Happy Fall From PurelandSupply!

Forest of autumn trees

Summer is officially over, now it’s time for bonfires, football, and scary movie nights. Is your projector ready for the new season? Now is a great time to make sure!

Checking up on your projector lamp regularly helps to ensure you can avoid any lamp failure issues when you really need it. It’s important to keep in mind that even if your lamp was lighting last time you used it, doesn’t necessarily mean your lamp is going to work next time. Projector lamps lose their brightness very slowly. In fact, it happens so slow that you will barely notice until It becomes too dark to see, or eventually fails. 

Checking your lamp life regularly is one way of keeping your projector lamp up to date. You can do this on almost all projectors right through the menu. 

Optoma UHD60 projector

Let’s look at the Optoma UHD60 projector as an example. It uses a SP.78V01GC01 projector lamp, which has a life span of 4,000 hours. So, if you checked your lamp hours in the menu and it’s over 3/4 of its lifespan, which would be 3,000 hours in this case, then it’s time to consider purchasing a replacement projector lamp. 

SP.78V01GC01 replacement projector lamp

In addition to checking your lamp hours, every so often you should also vacuum out the air vents, and physically check the lamp for any signs of overheating. If a lamp is being overheated, it will cause the silver metal to turn very coppery, or give off a burning smell. 

If you find that your lamp needs to be replaced, or if you have any questions about maintaining your projector, we have you covered

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5 Fun Ways to Use Your Projector

Are you looking for ways to get the most use out of your home projector?

Check out this list of 5 creative and fun new things you can do with your projector! 

  1. Planetarium
home planetarium with projector

If you love astrology and stargazing at night, this one is for you! With your projector, you can bring the whole galaxy straight to your bedroom. You can easily explore constellations, planets, and solar systems like an astronaut traveling through the universe. It’s an educational, relaxing and mesmerizing experience. Stellarium is a free software that is actually used by many real planetariums, and you can download it right to your computer. You can see everything that’s happening in the night sky right above you, in real time. You can see meteor showers, satellites, zoom in and learn about constellations, and much more. You can even keep a log of everything you love so you can easily find it again! There is also a paid mobile version available for both IOS and Apple users. 

The Optoma GT5600 Ultra Short Throw is a perfect projector to use for this. Its portability allows you to place it anywhere and adjusts to almost any surface. Connecting your device couldn’t be easier due to its wireless screen mirroring feature. When you need a replacement lamp, we’ve got you covered with the BL-FU220E lamp. 

2. Art Project

Tracing image with projector

You don’t have to be the best artist to create a masterpiece. Simply choose the image you want to recreate and project it onto the wall. Grab some paint, markers or pencils, put up some paper and trace away! Everyone in the family can have fun with this one. Kids will have a blast coloring in giant pages, teens can use this idea to create a cool background for their selfies, and adults can have their own at-home “Painting with a Twist night”, or if you’re feeling extra creative, you can paint a beautiful mural right on to your wall. 

3. Game Night

Trivia game on a projector

Experience gaming in a whole new way with your projector. You and your guests will love the life-like feeling of immersing yourself in your favorite video games on a large screen, not to mention the large display will make it way easier to play split-screen and multi-player games together. Another cool way to incorporate this idea is hosting a trivia game night. Crowdpurr is a great interactive software available on all platforms that allows you to create and customize your own trivia questions, allows your guests to answer questions from their smartphone, and displays the crowd rankings. This is also a fun way to engage your audience for business events and presentations!

A great projector choice for this idea is the Epson Home Cinema 1060 projector. It features a bright 3,100 lumens along with a dynamic contrast of 15,000:1 which makes it ideal to use in a wide variety of settings. The replacement projector lamp can be found here.

4. Make Cooking Easier 

Person chopping vegetables

We’ve all been there: You just found a great recipe on your phone and can’t wait to try it out, you go to swipe for the next step and you get smudges and food all over your phone screen. Nobody likes a dirty phone. Make your next dinner preparation much easier by projecting your recipe on to the wall instead, on a bigger screen you can see it all at once with much more convenience. You could also try throwing on the Food Network and cooking right along with your favorite chef. 

5. Light Show

light show with projector

Make any event, party, or night-in more fun with a musical light show! We might not be able to throw big parties due to the pandemic, but you could use this idea to host a super cool drive-in mini concert, or a personal dance party. Just download MusicBeam, connect it to your projector, throw on your favorite playlist and enjoy the show! It’s easy to set up and completely customizable. The BenQ HT2050 Home Cinema Projector features CinematicColor technology, and full HD 1080p definition, to give you the clearest, most colorful picture for your light show. It also boasts its ultra short throw, allowing the most convenience to place it anywhere. The BenQ HT2050 uses a 5J.JEE05.001 replacement lamp, available here.

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Summer is Here!

Meat And Vegetables On Barbecue Grill

Are you ready for the bonfires and cook outs? More importantly, is your projector? Projectors are a great addition to any outdoor gathering. Whether you’re watching movies, music videos, or slideshows of your quarantine memories, you can be sure your guests will be entertained. If you already own a projector, now is a good time to check on your lamp and make sure it’s running smoothly. If you’re looking for a new projector, we have some great recommendations for all your outdoor cinema needs.

Epson Home Cinema 2100:

Epson HC 2100 projector

The large image size, high color brightness, and portability make this a great projector to use outdoors. With the ability to display images up to 11 feet while featuring 2,500 lumens at 1080p resolution, you’re sure to get a large, vibrant, high-quality picture, even outside. The vertical lens shift allows the flexibility to set up anywhere easily.  Since it features HDMI ports and MHL connectivity, it’s super easy to stream content from most devices, like your smartphone, Roku, Apple TV, etc. Not to mention this projector comes with a great built in speaker, which makes setting up even easier and more affordable. When it comes time to purchase a replacement projector lamp, we have you covered.

BenQ TK850:

BenQ TK850 projector

This projector not only features a large 100” image size, but it also displays images using UHD (Ultra-High-Definition), and HDR (High-Definition-Resolution) technologies. When combined with its 3,000 lumens of brightness, and consistent zoom ratio, you’re guaranteed to get the vivid, high-quality picture you need for outdoor viewing. On par with the image quality is the 10W chambered speaker which delivers enhanced sound. Not only is the TK850 easy to set up anywhere, it’s keystone correction feature adjusts the image to avoid misshapen pictures and display perfectly aligned images from most angles. Universal connectivity adds to the portability, with its USB reader that allows users to easily project content wirelessly. The BenQ TK850 is a great option for all your outdoor, or indoor gatherings. Don’t forget to check up on your lamp periodically to ensure your image quality is always up to par. Once this lamp reaches about 2,000 hours, it’s important to consider purchasing a replacement projector lamp

Optoma UHD60:

Optoma UHD60

With 3,000 lumens of brightness, 4K UHD resolution, and extremely high contrast ratio of 1,000,000:1, the Optoma UHD60 is sure to produce sharp, life-like images in any setting. Its vertical lens shift allows simple installation while still maintaining its image quality, which provides a wide range of placement possibilities. Combined with the ability to project images up to 140 inches, this is a great home theater projector.  HDMI 2.0 connectivity makes it compatible with all the latest 4K UHD devices, adding to its portability and easy setup. The replacement lamp for this projector can be found here.

Have a happy summer from all of us here at Pureland Supply!

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What are Lumens?

Technically speaking, a lumen is, “a unit of luminous flux in the International System of Units, that is equal to the amount of light given out through a solid angle by a source of one candela intensity radiating equally in all directions.”

Simply put, lumens are brightness. The higher the lumen output, the brighter the image will be displayed. Not to be confused with wattage, which measures the energy consumption of the lamp, lumens measure the actual light output. A 100-watt incandescent (old type) lightbulb has 1,600 lumens. The lumen amount is a really important factor to consider when purchasing a new projector, or when keeping up with your current projector. 

The setting in which you intend to use your projector will make a big difference in the amount of brightness you will need. Rooms that have more ambient light, (light that is already present in a scene before any additional lighting is added), like classrooms, living rooms, and businesses, require a higher output than rooms that are dark, such as home cinemas, to display the same quality images. When it comes to buying a projector, more lumens do not always mean better.

 Ambient light and screen size are both important to consider when deciding how many lumens are right for you. Also keep in mind that getting the right projector will usually not be an exact science. An average home projector is somewhere under 3,000 ANSI lumens, which can easily display an 80” picture. All you need to know is a good estimate of what you will need. In order to avoid overpaying for unnecessary lumens, it’s important to note that small differences in light output will be virtually undetectable to the human eye.

For example, a projector like the Epson TW10H which has 1,200 lumens, compared to an Epson TW200H with 1,300 in the same lighting, will not look any different. However, the 1,200 lumens compared to something like an Epson Powerlite 74C with 2,000 lumens will display a noticeably different amount of brightness. In terms of screen size, the larger the screen you need to project on, the more light output you will need.

Here is a simple calculation you can go by.  There should be at least 80 lumens of brightness per square-foot of screen surface. A screen that is 8×6, which would equal 48 sq. ft., would need a 4,000-lumen projector.

 For home theaters with exceptionally low ambient light, you will need a minimum of 1,500 lumens. Rooms with windows, like classrooms, conference rooms, or living rooms, it is best to look for a minimum of 2,500 lumens.

             As your projector begins to age, the brightness that it outputs will slowly start to decrease. For a while it will not be noticeable, but once it starts to reach about half of its lifespan, you will start to see the dimness increase. Let us look at a BenQ MX662 projector for example, it has 3,500 lumens and a lamp life of 3,500 hours. So, at about 1,750 hours, it will begin to get more dim, which indicates we might need to purchase a new 5J.J7L.001 replacement projector lamp.

             There are a few ways to measure lumens. Most require a light meter tool, such as the procedure developed by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). This includes measuring nine points in a projected image that is 100% white, with the projector being the only light source in the room. To measure the brightness of the projector rather than the light being reflected off the screen, the meter is held with its back flat against the screen, and the sensor facing the projector. The meter will measure in units called Lux. Then they use this formula to convert the measurement to lumens:

ANSI lumens = average of Lux readings X image area in square meters.Luckily for the average projector user who does not own an expensive light meter, we can now download apps on our smartphones that will do all that hard work for us! They might not be as accurate as an actual light meter, but it will give you a great estimate, which is all you need. All you will need to do is hold your phone to the light and it will measure the average amount of lumens for you.

Whether you are looking to purchase a new projector, or keeping up with your current one, lumens are a good indicator of what projector you will need, and when it’s time to replace your projector lamp.

Click over to our homepage to search for your replacement projector lamp today!

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Does Your Projector Need a Check-Up?

As the Covid-19 pandemic continues to impact our daily routines, many of us have been doing our best to practice social distancing and other safety measures. While we begin to settle in and get adjusted to our new at-home routines, one thing is for sure; we all need a little entertainment to take our minds off of these stressful and unprecedented circumstances.

ELPLP96 Epson
ELPLP85 Epson

Now is the perfect time to bring out your Epson Home Cinema 3100 projector! With it’s 3D technology, 1080p resolution, and 2,600 lumens of color brightness, it’s the best way to immerse yourself in the world of your favorite TV shows, movies, and video games. It might also be time to think about getting a replacement V13H010L85 replacement lamp, in order to avoid dim images and any untimely issues.

We have some tips to help you check-up on your projector and to make sure that you’re getting the top-quality entertainment experience you and your family deserve. 

 Similar to how people may go to the doctor when they can tell they’re feeling under-the-weather, or are not able to work at their usual pace, there’s certain symptoms that we can begin to recognize in our projector which may signify to us that it is time for a check-up. The first symptom that projectors will begin to exhibit is: a dull, dark picture as a result of dimming that unavoidably occurs as projector lamps begin to age. At that point, it’s usually a great idea to purchase a replacement projector lamp, not only to restore your brightness and color quality, but also to avoid any damage to your projector in the future, which can be caused when an old projector lamp is left in for too long.

ELPLP96 Epson
ELPLP96 Epson

For example, if you have an Epson Home Cinema 660 projector, your projector is capable of displaying 3,300 lumens for about 6,000 hours. It initially is very bright, then, after about 4,500 hours of use, you’ll really begin to notice the decrease in brightness of the picture. This can indicate to you that it’s time to purchase a V13H010L96 replacement projector lamp. After the initial dimness, some projectors may flash certain colors or display a message on the screen to indicate that a lamp change is necessary. It’s best to avoid getting to that point. 

Another easy way to keep yourself updated on the health of your projector lamp is by checking on the projector menu. Many projectors will show the number of hours the projector has been in use. If your projector doesn’t have this feature, then the lifespan of the lamp can be located in the user guide or manual, and you can simply subtract the approximate number of hours it was in use from the life span.

ELPLP68 Epson
ELPLP68 Epson

Whichever method you use, it is recommended that you consider purchasing a replacement projector lamp when the lamp approaches 75% of its life span. Let’s take an Epson H421A as an example; it has a life span of 4,000 hours, so 75% of its lifespan would be 3,000 hours. That is approximately when a replacement V13H010L68 projector lamp could be in order.

Another thing to keep in mind is, when you receive your replacement lamp, it is strongly recommended that you install the new lamp while it’s still under warranty. 

         Stay safe and healthy from all of us here at PurelandSupply.com

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