yea, that lamp thing is a problem...
Four or five years ago I tried to find a way to import aftermarket data projector lamps but the manufacturers are very tricky about it. To make them profittably, the bulb manufacturers need to have very large production runs and require extremely large orders for any one lamp. So, the projector manufacturers change the bulbs with almost every new model to keep the total demand for any one bulb low enough that it makes someone like me think twice about importing them. I mean, sometimes the only thing that makes one bulb differnet from the next is that they just changed the pin configuration on the back. No other difference. I even explored the possibility of selling kits where you built your own lamp by being able to change the pins yourself. It just didn't turn out to be practical. Too bad because if I could break their semi-monopoly on the lamps, I could afford the 3D TV josten just told me about. Eiko is doing it but their prices are so high you might as well buy from the projector manufacturers.
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