I've just read that the LEDs used to project have a 20,000 hour lifespan, pretty impressive. I'm no expert on projectors, but hasn't their downfall always been the unreliability of their bulbs? A friend of mine bought one new, and the bulbs didn't last a year before they had to be changed, it always put me off.
I'm not sure how long they last for but my previous manager use these projectors all the time for presentations and I can guess he haven't changed it for at least 8 months. Then he have to pay £200 for a new light bulb.
We were worried about the cost of bulbs but my husband has used a projector quite a lot at work and has been surprised that he hasn't had to change the bulb yet. So now we're researching one for home use.
Yeah I guess the technology has improved quite a lot. I can see projector sales soaring if they sort it out. Let me know which projector you go for Hazel, I'd be quite interested to hear what you think of it....
ive read a bit about these new led powered projectors apparently there lamplife is very long, longer than any convetional projector bulb ,but the down side is the are not very bright compaired to a conventional one.As always make sure you se a demo before you buy
Steve, I agree with the points you have made there. It's a bit like mobile phones, but the other way round.
You can have more features like a camera or a MP3 player, but at the same time, it can easily drain the battery life. So if you want to have longer life for your light bulb, you'll have to use less power for the brightness...
On the subject of projectors more generally, one of the main problems, apart fromthe bulbs, is the fact that yuo really need darkened conditions to get the best of the picture quality. Well that could change with a new projection screen which claims to go some way to resolving the problem with a filter that absorbs light resulting in an improved picture quality.
Great idea about the screen. We've never had a problem getting the room dark enough as we have heavy curtains in the lounge. If we didn't have them I would just get blackout linings like I had for the kid's bedroom when they were small so they weren't wakened by the light at dawn! They really do make a room dark!
Blackout curtains will certainly do the trick and aren't a problem whaen watching a film because it helps to have a very dark room. However, the screen Euler mentions would be useful for more general use of a projector, sports and general television viewing when perhaps you don't want to be sitting in total darkness! I'd be very interested to see if this screen can live up to the claims it makes.