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The Quick Guide to Buying Projector Lamps
By: Jennifer Brown

A challenge for every maintenance technician is buying and replacing projector lamps for the various rear-projection projector units that create those big, dynamic displays in your church. A projector lamp is just a small part in church maintenance and management, but hours can be spent trying to understand the differences between brands and qualities of lamps to ensure you are getting the best lamp for the best price.

There are so many options available at varying prices, and the best way to determine what you are getting is by learning the language used by the industry to describe the types of lamps they offer.

Here is a guide to help you quickly understand the key industry terms of rear-projection lamps that you will come across as you are shopping:

Industry Term What It Is Price Pro/Con
OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) These lamps are issued specifically for the manufacturer of your projector, and these lamps come ‘branded’ with the manufacturer’s name on the lamp. This means both the bulb and the housing are original. $$$ - most expensive, as most ‘brand name’ items are PRO: Buying an OEM is the easiest way to ensure you are getting the best quality lamp

CON: much more expensive, typically twice as much as an original replacement
Original Replacement These lamps are built or sold by companies independent of the manufacturer of your projector. They have an original bulb (the same bulb that goes into the OEM lamp). The housing is usually not original, but is built to the same specifications of the original. $$ - an original bulb means the same image quality and lamp life PRO: Buying an original replacement offers an OEM bulb quality lamp, but not at the ‘name brand’ price

CON: quality and warranties will vary from company to company
OEM Compatible or Compatible These lamps are also built by companies independent of the manufacturer of your projector. They do not have an OEM bulb or housing, but use other brands (or generic) bulbs. The housing is also not original. $ - this is the cheapest option, but unpredictable generic bulbs can cause projector damage PRO: much cheaper and easy to find online

CON: high failure rate and low picture quality are a common complaint from buyers

The most important thing to keep in mind is that the quality of the bulb in your lamp is going to dictate the quality of the picture you get out of your projector unit. Be wary of companies that are offering extremely low prices for OEM or original replacement lamps. Never hesitate to ask a vendor what the brand of the bulb is in the lamp they are selling.

Osram, Philips, Ushio, and Phoenix are great examples of high-quality, original bulb brands that you can trust. These are the brands you will find in OEM and original replacement lamps, and the difference in quality and length of life compared to generics tends to make them the less expensive, more reliable option in the long run.

Jennifer Brown is a sales representative of ProjectorLamps.com, an online retailer for original replacements for rear-projection lamps and bulbs.

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