While some businesses have switched to digital screens, thousands of businesses across the United States still use traditional projectors. Projectors cast videos or images on a wall for easy, convenient viewing. Some projectors serve decorative purposes, but others are essential for a business's daily operations. When the light goes out, you need high-quality projector lamps from an authorized distributor.
Before you order projector lamps, it's important to know what you're looking for. Some businesses still have LCD projectors while others have moved on to the more advanced DLP projectors. Here's everything you need to know about projector lamps for digital projectors.
How Do Projectors Work?
The first projectors were called cathode-ray tube (CRT) projectors. These projectors used red, blue and green light guns to shine three separate pictures on the screen. Today, most businesses have switched over to LCD projectors. An LCD projector shines a light through an LCD screen. When the light reaches the lens, it projects a full-color image onto the wall or screen. LCD projectors have a lower image quality than CRT projectors, but they're much lighter and cheaper, making them popular with today's consumers.
Digital light processing (DLP) projectors are even more advanced. DLP projectors contain a tiny microchip with two million mirrors on the surface. As a light shines on the microchip, the mirrors tilt back and forth. Some mirrors tilt toward the light to make a bright pixel while others tilt away from the light to make a dark pixel. A red, green and blue color wheel makes each pixel a different color. As a result of these mechanisms, the projector displays a video or static image on the wall.
Which Businesses Still Use Projectors?
Projectors might sound old-fashioned compared to high-definition TVs, but they're still in use all over the world. Here's a look at some of the businesses that still use projectors:
- Businesses with conference rooms
- Event venues
- Schools and universities
- Art galleries
- Media broadcasting companies
Technically, any business can use a projector if they want to display an image or video on a large surface. Businesses use projectors to show advertisements, upcoming events, training videos, art pieces, news updates, religious imagery and much more.
What Should You Look For In A Projector Lamp?
If possible, look for the same bulb that came with your projector. Specialty Bulb Co. carries major brands like Phillips, Mitsubishi and Osram. When you pick up the exact projector bulb replacement, you'll get the same quality and longevity that you enjoyed with the previous bulb. However, if you can't find the right brand, Specialty Bulb Co. can help you find the closest match.
Some suppliers offer used bulbs that don't provide the same longevity. When you shop at Specialty Bulb Co., our projector lamps and replacement housings are 100% brand new. You'll get the full lifespan, which could be anywhere from 2,000 to 4,000 hours. Plus, you'll get high-quality projector lamps at wholesale prices, helping your company afford the best technology.
How Do You Extend the Life of Your Projection Bulbs?
Once you order a new set of projection lamps, you want to make sure you get your money's worth. Here's some tips on extending the life of your projection bulbs:
- Clean the dust around the lamp regularly. If too much dust accumulates, the projector might not work properly.
- Make sure the vent works so the lamp doesn't get overheated.
- Try to limit use to a few hours a day. If you need to use the projector for several hours, turn it off periodically and let it rest for at least an hour.
- Don't turn the lamp on and off all the time--this puts an extra strain on the lamp.
For more information, talk to Specialty Bulb Co. about getting the most out of your projection lamp.