Projector lamps are most important to your projector. Prolong their life with these tips.
1. Handle the Projector Lamp with gloves. Oils and deposits from hands and fingers can cause hot spots on face of the Projector Lamp, which may result in premature Lamp failure. Gloves also insure against any smudges that could get on the glass lenses or the projector or the lamp itself.
2. Operate your projector in a clean, cool, and well ventilated area. A dust free environment would be ideal. It may be advantageous to look into a ventilation system or air filtration system in the area that the projector will be operating in.
3. Keep the projector air filters and air vents clean. Clogged filters/vents will not remove heat effectively. This can cause the projector to overheat with an early lamp failure. During routine maintenance it is recommended to vacuum any loose debris and dust from the projector. You can also get a can of sealed air to blast out any small particles and dust from the air vents and filter.
4. Do not place anything on top of the projector or in front of the intake or exhaust vents. This will cause the projector lamp to overheat and fail. Refer to your manual for safe placement of the projector and the accessories. The vents should be operating in an unrestricted environment that has strong air circulation.
5. If the projector is built into a compartment, wall, ceiling, or shelf mount, the minimum distance requirement is usually at least 2 feet. This allows enough space to dissipate any heat that will build up. Refer to your owner’s manual for specific recommendations.
6. When you replace the projector lamp make sure the new housing is seated completely and securely. Pureland Supply continually gets phone calls and inquiries from customers that think they have a defective lamp when in actuality they simply didn’t push the lamp in far enough. Pay attention to the old lamp. Re-install and remove the old lamp a few times to get familiar with the how it fit into your projector. When you install the new lamp you can seat it firmly but without too much pressure. Use the screws to tighten the lamp into its final position.
7. Hot Projector Lamps are fragile. Do not move or shake the projector until the Projector Lamp has completely cooled. Shock and vibration applied to hot projector lamps may cause the lamp to break or shorten its effective lifespan. It is recommended that after operation you let the lamp cool at least an hour before handling the projector or lamp.
8. Do not unplug the projector until the Lamp has properly cooled. After the projector has been shut off, the fan will remain on for a period. This is required for proper cooling of the lamp. If the lamp is not cooled properly it will cause the life of the lamp to be shortened drastically. This is a critical point where many people unplug their projector during use in order to turn it off. By doing this the lamp is extremely hot and has no air circulation resulting in damage or shortened life of the lamp.
9. Do not turn the projector on and off frequently during presentations. Each time the projector is switched on, the inrush of power causes stress on the Projector Lamp as does the thermal cycles (heating cooling). Try to minimize your on/ off cycles by not frequently turning on and off. If you are not using the unit for less than 30minutes, use a screen saver or video mute option that some models offer.
10. Wait until the fans stop running before attempting to turn a projector back on after use. Forcing the Projector Lamp to start before it is adequately cool will cause a thermal and electrical shock to the bulb causing the life to be shortened.
It is recommended that you have your projector serviced and maintained approximately every 2 years.
Preferably have the projector cleaned for dust buildup seasonally.
Insist on high quality projector lamps with the original manufacturer’s bulb inside (Made by Philips, Ushio, Phoenix, or Osram). All lamps are available for sale at PurelandSupply
Call or Visit Pureland Supply at 1-800-664-6671 to get additional information on any type of Projector Lamp.
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2 thoughts on “10 Tips to Prolong Lamp Life from Pureland Supply”
I was hoping this list would mention something about running High Altitude Mode. I have heard that ceiling mounted projectors can run into cooling problems in rooms with poor air flow.
Hi Brent, Using high altitude mode to make up for lack of cooling is not the best way to solve the issue. You should not need airflow in a room to cool a projector. The projector itself should be able to move enough air without needing supplemental cooling. Of course there are situations where a less then optimal install may require more cooing(hush boxes for instance) but merely using high altitude more only makes the fans run harder and higher. Many projectors do not have a high altitude mode. In my experience I see that people do this when their projector is dirty to make up for the dirt blocking the air flow. Of course there are exceptions to that but my and large that seems to be more common of a solution once the projector is dirty inside. A properly installed projector at or near sea level should not need to be in high altitude mode. I didn’t mention it because its not a normal method of ensuring lamp life(unless you are far above sea level of course or have a special situation). Thank you for mentioning it though. I’m sure there are folks who are not aware that it’s an option. -Frank