker. Outside footage (like sports) looks like twilight and indoor scenes are almost unwatchable.

    Do I just have a bad bulb? Last week, everything looked great. I've checked the lens, connections and the screen. All were fine.

    So do I just have to drop the $350 and get a new bulb?

    Steve
     
  2. ChadLB

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    Sounds like the bulb to me. That is the risk we take with buy front projectors(Bulb life).
    Did you try and tweak it again(the picture that is) to see if you can get any life out of it with avia or one of those disks?
     
  3. Steve Noll

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    I did tweak it. I even set brightness and contrast to their highest settings and it gave me a washed out, let dark, picture. I also switched from DVI to component, but it was the same.

    Bummer.
     
  4. Steve Noll

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    I should also add that I've emailed and called Panasonic to no avail. Not even a message to say they've received my calls. Very disapointing considering I've always been a fan of Panasonic.

    Steve
     
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    Lamp.

    Call your dealer; they may be able to help you a little more... responsively than Panasonic Corporate.

    I don't know, was the L500 sold under the PanaZIP program?

    Now, at least with most business/industrial projectors, lamps have a 'lifetime warrantee' - which means if it dies at 50% rated life, they'll often apply, say, 40% to the replacement lamp cost.

    Leo Kerr
     

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