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Rca hd61thw263 61 in. dlp

Seems a lightning strike took out my bulb eventhough i have a surge protector. after replacing the bulb perhaps 1 hour later a shadow began to appear at the top of the screen and progressed slowly down until only the edges are visible. please can you help?

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Re: rca hd61thw263 61 in. dlp

Seems a lightning strike took out my bulb
eventhough i have a surge protector.
after replacing the bulb perhaps 1 hour later a shadow began to appear at the top of the screen and progressed slowly down until only the edges are visible.
please can you help?

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