Post by jeremy on Mar 2, 2014 9:43:15 GMT -5
This projector uses an OSRAM lamp that is nearly impossible to find, and if you're tying to find one for a reasonable cost, good luck, as most lamps for this model are in the 90 to 110+ USD price range, making it very cost prohibitive to buy any bulb for this projector.
If you aren't sure what to do past looking up the dell part number for the bulb, then check the lamp itself. On the rear of the lamp it should have OSRAM on the back stone piece of the bulb, along with some other info which looks like this:
P VIP 150/16
The P VIP 150/16 is the actual model of the lamp in use for the projector. Now this is not a guarantee that you will find a better lamp price, but it is another way to look for the lamp in hopes that one can be had below a $50 price range.
As a side note:
If you plan on "modifying" the projector for use with a different lamp, be sure it is a UHP/SHP lamp if you intend to use the ballast inside the projector; and to be sure that it is of the same ratings as the original bulb (more or less for safety reasons and to ensure the projector will stay operational).
Regarding LED light modifications - not many people have done this, and there are fewer that have had good results with this modification. I am currently working on a generic 9000 lumen LED bulb and PSU unit to work in digital projectors that are bulbless, as generally, there is enough room inside the projectors lamp cavity for an LED & heat sink to cool it, and if the ballast is removed from the projector, there is generally enough room to put a new power supply for the LED lamp in place of the ballast.
Once I have successfully modified a projector for an LED lamp, I will be posting the entire procedure on this forum in a separate thread. So if you're like me, and can't justify throwing out a perfectly good projector because of an overpriced lamp or hard to find lamp, keep checking back