Well, it’s that time again; time to answer questions from FixYourDLP.com readers!
Here are some popular questions and answers:
Question: Why should I buy a new lamp with new housing versus an new lamp in a recycled housing?
Answer: That’s an easy answer. Look at our previous post about a new vs used lamp cage. Older cages get warped and become brittle. You don’t want to mess with that because it can cause damage to your television later on. Look for scratches and flexibility in your plastic enclosure. If it looks very worn, then you should find out if it’s been recycled or refurbished.
Question: What’s the difference between a new lamp unit and a recycled cage?
Answer: Newer lamp units are just easier. The lamp is seated properly and you don’t have to worry about compatibility, especially if you buy either original or Philips (usually one in the same). A recycled lamp enclosure can open a whole new can of worms.
Question: It doesn’t hurt my lamp or TV to buy a new lamp and put it in my old cage, does it?
Answer: Yes and No. After about 1 life cycle the lamp cage can be brittle or warped, causing lamps to focus the light in the wrong position and creating problems for your TV down the line. It’s a gamble, but reusing your old housing can be fatal to your TV in a worse-case scenario. So most likely if it’s YOUR old lamp enclosure, then no, it will probably not hurt your television. If you buy a lamp in a recycled cage though, BEWARE! Keep in mind, a lot of people don’t experience these issues with their own cages, but if you don’t want to go through the headache, spending a few bucks more will put your mind at ease!
Question: Wait a minute, you have all these guides about swapping out just the lamp! What gives?
Answer: We’re a community of do-it-yourselfers. When you do-it-yourself, you always take a risk, and we’re just here to help consumers get the right stuff, make informed decisions, and buy from reputable dealers like Discount-Merchant.com. So swapping out the lamp is easy, quick, and painless. Some people don’t want to take the extra 10-20 minutes and would rather just spend the extra $10 bucks. Just buy new enclosures that use post-consumer recycled plastic though. It’s better for the environment!