2020 Pureland Supply Scholarship Winner

Congratulations to Kailey LeMay – Winner of the 2020 Pureland Supply Scholarship!

Congratulations to Kailey LeMay, this year’s winner of the Pureland Supply Scholarship for students attending school for the study of trade, craft or labor occupations!

Kailey is a 2020 graduate of Paul’s Valley High School in Oklahoma.  In the fall semester she will attend the Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology for the study of Orthotic & Prosthetic Technologies.  Her goal is to help people who are healing from injuries and medical conditions and those who have lost a limb.

Kailey tells us that “orthotic and prosthetic devices change the lives of people suffering from neuromuscular or skeletal conditions and limb loss that result in need of an orthosis or prothesis.”  Having access to a prosthetic device can dramatically change the life of an amputee or wounded veteran.  She was first inspired by Bethany Hamilton’s accomplishments after losing her arm due to a shark attack.  After researching the achievements of other amputees who are sports figures, Kailey felt it would be rewarding to choose this field.  In addition, after her own experience with orthotics, Kailey hopes to improve the design of some of orthotic devices “to make them more functional, realistic, and comfortable for the people wearing them.”

We wish Kailey success in her future career in Orthotic and Prosthetic Tech and congratulate her as our 2020 Pureland Supply Scholarship winner!

To apply for the 2021 PurelandSupply Scholarship, click HERE to learn more.

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PurelandSupply’s Response to COVID-19

I am sure you have seen dozens or more internet posts and emails about how non-medical companies are dealing with COVID-19. Some companies unfortunately had to close temporarily, while others are spending extra time sanitizing and re-stocking essentials for those of you who are doing your part by staying inside.

PurelandSupply is in a unique position. We are considered allowed to stay open as per the governor of our state. PurelandSupply is permitted to continue operations. That means we can ship your replacement projector lamps without any problems or delays. If you place your order before 5pm EST, it will still ship the same day. Our goal is the least amount of disruption for our customer as possible.

The CDC says the safest thing to do is to stay home, and we encouraged our office employees to stay home with a work from home option. Pureland Supply has a stellar team, everyone opted to work from home rather than take the time off. While projector lamps are not respirators or food, they do make your time stuck in your house more enjoyable by getting that Epson projector back into use.

Or… You know that BenQ, in your basement home theater that had its lamp fail after New Year’s?

Of course you had planned to replace it eventually, but since you are home a good time is now!

Order it now! Here is a link to the search page!
The blog will still be here for you.

Our warehouse staff has been wearing gloves and cleaning the packaging area to make sure the chances of any invisible hitch hikers is minimized. Our paperwork is not being handled by any human hands even after it is printed. The same hygienic warehouse staff makes sure your paperwork is included without any human hands touching it.

They wear gloves all day to ensure their safety and yours.

Some may say, it is ‘just’ a projector lamp, but as the past few weeks have shown, being stuck at home can get tedious. Using your home theater projector to watch some movies with your family or escape the pandemic with some 110″ video games or binge watching shows. These are great ways to pass the time.

We will continue to follow these procedures to ensure your safety and ours. Unless the current situation changes, we expect to stay open and processing orders. Stock is coming in. We have lamps you can buy and we are shipping them with free FedEx ground shipping. In fact, if you are in a metropolitan area, FedEx is delivering on a 7-day schedule. No more waiting for a lamp to show up on Monday when it is now able to be delivered on Saturday!

Please keep following the advice and direction of the CDC and stay home to help stop the spread and alleviate the strain on our healthcare providers.

Do that by watching your projector, and if your projector needs a lamp, follow this link and buy one today!

From all of us at PurelandSupply.com, we wish good health and safe days ahead.

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All About Lamps!

Projector lamps are not as mysterious as they seem. They are definitely high technology but once you learn about the specifics, they are more science than magic.

The end goal is to educate you, the potential customer.
Then you can make the best choice when replacing your projector lamp. Obviously, I hope you buy it from us, but if not, I want you to be confident in your choice if you don’t.

Projector lamps fail for all sorts of reason. Projector lamps are designed to run a certain amount of time. That design relies on certain constants, such as cooling and run time. The cooler a lamp runs, the longer it will run properly. The hotter it runs, the shorter it’s run time will be. By nature of design they generate a lot of heat. The manufacturer of your projector has a built-in method to handle that heat. Therefore there are so many fans, and in some cases, air filters. They manage the heat by drawing in cool ambient air and blowing out the hot air generated by the lamp and other electronics.

If your projector has been sitting in the same place for a while, it will get dust inside and that will affect the cooling functions. Most of the time this affect is minimal, but if you notice your lamps failing early (especially if they burst when they fail) you may have a deeper build-up of dust causing the temperature to run higher than it should. Projectors will sense if they get too hot and will warn you, but they will not notice if they are running hotter than they should if it’s not as hot as the overheating threshold. This is the main cause of short lamp life, but not the main cause of lamp failure.

The main cause of lamp failure is old age of the lamp. Once the lamp has been used for its designed life span, the image will be dim, colors not as vibrant. The lamp may take longer to come on. Instead of seeing the picture 10-15 seconds after power-on, it may take up to one minute or more. Most projectors will have an on-screen warning. They will display “Lamp Time Expired” or “Replace Your Projector Lamp”. There are many different messages. Your manual will have the warning specific to your projector. The other symptom is no light at all. You press power, the fans turn on, and you hear the projector try to start but after 3 tries you see the Lamp LED turn on or flash (model dependent).

Many people will continue to run the lamp after the message appears, but I strongly advise you to replace the lamp as soon as you see the message or warning. Continuing to run the lamp puts your projector at risk for serious damage. If your lamp runs too far past its rated hours, the quarts glass can get soft and cause part of the lamp to explode inside. This throws molten glass all over the inside and can truly ruin your projector at the worst. At the best you will need to pay for a professional cleaning to remove the glass to keep it from jamming a fan or breaking a color wheel. This isn’t the point of this article, but I wanted to address it.

The short of it is, replace your lamp when you get the warning. Spend the money now rather than waiting and having to potentially spend 3x the amount on repair and a lamp once it explodes.

Now to the replacement options. There are so many options. So many that it is confusing, and many sellers take advantage of this. I am going to focus on the tactics and methods used to take advantage of consumers so that you are not taken advantage of.

Let us go over the types of replacement lamps.

  1. OEM from the manufacturer. This is the most expensive option. It will arrive in a box that has the logo of your projector manufacturer usually. Some companies have merged and been bought lately so it might say Panasonic if you own a Sanyo, but no matter what, the box will have an original manufacturer name. These are not always the best option though. Unless you are still under the original warranty there is no real need to buy an OEM. Most OEM lamps are not actually made by the company they are sold for. Many are made by companies who also make them for the aftermarket. This brings us to the next type.
  2. Aftermarket with Original Bulb Inside. This is what we sell. We only offer lamps that are built with a proper manufacturer bulb. We use lamps that utilize Philips, Ushio, Phoenix, Matsushita, and Osram replacement bulbs inside. There are no compatible bulbs or recycled bulbs. These are brand new bulbs, that are built into brand new housings. The housings we sell (with the original bulb) are made for the aftermarket. This means that there are no corners cut and the lamp housing and its parts are brand new. This is important. All the lenses, the bulb brackets and connectors are all brand new and tested to fit and perform as the original. You can save as much as 80% on the cost over the OEM. Our manufacturer has been in business almost as long as we have. We work closely with them to ensure the lamps we sell are top notch options. Many customers use us exclusively because we only focus on lamps. We do not bother with other items so that we can be sure that the lamps we sell are the best option.
  3. Aftermarket with Compatible Bulb Inside. Not a great option for 95% of the customers. There are many old projectors that no longer have OEM or Original Bulb Inside options. Old Rear Projection TVs that use lamps may also be a candidate for compatible lamps. These use bulbs made overseas on old factory equipment. They are non-branded and usually built to unknown specifications. The life span can be hours or days. The light output may vary even across the same models. These are normally seen on Amazon or on more unscrupulous websites that advertise them as OEM equivalents. I always look at the price. If you see a lamp for $20-40, then you can be pretty sure it’s a compatible regardless of the title of the listing. They use terms like “Genuine” or, ” Original Quality”. They even try and make it look real by assigning a “brand”. Just because it has a real name, doesn’t make it a good lamp. The only time (in my opinion) to buy a compatible lamp is when you have no other options or you don’t really care how the lamp runs. Maybe you have a 15 year old projector and want to run it outside for a weekend party? Compatible lamp might be an option. That said, it still may fail before the party is over. I never would buy a compatible personally, but your mileage (and needs) may vary.

The important thing to know is that the cost of a projector lamp is directly in line with the quality of the projector lamp. That price is determined by the manufacturer and how much they spent on the parts. This is why some lamps are $30 and the same part number might be $130 elsewhere. This is not greed. This is purely the level of quality.

Here are a few things to look for when purchasing a replacement projector lamp. These items will directly affect your picture quality, projector longevity and the amount you will end up spending to keep your projector running.

  1. Bulb/Lamp type.


    The bulb or lamp is the actual working portion of your projector lamp. This is the glass and ceramic item that emits the light. You can see it by following the wires from the connector to where they are affixed (usually with a pair of screws). If the projector lamp you are at is using a bulb from a major manufacture, it will say Philips/UHP, Osram/PVIP, Ushio/NSHA, Phoenix/SHP, Matsushita/HS or Iwasaki/UHE. If there is no name listed, you can be reasonably sure it is a knock-off and not worth your time or money
  2. Housing construction.

    Good housing on right, bad housing on left
    Look for housings that have good quality moldings. Many aftermarket housings are made in the same factory as the OEM. Therefor the projector lamp housing should have the same general shade of black instead of a grey or lighter look. This ensures the special high temperature plastic is formulated right to ensure long operation without any warping of the housings. This makes your lamp run longer and keeps the light pointing where it should.
  3. Housing vent alignment.

    Good vent
    Inside many projector lamp housings there is a set of metal vents that point the projector’s cooling air where is needs to be. This cools the inside of the bulb, where most of the heat is generated. If your old lamp had a failure where the wire burned off the end (like in this picture), it indicates a lack of cooling air or a miss-aligned or just missing vent assembly. This will shorten the life of the lamp drastically. Many compatible lamps do not use the vents correct or at all. This makes them cost less but makes them fail very quickly.
  4. Connector wires.
    Wire Types
    You would think wire is wire. Wire is not just wire in a projector lamp. Wires in projector lamps are designed to handle the heat and high-power electricity that makes projector lamps work. Most projector lamps use a 20,000 volt insulated wire made from silicone. This wire is rated to at least 300f(150c) and 10-20KV. During initial projector lamp ignition, this voltage can be up to and over 10,000V. During normal use, the power can be as high as 3-4 amps at 100-120v. To a normal person, this is a lot of power for a wire. Many compatible lamps use normal wire that is only rated to 300v and 150f(70c). This can lead to melted wires and short circuits in projectors. A bad time either way unless you have the right wire, which costs more than the cheap wire. Again, you get what you pay for.
  5. IR Block Lens.

    IR Block Lens
    This only applies to DLP projector lamps, but it is a critical and commonly ignored issue. This is the piece of glass that sits in the front of the projector lamp housing. It should have a coating that is obviously red/blue/purple when you look at it from a slight angle. this coating is what blocks the infrared light radiation from getting past the color wheel and causing its sensor to fail, or letting the infrared radiation get inside the optical assembly causing the internals to overheat and ruin things like the DLP chip or the lenses that are expensive and difficult to replace. An incorrectly coated IR block lens can truly ruin your projector.
    As I said above, the red/blue/purplish coating is what you want. If you see no coating or a ‘greenish’ coating, that lamp is a lamp that will ruin your projector. The proper coating has to be applied with special plasma sputtering equipment which is not cheap. The extra cost this adds to the lamp is worth it when you look at repair costs for things that the infrared light radiation can damage.

These are the main items to look for when you buy a replacement projector lamp. Hopefully you buy it from us, but if not, this will tell you what you need to know to make an informed choice.
Every lamp on Amazon is not the same. Every lamp you find on Google is not the same. Knowing what makes them different is the best tool you, as the consumer can have to make the decision that works best for you.

If you have any questions about our projector lamps, please get in touch with our very well-trained staff. They can assist you in finding the high-quality lamp you need and will have it shipped as quickly as you need. They can also answer any questions you have after you receive your lamp whether it be an install or troubleshooting question.
They can be reached Monday through Friday, 9am to 5pm Eastern Standard time at 1-800-664-6671, Sales@Purelandsupply.com or via our Online chat.

As always, Thank You from all of us at PurelandSupply.com!

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2020 Is Another Good Year for Customers of PurelandSupply.com

Did I catch your eye?

If you are not a current customer of PurelandSupply.com I hope I did.

This also applies to current customers but we have decided to take advantage of a new FedEx delivery program that targets metropolitan areas with 7 day a week delivery to your home/residential address.

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If you place an order before 5pm Eastern Standard time, Monday through Friday for free residential ground shipping, your order will still ship the same day.

We are one of the few companies who actually stock their products. We do not have items drop shipped. Not that drop-shipping is bad, but we truly have the stock that we list on the website. When you need a new Optoma projector lamp and you see we have three, I can walk out to the warehouse and see those three lamps.

Many times, the order may be in the delivery area on a Saturday. Before this, you would have to wait until Monday. Your poor lonely projector lamp is sitting in a cold dark delivery truck for two extra days.
Now FedEx will deliver that projector lamp to you on Saturday or Sunday, depending on your distance. This may mean you can watch your projector up to two days earlier! What does that really mean?

It means you can play two extra days of Madden or FIFA, two extra days of watching Gordon Ramsay lamenting poorly made scallops, or two extra days of watching The Witcher…


Mostly it means you can replace your existing Projector lamp up to two days earlier and not having to worry about it again for another few years until this lamp is up for replacement.

The best part about this is it costs you NOTHING extra. PurelandSupply looked at the needs of projector owners. We evaluated what services would help our customers obtain their product as quickly and as inexpensively as possible. We spent months evaluating options and verifying the cities that were promised this service. We worked with FedEx in depth to make sure this plan was one of convenience and value. I think we hit the nail on the head, and I hope you do as well.

Keep in mind this only applies to Home and Residential areas. If you are in a commercial location, unfortunately you may not be able to take advantage of this to that address. Of course, if you ship it to your house instead of your office, it still may be an option.

For more information about the program, such as what is considered residential/home, please follow this link to FedEx’s website where they have specific information and coverage areas. Most major cities and towns are covered. If you are in a ‘metropolitan’ area, then this should apply.

FedEx Home Delivery

If you need to get your projector lamp a little faster and are not concerned about the 7-day option, we still offer every form of FedEx expedited delivery. Everything from FedEx 2-Day, all the way to Next Day Saturday Delivery (order by 5pm Friday). See our Shipping page for more information and rates as well as the current 2020 FedEx ground time in transit map.

As always, please don’t hesitate to contact us via Email, Phone or Online-Chat. Our highly knowledgeable staff is here Monday – Friday, 9am to 5PM Est to answer your questions and handle any order concerns you might have.

Don’t wait until 2021 to take advantage of this opportunity to become a PurelandSupply.com customer! Follow us on Facebook and have a wonderful 2020!

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Happy Holidays! Now Replace Your Projector Lamp!

Row of Christmas Balls

2019 is barreling towards the end with Thanksgiving fading into the review mirror and the Christmas season sitting on our lap. This is a time of year when we worry about shopping for presents and getting your house in order for the beginning of 2020.

One important thing to get in order is your video projector. End of the year is a perfect time to replace your projector lamp. If you use your projector for movies, gaming, or general TV watching, you probably won’t notice that your image is darker than it used to be. This applies to all brands. Even Epson, Panasonic, BenQ, Casio, Mitsubishi and Dukane just to name a few. Granted if your projector is less than two years old, this isn’t an immediate issue. I hope you keep reading as this will apply to you eventually.

Replacing your projector lamp now will make certain you can entertain your guests over this holiday season. It will make watching the ball drop a lot better if everyone is not crowded around a puny 42″ TV. Instead everyone can watch it on a nice 110+” screen. 🙂

If you live in an area where the night temperatures are still not freezing, consider setting up your projector outside for New Years. You can shine it on the side of a house, using a simple white bed sheet as a screen. They work surprisingly well. I know if it wasn’t 20f here for New Years, I would do the same thing.

Having the ability to hang out with friends and family outside of your own house and watching the ball drop is wonderful. This will be a better experience if you know your projector lamp is in good nick.

Projector working outside

This is also a great time to perform the maintenance that your projector needs to keep running happily. Whether you are changing your projector lamp or not, you stand well advised to remove the existing projector lamp and use some low pressure air or a can of compressed air to loosen and remove any dust that has built up. I know maintenance is a common topic of this blog, but that is only because it is so critical and yet so ignored by information from the manufacturers. They stand to gain more than you if you do not maintain it. Think of maintenance as sticking it to the man!

While as a company we would hope to sell you projector lamps, we rather only sell them if you need one.

We don’t want your old lamp to fail early. We want your lamps to run as long as they are designed for. I’d rather have a happy return customer 2-3 years later, than a one-time customer who only gets a few months out of our projector lamps. By keeping your projector clean internally, this can be accomplished.

Feel free to go back and check some of our older blog posts on why maintenance is so important to maximizing your projector lamp’s life.

Since we do want to sell you a projector lamp, we opted to start a special 5% discount coupon code just for the readers of this blog. Head over to our search box and plug in your model number or projector lamp part number. Then you can use the coupon code HOLIDAY2019 to save 5% on your purchase. Like the rest of the year, we offer FREE Ground Shipping with your order. Take advantage of this offer and get your projector ready for the holidays. Then you can start 2020 with a fresh projector lamp and a nice clean projector.

HOLIDAY2019 Coupon Code for 5% Off your Purchase with
Free UPS Ground Shipping!!!!

Thank you and Happy Holidays from all of us at PurelandSupply.com!

Your Number One Source for Replacement Projector lamps.

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The End of Daylight Savings is the Best Time to Check Your Projector Lamp


Halloween is right upon us. Come Friday November 1, the 2019 Holiday season begins in earnest.

This is a great time of year to stop putting off replacing that projector lamp that has been nagging you to change it since June. Every football game starts off with pressing ‘enter’ on the remote to get rid of that nag screen.

Like most people, you will have family and friends over more often. Having your video projector running properly will alleviate some of that classic holiday stress. It won’t finish your shopping for you, or prevent the inevitable fruitcake but it will make it so you can lose yourself in your favorite holiday movie (Christmas Story is mine) or watching a snow storm streamed for far away if you happen to live in a warmer climate.

Projector lamps tend to fail at very inopportune times. If you are planning a family gathering to look at pictures or watch videos, that is when the old projector lamp will explode. It’s almost like they know when you really need them to work…

This is also a fantastic time to give your video projector a good cleaning. Especially if your lamp is still newer and not near its replacement time. A general light maintenance is a great way to ensure you get the full life out of your projector lamp.

We have recently lowered prices across many of the popular brands such as Epson and Panasonic. Take advantage of this and buy a replacement projector lamp before your lamp fails.

The best way to know if you should obtain a replacement is to check your lamp hours in the projector’s menu. If your lamp has used 75% of its life or more (ie. 1500 hours of a rated 2000-hour lifespan), it would be wise to buy a replacement now. Then install it when it arrives. Take the old lamp which still works and put it in the new lamps box and save that lamp for a backup.

Since Projector lamps slowly dim as they age, you will have the benefit of a much brighter picture. Then the old lamp is put aside as a backup in case the new projector lamp fails when it ages. It’s always good to have a backup, but always make sure the lamp you are using is the lamp with the warranty. That way if it fails during the six month/180 day warranty, you can take advantage of the warranty and not be stuck.

Stay tuned to our blog for an upcoming special on what pitfalls to watch out for when buying lamps online.

In the meantime, visit our home page or type your model number into our search box to find a new projector lamp with a proper original brand bulb inside. www.Purelandsupply.com

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Are You Ready for Football?

…Is your Projector?

The NFL kicks off today with the Bears hosting the Packers. I suspect most Chicago and Green Bay fans gave their projector a test run last week. No self respecting football fan would wait until the last minute right? Right?

If you are human like the rest of us, you were busy putting away your summer shorts and breaking out the flannel. That lamp worked last season. That means its OK for this season….maybe.

When a projector lamp starts to wear out, you don’t really notice. The decrease in brightness is very gradual. This makes it a lot easier to watch after a year or two of use. Remember, just because it’s lighting does not mean it’s OK.

5J.J3905.001 for BenQ W7000

This time of year is a perfect time to give your projector a quick cleaning. Vacuum out the air-vents and maybe give the vents a little blast of air. We have other blog posts about maintenance in detail. This is also a perfect time to replace your projector lamp if its getting old. Always change them before they fail if you can. Then you have a ‘known-good’ backup, a new bright picture and no chance of missing your favorite team start off the 2019-2020 season.

Check your projector lamp hours in the menu (some projectors do not offer this info, but most do). If you own a BenQ W7000, they use a 5J.J3905.001 projector lamp. If the 2000 hour life span is past 3/4 of it’s life (ie. over 1500 hours of a 2000 hour rating), then it is a good time to consider replacing the projector lamp. Especially if you are planning to use the projector more often with the autumn and winter sports seasons.

There are plenty of other reasons to replace your projector lamp. If you happen to be retired or retiring, like Andrew Luck of the Colts, then I definitely recommend replacing your projector lamp.

Check out our selection of projector lamps at https://www.purelandsupply.com/ ! Type in your model number or lamp ID number to our search box for your model and pricing. We offer Free UPS Ground with all orders. Feel free to call our highly trained and extremely knowledgeable staff at 1-800-664-6671 or email us 24/7 at Sales@PurelandSupply.com

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Are You Ready for School?


I finished my schooling some time ago. TV’s may have been the CRT type and the internet may have had more AOL than it does these days but preparing for the return to school is something that happens at the end of every summer around here.

My question is are you ready? This is mostly pointed to teachers, administrators and instructional media folks. Anyone who has to deal with video projectors and projector lamps.

This time of year is perfect to make sure you are ready to use your projectors. Over the summer the lack of use can allow dust and debris to build up over air-vents and lenses. Take some time to give your projectors a once-over with a damp cloth(no cleaner or solvent, just damp with water). This will pickup any obvious dust, preventing it from being pulled inside and causing you grief down the road.

Photo by NeONBRAND on Unsplash

When you do turn on the projector, take a moment to see how many hours are on your projector lamp. If you are remotely near the end of the projector lamp’s life, replacing the lamp now would put aside another chance of projector failure at an inconvenient time.

I recommend replacing your lamp before you get the end of life warning. Once you have about 10-15% (1700-1800 hours) of the life left of the 2,000 hours, the projector lamp is going to be unreliable. Some projectors have 5,000 and even 10,000 hour lamp ratings. The 10-15% life left rule would still apply but at higher hours.

Change the projector lamp before it fails. Then you put your old lamp in the desk or closet and save it as a backup. Even with 5% life left, the projector lamp will be a good backup in an emergency. It’s always better to err on the side of replacing the lamp early than trying to play projector-lamp-roulette and pushing it past its rated life span. When people do this, it is not saving them any more. It is giving them a terrible picture, and putting the projector at risk for an expensive repair.

New projector lamps are always brighter. They always improve your picture and they are always more reliable than a worn or wearing out projector lamp.

Put your model number into our search box and pick out a new lamp for your projector today.

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When Recycling Is Not Beneficial

Recycling is good for the environment. It keeps trash out of landfills that can be put back into manufacturing. Recycling can lower the cost of raw materials. Most of the time recycling is the answer to many issues affecting our environment.

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In one particular case, recycling is a terrible idea.

Recycling Projector lamps.

I do not mean scrapping the Projector lamp down and recycling its components. The glass, the metal, the plastic can all be recycled on it’s own.

I mean when the lamp has the old bulb removed and then a new or still working bulb is installed and then the projector lamp is sold as new or ‘Recycled Housing’.

Projector Lamp housings are made of consumable parts. Even though they do not have many moving parts, they do get subjected to a pretty taxing environment while they are in operation.

The average projector lamp runs at 500f or so inside the bulb reflector. The heat is cooled to a more reasonable temp once it gets to the plastic and the glass, but not too much less. This continues for the entire life of the projector lamp. That means the plastic and glass and metal has been exposed to wide temperature swings for 2,000-10,000 hours(depending on the model).

That amount of temperature swing (room temp up to a few hundred degrees) causes the lamp housing to degrade. On many lamps, there is a coating applied to the lens to protect and block ultraviolet and Infrared light. This coating degrades slowly and unnoticed until it lets too much UV/IR through. Once this occurs, your projector will be cooked from the inside out. In some rare cases, the IR/UV can be so strong it could damage your eyes!

worn out UV/IT lens
Lens is worn out but sometimes is used with a new bulb. Not a good idea
Worn Out Housing
This shows a well worn lamp that has plastic that is no longer suitable for use.

Another problem with re-used/recycled projector lamps is the degradation of the plastic. As the plastic is heated and cooled, the plastic properties begin to change. Projector lamps use glass fiber re-enforced plastic. The glass fibers will begin to ‘float’ to the surface. If you ever notice a ‘gray’ area next to the black in a lamp, that is where the glass fiber has begun to float to the surface. This causes the plastic to become less reliable structure wise. This can lead to a warped housing and the bulb being pointed away from the proper light path and may melt or cause a fire by heating an area that isn’t meant for light. The other issue with old plastic is the cooling air vents may no longer be as effective leading you to need a new lamp well before you should. These usually have short warranties or are a hassle to handle the warranty.

The connector is the most dangerous area of a recycled projector lamp. They connectors handle high voltage and high amperage. The need to be secure and strong. When a lamp gets used for many thousand hours, it will cause the connector to lose some of its flexibility. Then when it is re-installed, one of the metal pins can break loose from the plug and slide out of position without you knowing. This leads to a second arc/spark outside the projector lamp, inside the connector. The lamp connectors will then melt and burn into the TV or projectors connector.

Melted Connector for JVC
Connector melted. Projector needed $400 in repair work.

The amount of smoke it releases is impressive. This almost always requires the projector being sent somewhere for repair. The cost of a ballast and labor can be $350-500(or more). Many times, the projector is ruined and not cost effective to repair. This only means that instead of saving landfill space you are now adding a projector and a projector lamp to the trash.

Quite the opposite of recycling…

A smaller yet important issue with using recycled projector lamps is if your model uses one of the many on-board lamp timer modules. They are a small circuit that is built into the lamp. This records the run time and hours used. If the timer is not reset, you will not have a proper run time record and in many cases the projector will shut itself down in protest.

Timer Module
Lamp Timer Module For Sanyo,Christie,Eiki and Panasonic

Technically, this is because the projector thinks the lamp is worn out, but I say in protest as it doesn’t want to chance having a lamp explode inside.

Buying a new projector lamp with a genuine original bulb inside will prevent all of these possibilities. The cost savings on a recycled lamp are quickly surpassed by the cost of repair and replacement due to early failure.

A new projector lamp has a properly coated UV/IR cut lens, glass fiber evenly distributed throughout the housing, and a connector with strong connection pins.

A new projector lamp has little to no chance of melting inside your projector and damaging the internals.

If you need a place to safely send your lamps for Proper Recycling, check out https://www.lamprecycle.org/ or contact PurelandSupply.com.

You can ship old projector lamps to us directly and we will properly Recycle them at no charge. I recommend USPS as they are the cheapest shipping option. Refer to our Address info below.

210 Gale Lane
Kennett Square PA, 19348

Don’t take a chance to save a few dollars.

Buy new projector lamps and protect your investment as well as your eyes at Purelandsupply.com

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Congratulations to the 2019 Scholarship Winner – Jacob Popielarczyk!

Congratulations to Jacob Popielarczyk, the 2019 Pureland Supply scholarship winner!  Jacob graduated Charleroi Area High School in PA and will enter the Penn Commercial Business/Technical School to learn welding. 

Jacob loves working with metals and machinery and has been interested in welding since the age of 12.  As he describes it, “welding is used all around us and plays a primary role in the manufacturing sector, construction, transportation, maintenance/repair and energy.  It is a specialized skill that serves a wide variety of industries and is used in an immense amount of ways throughout the world.”  

Jacob looks forward to mastering “the precise, challenging and high-tech skill” that is welding.  He says, “There are endless career paths available in welding and advancement opportunities.  I am passionate about the industry and want to learn new and innovative techniques and to further my education upon completion of a certified program at Penn Commercial Business/Technical School and become a member of the Steamfitters or Iron Workers union.”  We congratulate Jacob and wish him the best in his future career!

Welding in only one of the many trades that qualify for the $1000.00 Pureland Supply Scholarship. 

This scholarship is available to students who have been accepted to an accredited trade school, vocational college, technical school or community college for the study of trade, craft, or labor occupations.  Recipients are chosen on their ability to describe how their chosen trade or field plays an important role in today’s world and why this is the path they have chosen.  To apply for the scholarship that will be award on May 1, 2020, visit


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