We won’t hide the fact that at Electronic House we’re big fans of projection-based home theaters and media rooms. Still, we know some people are hesitant to make that leap from a flat-panel TV to a big screen a projector. Digital Projection Inc is offering free replacement lamps for three years to make that decision a little easier.
That’s right, projectors require lamps (blubs, light things, whatever), and those lamps don’t last forever. The typical lamp life on a DLP projector is about 2,000 hours, and that will vary depending on the viewing mode and other conditions. Replacing that lamp can cost a few hundred dollars (or a lot more, depending on your projector), plus you’ll probably need to have the projector recalibrated after you replace the lamp.
Digital Projection is making this new peace-of-mind offer, called Lamp Freedom, for a limited time—between May 1, 2013 and June 30, 2013 for buyers of HIGHlite and Titan projectors. The offer is good for the second and third year of the projector’s three-year warranty, because presumably if you burn out a lamp in the first year there’s something else wrong or maybe you just need to spend more time outside.
How much will this actually apply to end-users? That depends on how much you use your projector. If it’s in a dedicated theater room and you only use the theater for special occasions or weekend movie nights, then you likely will won’t burn out a lamp before the warranty is over. If your projector is in a multipurpose or media room, and you use it more like a TV, then you probably will benefit from this program. I use my projector about 14 hours a week, which over three years puts the lamp hours just a little over 2,000. It’s perfectly plausible in a situation like that, especially if the projector is driven hard in a high-brightness mode, that the lamp will give out before the warranty.
To qualify, end-users simply purchase and take delivery of HIGHlite and TITAN 3-chip projectors by 6/31. This qualifies the end-user to order one set of replacement lamps, at no cost, in each of years 2 and 3.
To learn more about Digital Projection’s newest HIGHlite projectors go here. To check out a cool home theater based around a Titan projector, go here.
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Grant Clauser has been covering home electronics for more than 10 years with editorial roles in several consumer and trade magazines. He's done ISF-level damage to hundreds of reviewed products and has had training from THX, the Home Acoustics Alliance, Control4 and Sencore. He's also the author of the book The Trouble with Rivers
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