Maintaining the Condition of Projector Bulbs
If you have recently purchased a projector to use for presentations in an educational or business environment, you need to know the importance of maintaining the projector bulbs that make your projector work. If you are using this equipment on a daily basis, it is likely that you will need to replace your bulb more often. Most projector bulbs lifespan is around 2000 hours, and so that you don’t have to replace it before this, there are a number of things you can do to keep it in excellent condition. The life of your bulb can be increased or reduced, depending on how it is looked after and if you don’t take good care of it, this will be reflected in the quality of the viewing experience your audience receives. Without the bulb you won’t be displaying any information anywhere, so it is vital you read the advice below carefully.
Maintaining your Bulb
Since these lamps can cost a lot of money, it is highly recommended to do everything possible to get the most life out of your bulb. Below are some simple yet effective tips for cleaning and maintaining projector bulbs:
- When in use, do not unplug the projector as this wall cause uneven cooling and could result in early fusing.
- Before disconnecting the projector from the wall, make sure the bulb has cooled down.
- Do not move the projector until the bulb has cooled down fully.
- Avoid close contact with other objects when in use.
- Take advantage of any economy and power saving modes your projector has.
- Use a clean cloth to handle your lamp when replacing.
- Regularly clean the air filters within the projector to avoid any dust and overheating. You should get a guide with your projector on hoe to clean the filters, similar to this one.
- Check the bulbs indicator (if it has one) to see when its lifespan is due to end. Make sure you order a bulb well in advance.
Following Manufacturers Advice
It may seem obvious, but when you replace projector bulbs, you should turn to the manufacturers guide for instructions and advice for maintenance. A guide may come in the format of a book, leaflet, CD or online link. This will give you the relevant manufacturer’s recommendations for proper care of the bulb specific to your projector model. Not all bulbs require the same level of cleaning and maintenance, and yours could require less or more, so make sure you give it a read.