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PT50LC14 Lamp

03-25-2005, 10:07 AM
I've been looking at the Panasonic LCD and have a read a few customer reviews saying that the lamp is buring out very quickly for them. A few said they needed to replace the lamp one or more times in the first year at a cost of $300 a pop. One guy said he had to repalce the lamp ballast at a cost of $1000. I'd like to get a nice TV, but don't want have to spend several hundred dollars a year in maintenance costs. Is the experience these reviewers related typical for LCD TV's in general or the panasonic specifically?

thx for your replies

03-25-2005, 04:57 PM
Typical life for these bulbs is about 8000 hours... bulb costs $200 - 250. Make sure to only turn off these sets with the TV's (or remote's) power button... don't use a powerstrip to turn it on/off because it won't allow the set to run the fan for a cool down cycle & majorly shorten bulb life. This is common across many RPTVs.