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Worth it?

Meetloaf13
01-07-2011, 02:29 PM
Hello,

Just had the lamp go out on my Samsung DLP hlp5674 (lamp light is flashing).

The lamp had over 10,000 hours on it.

I recently saved it from this scare (sry, can't post links yet).


I don't think the lamp going out shortly after is related, I mean, from what I understand 10,000 on a lamp is quite notable.

My question is this. I'm low on budget, so buying a new TV right now is out of the question (which is unfortunate w/the superbowl coming up, and the potential for some sweet deals). Is it worth it to buy a lamp for this, considering that other pieces may start failing? I've found some lamps with housings for under $80, so it's not that expensive, just wanted to get some opinions on whether to start putting money into this TV, and your feelings on how much longer things like the DMD board & color wheel will last.

Thanks for any and all suggestions you have!

Meetloaf13
01-07-2011, 02:33 PM
Here's the link to "the scare" I mentioned above:

www.highdefforum.com/rear-projection-tvs/123643-samsung-dlp-hlp5674-screen-permanently-damaged-maintenance.html

ImRizzo
01-07-2011, 02:47 PM
Hello,

Just had the lamp go out on my Samsung DLP hlp5674 (lamp light is flashing).

The lamp had over 10,000 hours on it.

I recently saved it from this scare (sry, can't post links yet).


I don't think the lamp going out shortly after is related, I mean, from what I understand 10,000 on a lamp is quite notable.

My question is this. I'm low on budget, so buying a new TV right now is out of the question (which is unfortunate w/the superbowl coming up, and the potential for some sweet deals). Is it worth it to buy a lamp for this, considering that other pieces may start failing? I've found some lamps with housings for under $80, so it's not that expensive, just wanted to get some opinions on whether to start putting money into this TV, and your feelings on how much longer things like the DMD board & color wheel will last.

Thanks for any and all suggestions you have!

Weighing the cost differences ie $80 bulb and an hours worth of my labor or, a new 50' plasma panel 1200 +tx+shpg hmmm? with a budget problem it ain't rocket science ........ put a bulb in and hopefully get the year out of it, who knows what will be available then, and at what price AND maybe your budget will look better by then too!

Meetloaf13
01-07-2011, 02:51 PM
Weighing the cost differences ie $80 bulb and an hours worth of my labor or, a new 50' plasma panel 1200 +tx+shpg hmmm? with a budget problem it ain't rocket science ........ put a bulb in and hopefully get the year out of it, who knows what will be available then, and at what price AND maybe your budget will look better by then too!

Well, wasn't sure if a TV that old will typically have components hanging by a thread. Could start out as an $80 bulb, and then a $100 this or that.

Thanks for your input. =]

P.S. Any suggestions on a good place to buy a bulb?

ImRizzo
01-07-2011, 02:59 PM
Well, wasn't sure if a TV that old will typically have components hanging by a thread. Could start out as an $80 bulb, and then a $100 this or that.

Thanks for your input. =]

P.S. Any suggestions on a good place to buy a bulb?

Very true but an $80 bulb is a way to find out ...if it works your good to go for a while but, if you've been experiencing other little tell tale nuances ( flicker/ darkening/ etc) It may be the beginning of a money pit. But for $80 sounds like a cheap way to find out.

Meetloaf13
01-07-2011, 03:04 PM
Very true but an $80 bulb is a way to find out ...if it works your good to go for a while but, if you've been experiencing other little tell tale nuances ( flicker/ darkening/ etc) It may be the beginning of a money pit. But for $80 sounds like a cheap way to find out.

The picture was definitely starting to darken in general, on occasion it would more noticeable than at other time...but I figured that was related to my lamp kicking the bucket.

I do hear what sounds like a fan when the TV is running, but perhaps that is the color wheel? Not a chirping sound like I've read, but more like nasally whirring sound.

I did try and blow all the dust out of the unit and off the boards when I took the unit apart to dry out the water b/t the two layers of screen., but there wasn't much there.

Other than that though, I have not noticed any other problems. But from what you insinuated, screen darkening may be related to something else?

ImRizzo
01-07-2011, 03:12 PM
The picture was definitely starting to darken in general, on occasion it would more noticeable than at other time...but I figured that was related to my lamp kicking the bucket.

I do hear what sounds like a fan when the TV is running, but perhaps that is the color wheel? Not a chirping sound like I've read, but more like nasally whirring sound.

I did try and blow all the dust out of the unit and off the boards when I took the unit apart to dry out the water b/t the two layers of screen., but there wasn't much there.

Other than that though, I have not noticed any other problems. But from what you insinuated, screen darkening may be related to something else?

How old is this TV ?

Meetloaf13
01-07-2011, 03:24 PM
How old is this TV ?

My father purchased it the summer of 2004. Sat in the same spot for 5.5 years, then it became my house warming gift when he upgraded to 1080p last year =]

And it went very well, next to his Martin Logan's =] (hah, no, those weren't part of the housewarming gift...still at papa's house ;) )

ImRizzo
01-07-2011, 04:18 PM
My father purchased it the summer of 2004. Sat in the same spot for 5.5 years, then it became my house warming gift when he upgraded to 1080p last year =]

And it went very well, next to his Martin Logan's =] (hah, no, those weren't part of the housewarming gift...still at papa's house ;) )

It's got some mileage on it so I could understand your hesitance to invest in it but, also this is an excellent time to find some sweet deals out there for quality sets. ??? tough decision huh?

Meetloaf13
01-07-2011, 04:23 PM
It's got some mileage on it so I could understand your hesitance to invest in it but, also this is an excellent time to find some sweet deals out there for quality sets. ??? tough decision huh?

Indeed, had a very unexpected, work-related move, and now I owe Uncle Sam $8,000 for moving too early, so a new set is not an option....maybe next Black Friday =]

I think I'll swing for a new lamp and cross my fingers. Do you have a preferred dealer?

And thanks for your help today, A+

ImRizzo
01-07-2011, 05:19 PM
Indeed, had a very unexpected, work-related move, and now I owe Uncle Sam $8,000 for moving too early, so a new set is not an option....maybe next Black Friday =]

I think I'll swing for a new lamp and cross my fingers. Do you have a preferred dealer?

And thanks for your help today, A+

No one in particular google a few sellers look for a Oscram or Philips bulbs there are several online dealers. or ebay?

Meetloaf13
01-09-2011, 12:37 PM
No one in particular google a few sellers look for a Oscram or Philips bulbs there are several online dealers. or ebay?

Is it worth the premium to buy a bulb w/housing? I'm pretty handy, so not afraid of dissembling/assembling.

Just wanted to make sure there wasn't anything crazy or a special tool that is needed to replace with just a lamp.

ImRizzo
01-09-2011, 01:10 PM
Most bulb replacements are quite simply with a minimal tool requirement

Meetloaf13
01-09-2011, 01:22 PM
Most bulb replacements are quite simply with a minimal tool requirement

Awesome, thanks again for your help Rizzo!