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Blub out again

From the information I have found on the Internet, it would appear that Optoma's claim that the bulbs have a lifetime of 2000 hours is simply not true. My first bulb burned out about 2 weeks after the 90 day warranty was out (bye bye $300). So, now right at the 2 year mark, the *&^% bulb has burned out AGAIN.

I only have it on a few hours a month, so I have not gotten anywhere near 2000 hours in either bulb. BEWARE: Any money you save buying Optoma they will get back thru bulbs.

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  • CarricD Apr 02, 2008

    I can't believe I misspelled "bulb"... =(

    Anyways, NO I did not run the bulb for 12 hrs straight, but I know we had company over several times and their teenage son forgot to turn off the proj a couple of times after playing XBox, so I know it was run for more than 12 hrs a few times.

    During my research, I came across esimates for bulb life (sorry I don't have the URL), and it said you could "expect shorter life if you use your projector as a TV replacement, but if you just watched movies on it (which is me; I might go 3 months without even turning my projector ON) it should last an estimated 4.2 years". They ALSO stated that the 2000 hour rating means the bulb will be about 50% of its original brightness after 2000 hours of operation, NOT failure (after MAYBE 1000 hours). My H30 sounds like it tries to start a few times, then the "Bulb" light starts blinking.

    I was bitter and angry when wrote my comments, and must have been blinded by rage to have misspelled "bulb" (for pity's sake), but now I'm just left wity my bitterness. I read a few reviews that stated Optoma bulbs didn't last as long as claimed (big fat liars), and I'm still in the throws of an internal debate over whether I risk another $300, or just sell the projector, and buy one that won't need a new bulb every 6 weeks (slight exageration, but I'm mroe than alittle irritated - maybe I'm not just left with the bitterness). A friend of mine has a project that he uses as a TV (an Epson, I think), and has been using for 4 or 5 years without a hitch.

    If it had been ONCE I could have written it off to a bad buld, but twice in less than 2 yrs? No...

    I bought this UNIT from HSN,so I DO NOT take it in for service every 3 months (thats the first I have heard of this, and it sounds utterly unreasonable), and if the ballast has gone bad, does that not STILL mean I'm out $300 for a new bulb?

    I could see ONE bulb being bad (the first one I got was OBVIOUSLY defective), but wit this one burning out in less than 2 years with occasional use, I mean really, c'mon... And they are FAILING, not just getting dim. The day before this failure, my kids had watched a movie, then asked to watch again, and "no worky". I would really RATHER just buy a new projector (than spend the equivalent purchasing bulbs from Optoma), but we are moving so I don't know if I'll have a place to put it.

    Caveat emptor... Maybe they should be called "blubs" of they fail the way mine have.. maybe I'm just unlucky. >.>

  • jzasuly Jul 11, 2008

    I have the h30 also; came with the house. When the 2000 hour warning came on, I bought a new bulb but didn't put it in. The old bulb lasted another year (about 3 total) before it blew. BUT, when I changed bulbs the bulb light came on again and it won't play. Since it only has 800 lumens I may shitcan the whole thing. Want to buy my bulb???



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Hi there

Keep in mind that this is only a estimate - not true hours at all.

Does your Projector go in for a service every 3 months ?

If I were you I would take back the Projector to the dealer you purchased it from and ask them to test your Ballast ( lamp's powersupply)

Did they tell you to run in your new lamp for 12 hours straight ?

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