Reviews and Problems with Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 8100
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Buyer Beware - 2 Bulbs both lasted about 500 hours, not 4000 hours as advertised!
13 November 2013
Summary: I bought this projector based on the fact that the bulb was rated for 4000 hours. After only ~500 hours the bulb failed. I called Epson who assured me that the problem was fixed as they've switched manufacturers and they shipped me a replacement under warranty. After ~500 hours on the replacement bulb, it failed as well. I called Epson and even escalated the call to a supervisor and they offered me no solution but to purchase a replacement bulb for $300.
Summary: I bought this projector when it first came out thinking it was the latest and greatest. It turned out to be just the former. After just six months and less than 500 hours the first lamp died. Epson replaced this for free. Just less than a year and 700 hours later, the second one died. Again, a free lamp. Less than 500 hours later, another lamp.
Summary: This projector has a great picture but it goes through bulbs very fast. I have gone through 6 bulbs now and I am now out of warranty. This was advertised at 4000 hrs, but trust me, you wont get anywhere near that. All of the bulbs I've had (either from Epson or from bulb stores ) have lasted 1000 hrs or less. That's not very long and these bulbs are not cheap. Do yourself a favor. DO NOT BUY THIS PROJECTOR.