Market Overview/ Info
Making the correct choice?!
Ok, well where to start!
Essentially Projectors are supplied with a Projector lamp that is constructed of a lamp and a cage.
The cage would have been sourced in bulk and the Lamp purchased from a manufacturer such as Osram or Philips. The manufacturer would have then made the module from the 2 parts and labelled it as an Original Branded Lamp!
Certain distributors then offer a compatible unit such as a ProGen. This unit is a fully warrantied Cage and Lamp (Osram/ Philips) built to the same standard as the "Original" but considerably cheaper!
The third and most cost efficient is the bare lamp. This is simply a replacement lamp as fitted in the Original. If you have your original cage and can spare the time, you could save a huge amount of money and end up with essentially, the components of the "Original" and a fully functional warrantied lamp!
Its really quite simple but there are a few things to be aware of! Those who cannot supply compatibles and bare bulbs will try and muddy this way of changing lamps as they cannot make money out of supplying! They may even try and make out that these are in some way linked into copy lamps!! Its not the case!
Projector Manufacturers want you to buy their original as a replacement as they make a lot of money out of them (thats why lamps are almost the same cost as the projector!). They will state that if anything other than the Original is put into the machine, the warranty will be void! Its a good tactic although most projectors run out of warranty before the lamp expires so doesnt apply!!
Relamping is another grey area as some list Relamping as simply replaceing the bulb as per bare bulb replacement but others think that relamping is replacing the burner that sits inside the quartz globe of the lamp and remoulding the ceramics....we definitely would not recommend doing this. Replacing the bare bulb is simple and we only list those lamps that are easy to change over!
Please do ask if you have any further questions!