Did you have any luck getting Hitachi to replace your light engine? Hitachi told me that I was SOL and that they could not and would not offer any assistance in obtaining a Light Engine. Hitachi customer relations told me that only a small number of owners have had this problem and that it is considered "Normal" for failures of this type
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I have hitachi lcd rear projection tv model 60v500A at first I was getting a red spot on centar of tv with in two mounths the spot got bigger. I chanched the lamp but now i don't have a picture, the red indicator on tv is now blinking.
Good Luck with this. We have complained about a darkening screen we were told to replace the lamp. We did so for $100. After the problem was only getting worse, they said it was because I did not purchase a "Hitachi" bulb. They stated they knew their's were more expensive ($300) but should solve the problem. Well, we didn't bite. It became clear that we no longer could see blues, pinks, yellow, and most browns. A call back to customer service stating these problems ended with us learning we needed to replace a color engine to the tune of $850-$1200. We have only had the tv for about 4 years. Needless to say we bought a new Samsung Plasma for a little more than the replacement part. Hitachi products, never again.
If you Google "60v500a light engine" you will learn a few things about this set which was first sold in 2003.
There are some class action lawsuits out there for several Hitachi models made at about the same time.
Most of the time these sets develop a discolored area fairly large in the middle of the screen---a lot of them had a large red or pink oval area but other colors are possible.
This set uses a LAMP for the light source and it directs the light into the optical light engine--at the top of the engine is a 3 inch lens that the picture comes out of and is directed into the mirror which puts it on the screen.
Lots of these sets develop a "burn" inside the engine from the heat--there are a series of lens and baffles inside---even slight separation inside will change the color in some area of the picture.
I am sorry to give you bad news but I have replaced a lot of these engines under extended and when they were new mfg. warranty.
The part is no longer available from Hitachi new--the only way to get one is to remove the one in the set and have it sent out for "rebuild" and the last time I saw one the engine was over 600 dollars at the wholesale level not counting the fact that it is major labor to replace.
Find someone in your area familiar with Hitachi and this model and you will see what I am talking about.
Even though this is not good news, I think it is what your problem is.
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If this is a DLP, then it could be the light engine. Hitachi has had a big problem with their light engines. You might try to contact coustomer seervice and tell them the symtoms. They sometime have been replacing the light engine for free,but.... you have to pay for the service call. How do I know that..... They replaced mine (50V715) and it cost me $300 for the service call. They will not let you replace it. You have to have an authorized dealer service it.Good Luck! I hope this is helpful.
I have been told by a local repair person that Hitachi might replace the light engine at no cost because it is such a big issue... has anyone hear about this... I am going to contact them directly also.
HI DAVID THE NAME OF PART THAT NEEDS TO BE REPLACED IS ENGINE YOU CAN ORDER THIS ONLINE AND REPLACE YOURSELF FOLOWING EASY INSTRUCTIONS OR .CALL AT TV TECHNICIAN TO DO THE JOB FOR YOU
THE PART COST ITS AROUND $400.00 REFURBISHED
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