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Lamp Types

At Hotlamps we sell original lamps only – we do not sell Copy Lamps.

There are three distinct product categories in the market: OEM (Original Manufacturer) Lamps, Genuine Original Lamps and Compatible Lamps (also known as Copy or Counterfeit Lamps).

OEM Lamps

These are products supplied by the original manufacturer of the projector and will be exactly the same as the lamp in the projector unit when it was first shipped.  They are made to a high standard and Hotlamps sells original lamps for all the major projector manufacturers.

An increasing number of brands are now sharing projector production costs (or sub-contracting their production entirely) and lamps are no different.  On occasion, one centrally manufactured lamp may be re-branded to fit 6 or more different brands / models of projector.  Using our lamp selection tool above will ensure you choose the right lamp for the right projector.

Genuine Original Lamps - GO Lamps

A number of years ago, the original lamp (bulb) manufacturers took a decision to carefully select 2 or 3 companies globally that were capable of mass-producing original quality modules containing the original lamp (bulb) inside.  This ensured that performance was not affected and was put in place to both improve the supply chain in the market and to counteract the threat of cheaper copy products.

Similar to Kingston memory for your PC or ScanDisk memory cards for your digital camera - they are a Genuine Original high quality replacement option which is not compromised on quality and at the same time will work flawlessly in your machine. Due to a much shorter route to market, these lamps are usually 25% to 35% more cost effective than the OEM product, yet the high quality levels are maintained.

Our GO Lamps range is endorsed by the world's leading lamp (bulb) manufacturers Philips, OSRAM, Ushio and Phoenix.  The range is put through strict quality checks which include: Beam Performance, Ignition, Voltage, Appearance, Connections, and Runtime. All lamps are manufactured to ISO14001 standards. Each Genuine Original Lamp is bespoke designed to ensure great performance levels and not to infringe on any IP or copyrights.

We offer an amazing 2 years warranty against lamp failure across the GO Lamps Range.  For more information about our GO Lamps range, visit www.go-lamps.com

Compatible Lamps / Copy Lamps

Compatible/Copy lamps are often supplied in brown boxes with no branding or manufacturer markings. This lack of branding can often mean a non-regulated company has produced the goods and the chances are that Intellectual Property (IP) has been infringed.

Do not expect to see warranties, nor can the quality of the products be guaranteed. Often the products are not manufactured to high standards, they perform poorly and risks can be associated with them.  Hotlamps does not endorse the sale of these products.

How to Spot Copy Lamps and the Dangers Associated with them

Look out for words like:-

  • Copy
  • Compatible
  • Alternative
  • Equivalent
  • Generic
  • Bulb only
  • Non-original
  • Re-lamped

The risks of Compatible/Copy lamps include:

  • Health and Safety:
    Projector lamps are made to a highly complex design and manufacturing process. This process uses hazardous chemicals within the glass which are under immense pressure and can generate substantial amounts of heat. If the pressure is too high, the lamps can explode, too low and the light output is greatly reduced.
  • Performance:
    The quality of a projector lamp directly influences a projector's ability to accurately replicate colours, brightness and contrast levels. It is important that any projector lamp used is designed specifically for that projector to ensure the highest image quality.
  • Legal:
    In many cases, non-original lamps infringe the Intellectual Property (IP) of original manufacturers and by importing / selling them you could be liable for prosecution and damage claims.

Identifying a non-original lamp:

  • Price:
    If the price of a projector lamp looks just too good to be true it probably is! Ask if the lamp is an original and check its warranty.
  • Module or Bulb Only:
    Pretty much every OEM and Genuine Original Lamp on the market come supplied as a complete module. This means you can slot the lamp into the projector in seconds. If you buy a bulb that needs to be fitted into an old projector lamp housing then you must be prepared to spend time with a screwdriver to swap the lamps over. This can take considerable time and does not ensure the final product is up to the correct quality standard. Please note that Sharp do provide both lamp modules and bulb-only versions on some of their projector lines.
  • Description:
    Any product that says, "Compatible with" or that has a generic description such as "120 watt" could mean the product is not an original.

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