Key Information For European Shoppers That Are Buying Replacement Beamer Lamp Modules On The Internet
Projector Lamp Experts Europe has been a recommended supplier of replacement projector lamp modules for LCD and DLP projectors for many years. From this experience we know that European consumers often have questions about replacement beamer lamps that are sold online or in regular retail stores. Since there are a large number of European web stores that sell or distribute an even larger number of replacement beamer lamp modules, it can sometimes be confusing for European lamp shoppers in terms of determining what products are being offered. From the questions Projector Lamp Experts Europe has answered over the years, we have compiled this lamp customer buying advice section which we hope will be of use to our past and future beamer lamp customers. This lamp advice should help you to determine whether projector lamps are genuine original manufacturer lamps or compatible projector lamps, and will also give you more information about bare projector lamp bulbs and their associated risks.
The following bullet points are the main things you should be aware of when buying a new replacement projector lamp for your DLP or LCD projector:
- Make sure that you find out if the beamer lamp you are buying is an original manufacturer beamer lamp with plastic lamp housing included
- Be careful to check that that you are not buying a bare bulb projector lamp which does not have a plastic lamp cage included
- Proper projector lamp warranties are very important so make sure that the beamer lamp you are thinking of buying comes with one
- When you receive your beamer lamp, check the box it is in for markings from the original manufacturer of the projector
- Try to check the actual beamer lamp bulb inside your projector lamp for a projector bulb manufacturer marking or stamp
- For more advice or further information on anything to do with beamer lamps or projector lamps, please do not hesitate to give Projector Lamp Experts Europe a call
Although the projector lamp buyer information contained in the sections below covers many of the issues that people shopping for replacement projector lamps in Europe may experience, if you should require any additional buying advice or information about replacement beamer projector lamps that is not covered, please do not hesitate to give Projector Lamp Experts Europe a call at 0845 508 4482. It is always good to ask questions about the projector lamp products you are thinking of purchasing to make sure you know what type of projector lamp you are buying. A lamps customer service representative at Projector Lamp Experts Europe will be happy to assist you with any beamer lamp inquires you may have.
Make sure that you find out if the beamer lamp you are buying is an original manufacturer beamer lamp with plastic lamp housing included
When shopping on the internet for replacement projector lamps in Europe, you may visit certain websites or online lamp stores that do not provide conclusive information about the type of projector lamp products that they are offering. For example, it may be difficult to tell whether or not the beamer projector lamp advertised actually comes with the lamp housing included. This lamp housing is the part of the projector lamp module that makes replacing it in your projector so easy. If the projector lamp retailer you are looking at does not tell you if the projector lamps they sell come with lamp housing or lamp cages, it is best to call them and ask or send them an email before you actually buy the projector lamp in question, rather than waste time later on when you have to return the projector bulb because it was shipped to you as a bare bulb, without a proper lamp housing. Usually projector lamp retailers can be contacted by browsing to the about us or contact us sections of their website.
It is important to watch out for misleading wording on projector lamp retailing websites, and remember to be cautious if the projector lamp reseller you are speaking with does not answer your questions about their products fully. If they say "this projector lamp is made to work with your Toshiba projector" this could actually mean something very different to "this lamp is manufactured by Toshiba for your projector."
The goal of Projector Lamp Experts Europe is to give European projector lamp shoppers as many details about the products they are buying and as much information about projector lamps in general as possible. This way, European consumers are better prepared to purchase their replacement beamer projector lamps on the internet and are less likely to encounter any problems or difficulties with false or misleading advertising of projector lamp products. Projector Lamp Experts Europe does not seek to speak out against or discourage European lamp shoppers from wanting to purchase more cost effective lamps for their DLP or LCD projectors, and in fact provides an Original Alternative projector lamp for all projector models that have these types of replacement lamps available. You can find these Original Alternative lamp replacement options (where they are available) on the same web page as the manufacturer original lamp for your projector in section below the one for the original lamp.
When you receive your beamer lamp, check the box it is in for markings from the original manufacturer of the projector
Probably the main concern for those LCD or DLP projector owners in Europe needing to replace their beamer projector's lamp is how to tell if the projector lamp they have found on the internet is a genuine projector lamp from an original manufacturer. Many people will be concerned about buying a compatible beamer lamp or copy beamer lamp and will want to avoid these types of projector lamp products where possible. But how do you tell if the projector lamp advertised on an online store is a genuine manufacturer original projector lamp or not? A quick check that you can do is to find out whether the box that the projector lamp is packed in has projector manufacturer or brand logos on it. If it does, it is more likely that the lamp is a manufacturer original. If the projector lamp is shipped in a generic brown or white box without any projector brand or manufacturer markings it is much more likely to be a copy projector lamp or compatible projector lamp. You should not consider the logo of the company you purchased the lamp from to be a manufacturer marking. Manufacturers are companies such as Toshiba, Dell, Sony and NEC.
When you receive your replacement beamer lamp module, if you suspect that the projector lamp you have been shipped is a compatible lamp or copy lamp, have a look at the projector lamp box for stickers that may have been used to conceal or cover up branding or labels of a copy projector lamp manufacturer. These stickers could include ones that are stuck on the lamp box for shipping reasons. The image of the projector lamp box below on the left shows the way in which a reseller of compatible or copy projector lamps might use a shipping or packaging sticker to conceal the markings or branding of a compatible projector lamp manufacturer on their lamp boxes. The image of the projector lamp box below on the right is an example of the packaging for a manufacturer original projector lamp from Sharp.
Try to check the actual beamer lamp bulb inside your projector lamp for a projector bulb manufacturer marking or stamp
Another way in which you can check whether the replacement beamer lamp you have been shipped is a manufacturer original beamer lamp or a compatible beamer lamp is to look at the projector bulb which is housed in the plastic projector lamp housing (if your projector lamp does not have lamp housing around it, you have purchased a bare bulb. Click here for the Projector Lamp Experts lamp advice section on why bare bulb lamp products are not a good idea.
Replacement beamer projector lamps that have been manufactured by the original projector manufacturer will have the markings of a major projector bulb manufacturing company stamped on the projector lamp's reflector. Click here for the Projector Lamp Experts Europe advice section on the the various parts of a replacement projector lamp module for more details on how to identify the reflector inside a projector lamp module.
One example of the type of projector bulb manufacturer markings that you may find stamped on the outside of the projector lamp reflector is displayed in the image below. In this case the projector lamp manufacturer stamp is found on the second line - the three letter manufacturer code UHP. UHP is an abbreviation for Ultra High Performance lamp and is the code used by Philips to mark their projector lamp products, so you know that the lamp in this photograph is a genuine manufacturer original lamp.
Philips and Osram are the two biggest manufacturers of projector lamps worldwide. Osram's projector lamp stamp code is P-VIP, which stands for Professional Video Projector Lamp. If your projector lamp is stamped with P-VIP, you know that it is a manufacturer original lamp.
UHP from Philips and P-VIP from Osram are not the only beamer lamp manufacturer markings which would identify a projector lamp module as a genuine original lamp. There are several other codes that can help you tell who made the projector bulb inside the lamp you have bought or are thinking about buying. If the projector lamp is stamped with the marking SHP, this means that the projector bulb has been made by the projector lamp manufacturing company Phoenix. The stamp code HSCR designates that the projector lamp bulb inside the lamp in question was made by the company Iwasaki Electric, while the projector bulb marking code HS means that the lamp was originally made by Matsushita. You can find more details on each one of these projector bulb makers in the Projector Lamp Experts Europe dedicated lamp information section on projector bulb manufacturers. Every branded manufacturer of LCD projector and DLP projector will use projector bulbs made by one of these companies in the replacement projector lamp modules they make, so if the beamer lamp module you buy does not have one of these stamps on its lamp reflecter, it could well mean that this particular projector lamp module is not a genuine manufacturer original lamp.
Be careful to check that that you are not buying a bare bulb projector lamp which does not have a plastic lamp cage included
Companies that manufacture LCD and DLP projectors, and the associated projector lamps that are sold with them or later on as a projector lamp replacement, do not normally sell their replacement projector lamps in a bulb only, or bare bulb form. Bulb only or bare bulb means that the projector lamp does not have a plastic lamp case or lamp housing around it, making it difficult to install it in a projector. Refurbished projector lamp modules, where a bare projector bulb has been installed inside a used projector lamp housing cage, have been associated with projector lamp performance issues and also projector damage risks. For these reasons Projector Lamp Experts Europe does not recommend that bare bulb projector lamps are used by European customers as a solution for replacing their LCD or DLP projector's lamp. There is a special Projector Lamp Experts Europe advice section with more information on the risks of refurbishing a projector lamp with a bare projector bulb which you can get to by clicking here: projector lamp module refurbishment dangers
Often the motivation behind a European lamp shopper wishing to pursue a bare bulb projector lamp replacement option is the cost of a genuine original manufacturer lamp being too high. While the price of a projector lamp can definitely be an important factor when choosing which projector lamp product to buy, there are other cost effective alternative solutions that are much safer than refurbishing a beamer lamp with a bare projector lamp bulb. The Original Alternative lamps section of the Projector Lamp Experts Europe website will give you more information about the different value options that are available to consumers in the European Union who wish to save money on their replacement lamp purchase without compromising on the quality of their lamp. You can get to this lamp advice section by clicking here: great value Original Alternative beamer lamp modules.
All the Original Alternative lamps that are sold by Projector Lamp Experts Europe to European lamp customers are made by a leading manufacturer of replacement projector lamp modules, and all these projector lamps are produced according to ISO9001 standards. Every Original Alternative beamer lamp is rigorously checked for beamer lamp connections, beamer lamp brightness and beamer lamp operating life to make sure that when our European customers buy an Original Alternative projector lamp they are always happy with its performance and lifespan.
Proper projector lamp warranties are very important so make sure that the beamer lamp you are thinking of buying comes with one
Buying a new replacement projector lamp for your projector can be an expensive proposition, so it is important that your new beamer lamp is supplied with a good warranty. When you buy a new beamer lamp, make sure that you check that the warranty supplied with the lamp will protect you against early lamp failure. If the warranty that comes with the lamp you are going to buy is for a very short period of time or is not explained very well on the projector lamp website that you are buying it from, you should be cautious. Sometimes the warranties supplied by projector lamp resellers are called "no questions asked" lamp warranties, but the problem is that if your DLP projector or LCD projector is damaged by a faulty compatible projector lamp failure, you may need a more thorough warranty in order to protect yourself. If you buy an Original Alternative replacement lamp module from Projector Lamp Experts Europe, the lamp you get is always supplied with a 90 day warranty that protects you against early lamp failure AND also protects your projector against any damage that might be caused by projector lamp failure. Projector Lamp Experts Europe has a special lamp information section on projector lamp warranties which you can get to by clicking here: projector lamp warranties
For more advice or further information on anything to do with beamer lamps or projector lamps, please do not hesitate to give Projector Lamp Experts Europe a call
We appreciate that although there is a lot of lamp advice on buying projector lamps covered in the information sections above, there may be additional questions that you want to ask about buying replacement beamer lamps online. Projector Lamp Experts Europe is happy to give in depth recommendations about buying replacement projector lamp modules, and can assist you with any projector lamp queries that you might have. Our projector lamp sales representatives are trained in projector lamp technology and will be able to answer all of your beamer lamp questions. You can give Projector Lamp Experts Europe a call at 0845 508 4482 if you need to ask a question about a beamer lamp, or you can visit the contact us section of the Projector Lamp Experts Europe website where you will be able to fill in an online contact us form.