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DLP Lamps

unkster
01-20-2006, 06:33 PM
All the talk about having a "spare" DLP lamp has finally prompted me into purchasing a spare lamp for my RCA HD50LPW42. Although I have a extended warranty, I know that a service call and a two week wait for a lamp, and then another service call is not the way I want to go. When the original lamp craps out I will have a spare to replace until the warranty lamp arrives. I have appx. 2500 hrs on the lamp, but with all the horror stories about lamp failures, I had to bite the bullet. Superbowl and NASCAR is just around the corner. The good news is $409 for a lamp, from a dealer in Florida, compared to $600 plus from RCA with a $200 core charge. I still say "False Advertising" as far as what the manfactureres state for lamp life. Any thoughts on this?

phugoid
01-20-2006, 07:13 PM
good idea! i bought a samsung hlp5085 this past summer (05), it was a floor model, hence a $1000 discount. a few months later the lamp started conking out! good thing i bought the 4 year service plan w it too, cuz that covered the new lamp and installation. luckily the TV gave me a "warning" the lamp was dying, obviously from who knows how many hundreds of hours of being left ON, on the display floor! anywaz, i will buy a spare one sometime in the future just in case. (aprrox $240)

hson
01-20-2006, 09:56 PM
Most manufacturer's claims are based on tests that are conducted in ideal environments, ideal scenarios, etc. As we all know, that does not exist in our living rooms.

daleb
01-21-2006, 12:11 PM
Most manufacturer's claims are based on tests that are conducted in ideal environments, ideal scenarios, etc. As we all know, that does not exist in our living rooms.

And an 'ideal lamp'. :)

jojojojo57
01-21-2006, 12:50 PM
I took daleb`s advice from another post and bought a spare.I bought mine from Sony style for 199+tax, Vanns however is 199 delivered no tax ,both ship free, I found this after i already purchased from Sony , Vanns is highly rated from reseller ratings too.

daleb
01-21-2006, 01:45 PM
Thanks for the tip, jojo.... !

mrconos
01-21-2006, 11:22 PM
what's the deal with ordering DLP bulbs under the warranty? I am still under mfg warranty, plus I have a 4 year extension after the mfg. Could I preemptively order a bulb to have one on hand for when it does go out? or do they usually send someone out to look at the TV....

Thanks

c

unkster
01-22-2006, 07:26 AM
I had a flashing panel light when my set was 4 months old. The RCA service guy said it was a indication the lamp was failing. I had to wait almost two weeks for an appointment, and another two weeks for the lamp to arrive. Luckily the lamp never failed during the wait, or I would have had a $2300 ornament for a month. The set is now 1 1/2 yrs old. I also have the 4 yr warranty, and when the original lamp goes I will have a back-up, until it gets replaced under warranty, and when the 4 yr runs out I will still have a spare lamp.. As you have probably read on the posts, It seems these lamps are hit and miss as far as lifespan goes. I hated to spend the money for a spare, but I didn't but this set to look at blank screen. To answer your question, No they would not send me a lamp, I had to have a service call from a "authorized" RCA dealer

kdog044
01-22-2006, 09:50 AM
what's the deal with ordering DLP bulbs under the warranty? I am still under mfg warranty, plus I have a 4 year extension after the mfg. Could I preemptively order a bulb to have one on hand for when it does go out? or do they usually send someone out to look at the TV....

Thanks

cToshiba just sent me a lamp when mine failed but it took two weeks to get it so I bought one from an authorized service center and use the warranty replacement as a spare. If it fails again under warranty I will use the spare and use the replacement as the new spare.