Excerpt: This is the second bulb for this projector in 5 years. sounds like a long time but it is used about 2 hours a week which makes the total for the past two bulbs combined at 5-600 hours of life. It may be the short on and off cycles that makes the advertised 3000 hours seem like a scam. Other wise this bulb is easy to replace and has a good picture for a 1200 lumen bulb. you might want to just use the money on a newer model with HD.