If you own a DLP television or projector, this site is a must.
Jan 13, 2008
If you own a Digital Light Projection (DLP) television or projector, sooner or later, you will need to replace the lamp (light bulb that produces the picture) as they all burn out at some point.
That is when you will also realize that maintaining a DLP television or projector can be an expensive proposition.
I learned this first hand 2 years ago when the lamp in my Mitsubishi television unexpectedly blew out.
I was then faced with having to buy a replacement light cartridge for $350. This was quite a sticker shock. I had paid about $2400 for the television and now I was looking at paying almost 1/7th of the cost of the set for a lamp. A lamp that would need to be replaced again in the future.
I searched on the Internet and found some alternatives to going back to an electronics store and paying big bucks for another lamp cartridge. The alternative I purchased my lamp from was DLP Lamp Source.
What is DLP Lamp Source?
DLP Lamp Source is an online store that carries a wide range of original manufacturer equipment lamps and sells them for significantly less by only selling the lamp and not the entire lamp cartridge. This easily can result in a 50% savings.
For example, if you bought your television or projector at a big name electronics store and you go back to them looking for a new lamp. What they will do is sell you a complete lamp cartridge. In my case, I went back to Tweeter, and Tweeter was going to sell me a Mitsubishi lamp cartridge for $350.
The lamp cartridge is basically a plastic (and cardboard) housing with a built in plug and a place to mount a lamp.
Essentially, you pop out your old cartridge (following your owners manual instructions) and put in your new cartridge and your TV is back to its original brilliant picture.
What many people may not realize is that you can easily remove the lamp from the lamp cartridge and replace just the lamp and also realize considerable savings (in my case I paid $169 instead of $350).
The lamp you purchase is shipped with detailed instructions on how to replace the lamp in the cartridge, a glove, and instructions on safely disposing of your old lamp.
DLP Lamp Source provides a 1 year warranty on television lamps and a 90 day warranty on projector lamps.
Shipping is also included in the price of the lamp (if shipped with UPS 2nd day air in the U.S. I have searched the Internet for price comparisons on lamps and did find some sites that were selling the lamp for less - only to find the shipping put them well over DLP Lamp Sources prices.
Also, in my two experiences, the lamp arrived very quickly and in excellent shape.
Locating the type of lamp you need is fairly easy. I would certainly recommend having your owners manual handy so you can have your actual television or projector model number available (or even the lamp model number).
The DLP Lamp Source site offers a list of television and projector manufacturers. You can click a manufacturer and see a list of lamps. You can then look at each lamp to see which lamp fits your television/projector. Alternatively, you can enter criteria into a Product Search bar to get a list of lamps. To use the search bar, just type in the model number of your television/projector (you may need to include hyphens if they exist in the model number). If you cannot find your lamp listed, give them a call.
Replacing the lamp in the cartridge
Replacing the lamp in the cartridge is incredibly easy. I was a little concerned at first about this as I was thinking I could just pay the $350 and be done with it, or I could take a chance on paying $169 and maybe it won't work.
I am very glad I decided to take the chance. DLP Lamp Source provides you with excellent instructions, plus you can contact them by phone or email if you have any questions.
Basically, you can replace the lamp with just a screw driver.
When replacing your lamp, avoid touching the new lamp (bulb portion) with your bare hand as skin oils can get on the bulb and reduce its life. This is where the provided glove comes in handy.
Literally, you can replace your bulb in your cartridge in 10 - 15 minutes (as DLP Lamp Source claims).
I would say, if you can replace a tail light in a car, you can easily replace the lamp in a DLP cartridge.
Also, don't be concerned if you need to pry up some cardboard piece of the cartridge to gain access to the bulb. I had to do this and it did not cause any issues.
I basically set the lamp on a clean towel, and extracted the old lamp from the cartridge by removing one screw. Carefully popped in the new lamp and screwed its wire down to the housing, and then I was done.
I think DLP Lamp Source is a great site for owners of DLP equipment. They have a knowledgeable staff, excellent selection of lamps, and ship orders very quickly.