Replacement Lamp for LCD?

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Replacement Lamp for LCD?

My wife works at a rent-to-own store and sometimes they get stuff back that people have paid on for a ridiculously long time but has decided to turn it on rather than finish paying it off so the store ends up selling it for cash for a pretty low price.  Last week she bought a Zenith 32" LCD for $175.  I thought that was a pretty good deal. 

Saturday, we went to her store and looked at another TV that they got in and was selling for $450.  It is a 44" Zenith LCD.  The model number is E44W48LCD.  We were planning on getting it and putting in our bedroom.  But when I looked at it, I was concerned about a couple of issues.  It's not your typical LCD; it's not thin.  It reminds me more of a DLP depth-wise.  This LCD has a lamp in it that you can replace.  Do LCDs normally have replacement lamps?  The back of it gives off a lot of heat because of the lamp, presumably.  I know my son's 37" does not get hot like this.  And this TV would be going in an entertainment center so the heat concerns me.  We did not buy it, but are still considering.  I don't believe it is that good of a deal.  What do you guys think?  I don't see any 44" TVs any where close to this price; even a replacement bulb is only around $120 from what I've seen.  Good deal, or not? 

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This is a LCD rear projection. Sony had a line of them for years. They are similar to DLP but use small LCDs instead.
http://www.topbulb.com/find/Product_Description.asp?intProductID=52683
I can't vouch for the quality of the site but there are a few sites out there that do aftermarket lamp sales.

There is one site that repairs bulbs and are reputable but I can't remember the name.. Someone will jump in and help me out with that. I think it is relampit. I know a Sony lamp costs 300 bucks.

Zenith has a parts department you can call has well.

http://www.zenithservice.com/index_b2c.jsp

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rear-projection_television

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found the bulb alone here for $163 +shipping there may be more out there cheaper but it was a quick look based off the model number. we have t o replace bulbs all the time on our TVs at work that we have out in the studio

http://www.purelandsupply.com/E44W48LCD-Bulb-LG-Zenith-DLP-TV-Lamp.html

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Joined: 8 Jun 2007

correction here is some cheaper:

http://www.google.com/products?q=E44W48LCD&btnG=Search+Products&scoring=...

some as low as $108 with reseller ratings of 3 stars and up

only thing to keep in mind is when you replace the bulb you have to make sure to line it up properly (usually not a big deal) if you are afraid of that you can look for the lamp assembly which is the bulb and housing, but that will run you a lot more.

only thing to be careful of when doing this yourself is some sets have a little plastic tab on the lamp access dorr that is a cut off for the electricity, if you break this and it does not make contact the unit will power on but flash red or etc typically indicating a bulb problem. think of it like the thing that pushes the switch on your refridgerator to turn the bulb off when you close the door.

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What about the $450 for the TV?  Good price for the TV, even if the bulb needs replacing?

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well.... $450 for the set with no warranty, plus lets say you do luck out and get just the bulb for $115 shipped woulc come out to $565 not a bad deal but really the set may be somehting you want to see before you buy. As always what look good to one person may not look good to another, but LCD rear projection typically isn't as good of quality compared to DLP. Colors arent as vivid, contrast is usually lower and LCD is a bit more prone to slight ghosting in fast motion scenes. Not saying it will look bad, but you never know.

But projection TVs in stores are harder to come by now in smaller sizes at decent prices, but you used to be able to pickup 50" sets for around $600-800 easily since most retailers are moving toward LCD and plasma, the rear projection units were put on clearance.

On the same token there is a whole lot of deals to be had on new 42" LCD and Plasma sets for around $600-800 and those would be new with warranty, and more than likely provide better image quality.

I reccomend keeping an eye on hot deal forums such as Fatwallet.com and Slickdeals.net

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This lamp is available here for anywhere from $46 - $114. 

https://projectorquest.com/product/zenithlg-e44w48lcd-projection-tv-lamp...

I have purchased from Projectorquest before and have no complaints.

Anyone considering purchasing a RPTV should definitely keep the ongoing cost of bulb replacement in mind, just like with a projector.

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