5 Tips To Extend The Life Of Your Projector Lamp
All projector lamps have an estimated utility/operating time known as the lamp life. For most lamp lives, it is estimated that they can last as long as 1,500 to 2,000 hours. However, high-quality projector lamps boast of lasting up to 5,000 hours. On the contrary, most lamps do not achieve this milestone except for projectors exposed to ideal operating conditions. For projectors operating 2-3 hours a day in a relatively clean and dust-proof environment, the lamps can last throughout the expected time-frame.
Consequently, projectors that are situated in environmentally contaminated conditions have a decreased lamp life. Also, projectors that are used more often than not, experience the most lamp life failure. When purchasing a projector for home, office, or any particular use, most users buy the projectors that are most accessible at their local stores. They either purchase the least expensive projectors, or the projectors that are similar to the ones they saw in their high school classrooms.
It is, therefore, important to know that even as one purchases a projector, projector parts and their components for that matter, cheap qualities are always not built to last. For consumers whose projector uptime is crucial, cheap projector lamps from unknown sources cause a lot of power fluctuations and can damage the other components.
For the most part of it, purchasing a quality projector can be a huge investment for consumers. It gets frustrating when as soon as you purchase a projector, a few weeks pass and the image starts to get dimmer than its usual state. This often signifies that it’s time to replace the projector lamp. But why does one have to go through this when they can actually maintain a longer lifespan for their projector lamps?
Using the analogy of a smartphone device, one has to learn how to economize the battery life of their devices to get the most uptime life out of it. The same applies to projector lamps. Here are 5 crucial tips that will help consumers extend the life of their projector life;
1. Watch the Environment
Projector lamps operate better in a clean and relatively dust-free environment. Dust could be in form of chalk dust, environmental dust, dust from neighboring fields and construction sites, humid dust, dust from pollen, and many other circumstances bringing dust. Projectors cool themselves down by sucking in air, hence, the need to keep it in a clean area.
It is advisable to store projectors away from windows where dust can accumulate in no time. Dust accumulation inside can cause bigger problems and for that matter, consumers should only dust off or vacuum the projector as most of them mistakenly blow air into it. Blowing air inside the projector will move it into areas it’s not required which makes the situation worse.
2. Avoid Overheating
Projectors are highly sophisticated devices and sometimes can produce heat up to temperatures of 200-300 degrees while in operation. If not taken care of, an overheated projector distresses the projector lamp and eventually, it explodes. It is, therefore, important that one maintains a clear space around the projector so that one ensures airflow into the projector is not restricted.
Projectors require a steady supply of power and clean fresh air. An inconsistent supply of power leads to premature projector lamp failure and reduced bulb life. Without fresh supply of clean air, the projector overheats and shuts down in as little as a minute or two. To solve this, the air around the projector should always be kept clean from any clutter or items piled around. When installing the projector, always ensure that the mounting plates do not hinder the fan vent. The fans are specifically designed to cool the unit as temperature rises.
3. Avoid Overstriking On and Off
For any bulb, if you switch it on and off regularly, the filament starts to wear. The longer the projector lamp is left on, the more it deteriorates over time. If the projector is switched on and off a couple of times a day just to preserve the lamp life, it inherently ages quicker than expected. This is because whenever you turn the projector on, a power surge is created and this puts stress on the connectors.
It is recommended that users should only switch the projector as much as three times in a day. Leaving it idle also hastens the aging process. Ensure you switch it on 5 minutes before usage and immediately after you are done.
4. Use Eco-Mode
Modern projectors have the “eco mode” or “lamp economy mode” in the menu options for the lamp. This feature reduces the lamp’s brightness by 20% and increases lamp life up by 50%. Most projectors usually have default settings in their brightest picture, therefore, this should be done manually once the consumer purchases it. Reducing brightness prolongs the lamp’s life and in some instances, one does not even notice the reduced lumen output as most projectors are kept in dark rooms.
5. Avoid Harsh Climates
Projectors should not be exposed to harsh climates such as extremely cold weather in the wintertime. Leaving projectors stored somewhere, such as in the car, when it is 40 degrees or below tends to lead to an explosion of the projector lamp when it is turned on immediately. Users are advised to ensure the projectors are warmed up to room temperature to avoid any unnecessary explosions from happening.
In conclusion, projector owners are advised to always purchase authentic lamps. Local or generic lamps may seem like the best economic thing to do, but counterfeit lamps are more prone to explosions. Sometimes cheap is truly expensive!