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Replacement bulb for a projector

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Replacement bulb for a projector

I've done a quick search for a replacement bulb, but maybe I'm not hitting the right sites for it. I have an HP XB31. It seems like a replacement bulb is going to cost $300.

Are all replacement projector bulbs over priced?
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Bulbs aren't cheap, but maybe this one is pricier because it is some compact type. It's a very tiny projector and it uses a bulb, so it sounds ike a specialized one.
Ask aasoror, he's pretty versed on projectors. Maybe he has some input or a good place to look for a better price.
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Pretty much yeah. However your projector is about the same vintage as mine (NEC VT540 from the early 2000s). Back in the day, they were $400-$500. I've been finding them on eBay these days for $30-$50. OEM NEC bulbs. I bought a spare then I don't have an outage when my existing bulb goes.

Look around and you can find deals.
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Reepicheep wrote: I've done a quick search for a replacement bulb, but maybe I'm not hitting the right sites for it. I have an HP XB31. It seems like a replacement bulb is going to cost $300.

Are all replacement projector bulbs over priced?
Shop around and you may find a less expensive one. Sometimes, it's actually cheaper to buy a new projector rather than a replacement bulb.

Bulbs are to projectors what ink is to printers, or, blades to razors, or, pretty much any consumable to the device that uses it.
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Jimbobs wrote: Shop around and you may find a less expensive one. Sometimes, it's actually cheaper to buy a new projector rather than a replacement bulb.

Bulbs are to projectors what ink is to printers, or, blades to razors, or, pretty much any consumable to the device that uses it.
That was my thought as well, OEM bulbs were always a rip off, and often proprietary too. I'm not familiar with the projector market, but is there not some outfit that has LED retrofits for common bulbs? be cool if there were.
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Reepicheep wrote: It seems like a replacement bulb is going to cost $300.
You will need L1516A lamp.

Your best bet will be eBay
https://www.ebay.ca/i/283558809582 (if you are set then buy this one right away)
https://www.ebay.ca/i/392070377900
https://www.ebay.ca/i/283550574882

With that said, you would be looking for at least $75~$100, and you are still left with an XGA DLP projector from 2002 (not sure how many hours you already have on it but reviews weren't really stellar even at the time).

I understand that a $100 to get your projector up and running again won't really help with an upgrade so if it fits in your usage needs and you like how it looks then an eBay replacement is the way to go.

Good luck!
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aasoror wrote: You will need L1516A lamp.

Your best bet will be eBay
https://www.ebay.ca/i/283558809582 (if you are set then buy this one right away)
https://www.ebay.ca/i/392070377900
https://www.ebay.ca/i/283550574882

With that said, you would be looking for at least $75~$100, and you are still left with an XGA DLP projector from 2002 (not sure how many hours you already have on it but reviews weren't really stellar even at the time).

I understand that a $100 to get your projector up and running again won't really help with an upgrade so if it fits in your usage needs and you like how it looks then an eBay replacement is the way to go.

Good luck!
Thank you very much!

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