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Differences between Compatible Projector Lamps and Original Manufacturers’ Lamps 04 Apr 2016

There are currently four main projector lamp types available: Manufacturers’ Genuine Original Lamps, Compatible Lamps, Copy Lamps and Counterfeit (fake) Lamps. Initially we’ll compare the features & benefits of the first two types, but we’ll also cover the other categories at a later date. Please note that in audio visual terms a projector lamp is made up of a bare projector bulb encased in outer chassis.

Genuine Original Lamp

These lamps are the same as the lamps originally supplied with your projector and as they are made by the projector manufacturer they are identical in every way. All aspects of the lamps’ performance are exactly the same as the lamp you’re replacing.

Compatible Projector Lamps

True Compatible Lamps contain an original manufacturers’ bulb inside a compatible housing. Both the lamp life & lamp hours are identical to the original lamp as compatible lamps use an identical bulb. As a compatible chassis is used then cost savings are available and so these lamps are usually 10- 20% cheaper. All projector manufacturers source their bulbs from the four leading bulb manufacturers: Osram, Philips, Ushio and Phoenix. If you buy a compatible lamp from a reputable supplier then these lamps will contain genuine bulbs from one of these companies, this means that there is no compromise on quality. Reputable projector lamp manufacturers, such as Diamond Lamps & Go Lamps, guarantee that the lamps they use are sourced from these four bulb suppliers. However other lamp suppliers may source their bulbs from an unauthorised supplier and so lamp life and brightness cannot be guaranteed. If this is the case then the lamps you are buying are, in fact, copy or counterfeit lamps and these lamps don’t necessarily have the same life or brightness as originals, or compatibles.

There’ll be more information regarding Copy & Counterfeit Lamps in a future article.

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