Summer is officially over, now it’s time for bonfires, football, and scary movie nights. Is your projector ready for the new season? Now is a great time to make sure!
Checking up on your projector lamp regularly helps to ensure you can avoid any lamp failure issues when you really need it. It’s important to keep in mind that even if your lamp was lighting last time you used it, doesn’t necessarily mean your lamp is going to work next time. Projector lamps lose their brightness very slowly. In fact, it happens so slow that you will barely notice until It becomes too dark to see, or eventually fails.
Checking your lamp life regularly is one way of keeping your projector lamp up to date. You can do this on almost all projectors right through the menu.
Let’s look at the Optoma UHD60 projector as an example. It uses a SP.78V01GC01 projector lamp, which has a life span of 4,000 hours. So, if you checked your lamp hours in the menu and it’s over 3/4 of its lifespan, which would be 3,000 hours in this case, then it’s time to consider purchasing a replacement projector lamp.
In addition to checking your lamp hours, every so often you should also vacuum out the air vents, and physically check the lamp for any signs of overheating. If a lamp is being overheated, it will cause the silver metal to turn very coppery, or give off a burning smell.
If you find that your lamp needs to be replaced, or if you have any questions about maintaining your projector, we have you covered!