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

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.

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!

Projectors for Houses of Worship

As with all large organized gatherings, Churches, Synagogues and other places of worship rely on digital projectors to help share the experience with their members.

Projectors offer an impactful way to bring the group of worshipers together in song, to recite a prayer or testify to everyone. Depending on the size and scope of the group of parishioners, different projectors work well in achieving this.

For our purposes we will look at a few digital projectors and the projector lamps they need. Since houses of worship vary in size and needs, we will look at the varying sizes of projectors for each situation.

Optoma W400+ WXGA Projector using BL-FP200B Lamp

For small congregations, there is no need for ultra large images or brightness that needs to overcome the ambient lighting. The Optoma W400+ WXGA projector would work well. It is rated at 4000 Lumens, with a WXGA resolution (1280×800). This projector can even throw up to a 385″ image from 40′ away. The average size will be around 100″ for a screen but this Optoma has a lot of options. Replacing the projector lamp is also quite easy. Visit this link if you need a BL-FP220B for your Optoma W400+.

Another option is the venerable Viewsonic PG603W. Displaying Hymns or prayers for a smaller congregation will be easy to see with ambient light due to the 3600 lumen output. This is helped with the high contrast ratio (22,000:1). If this is coupled with an ALR screen, the image is comparable to a large TV monitor. The Viewsonic PG603W uses an RLC-109 replacement lamp available here. Keep your projector fresh and bright with a new lamp.

This Viewsonic fits well even in larger houses of worship. However there are size limitations at this level. To handle a larger congregation, there is another level of projector for medium-sized organizations.

The Epson PowerLite 5535U LCD projector has the capability of projecting a larger image than either the Optoma or the Viewsonic. For a medium-sized church, this sort of projector is a better option.

At 5,000 Lumens it is a bit brighter than the previous two. It has a slightly higher resolution of 1920 x 1080. This helps with clarity at larger screen sizes. This model can project up to 419″ with a 1x telephoto lens at 68′ from the screen. This tends to work well for medium-sized houses of worship. It gives multiple mounting options such as ceiling or even rear projection if there is a lot of ambient light. You can buy a ELPLP95 replacement projector lamp here for your Epson PowerLite 5535U.

The second suggestion for the medium-sized congregation is the NEC NP-P554U. This mini sun-in-a-box has a rated output of a whopping 5500 lumens using the NEC NP44LP replacement projector lamp. This is plenty of light for seeing the messages displayed by your Easy Worship Software (or ProPresenter among others).

NEC NP-P554U LCD projector with NP44LP replacement lamp

The 20,000:1 contrast ratio is made possible by a high speed auto iris that helps give crisp black levels even with the high lumen output. the NP44LP replacement projector lamp housing uses a high quality Philips bulb inside to achieve that stellar level of brightness. The NEC NP-P554U supports control via a standard network to allow control remotely by your technical staff. With all types of inputs (HDMI, VGA etc) you can connect legacy devices as easily as modern devices. This NEC is a great option for mid-sized solutions. If you have a large house of worship, then there is another tier of projectors that will serve your needs even better.

The Epson PowerLite Pro G7500U is the Mack truck for the House of Worship projectors (in my opinion). This robust LCD projector has no less than 6,500 lumens of brightness. At 6500 lumens this is the brightest model in this list. It also has a very high 50,000:1 contrast ratio, which definitely is noticeable when it is projecting its 38′ image. The high resolution of 1920 x 1200 makes sure the pixel density is such that even at almost 40′, the image is crisp and clear. Unlike lower resolution projectors (1280 x 768), the Epson PowerLite Pro G7500U will not be blurry when the image is that large. Being that it would be used in a large venue, its mounting point would be about 60′ away from the screen. This leaves plenty of room for participants to watch the videos or follow along with the songs.

epson PowerLite Pro G7500U with ELPLP93 replacement lamp


Pureland Supply offers replacement projector lamps for this model as well. The Epson PowerLite Pro G7500U takes the ELPLP93 lamp that we have on sale here.

Houses of worship are always updating and improving the experience for their patrons/congregation. Making the experience immersive and almost magic is only possible by using the proper technology for your specific needs. There are many other projectors out there that fit similar needs.

PurelandSupply.com has the replacement projector lamps in stock for same day shipment. PurelandSupply.com has also partnered with FedEx to help us offer 7 day delivery options for many locations. This can help you keep your projector up and running for your weekend or weekday services. We also offer expedited delivery service if you need an overnight delivery between Friday and Saturday. This can help those weekends when you have a service Sunday and your existing projector decides it needs a new lamp on Friday.

Feel free to call or email our knowledgeable staff with any questions you might have Monday through Friday 9am to 5pm at 1-800-664-6671.

You can visit our website, www.purelandsupply.com any time of the week, any time of the day.

From all of us an PurelandSupply.com we wish you, your family and your congregation a happy and healthy summer.

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.

FedEx Logo

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…

homeTheaterProjector

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!

Lumens or Lux? Watts or Whats? How Bright Can My Lamp Shine?

A few months ago, I was watching a program on my Optoma HD800 and I noticed that the usually darkly lit show was more darkly lit than normal.  After the show I decided my lamp was too dim.  Being that I have connections in the ‘biz’, I was able to get a new lamp pretty easily a few days later. When I went to put it in, my wife casually asked,” Could you get a brighter lamp instead of that one?”.  I told her the short answer which is ,”No, the brightness is set by the factory” and went on my way.  Her question was reasonable and it stuck with me.

I happened to mention it to one of our Customer Service reps who told me, “I hear that a lot.” – “Customers ask if they can get a brighter lamp with higher watts or more lumens”.  I can’t say I was surprised to hear it.  We learned back when Incandescent bulbs were the norm , that we could buy a 100Watt bulb instead of a 60Watt bulb if we wanted our kitchen brighter. As long as the socket didnt melt, you could really cram anything that would light into the lamp and get a lot of light.

Then with projectors you hear that the lamp needs to be changed and the same logic makes sense.  If the bulb for my HD800 says its a 300Watt, then why can’t I buy another that is 400W and get a brighter picture?

Simple answer is that you can’t.

Those who have read this blog in the past knows that I don’t stop here with a simple answer.

Anyone who says you can use a higher wattage bulb for a brighter image isn’t giving you the proper information and could lead to a damaged TV or Projector.

Lets dive into how brightness is rated in lamps, ALL lamps.

Old bulbs used to list their wattage.  At the time, it was our only reference.

Wattage is not a rating of brightness, it is a rating of power required to run the bulb.  To get extra technical, wattage is a result of Current multiplied by Voltage or P=IV.  The average US house has a voltage of 110 volts(anywhere from 105-125v).  That means the old 100Watt incandescent bulb used 110volts to heat up its filament and create light.

That gives us two of the numbers.  100(watts)=I(amps) x 110(volts).

100/110=I , I=0.91 amps(0.909090909090909)

With that simple math we now know the power needed but none of that gives us a quantifiable brightness amount.  We essentially ‘knew’ that a 100W bulb was brighter than a 60W.

This is where Lux and Lumens come into play.  Lux is a true measure of light.  One lux is the equivalent of 1 lit candle or 1 candle power. I prefer Lux myself as its an actual unit of light.  Lumens is an average of Lux.  Lumen is also known as luminous flux.  I know that makes very little sense.

If you want to read up on the specifics of Lumens such as how they are calculated via Steradians, there is a nice article in Wikipedia.

For our explanation I am going to simplify it by saying Lumens are essentially a measurement of perceived brightness at your eyes.  Where as Lux is a measurement of the light as it is emitted directly from the bulb, Lumens ignore the light components that are not seen, such as Infrared and Ultraviolet light.  The light emitted from the bulb has many more optical components than the light that is reflected off the screen, but when you are watching a movie, that is all that matters.

One lumen would be the average measurement of 1 lux over a one square meter white surface that is projected from one meter away.  The actual lux over that square meter will vary from less than one Lux to over one Lux. Once its averaged, the final number can be interpreted as One Lumen. That is the light output that your eyes see. In my opinion that is the most important part. If the specs say the projector is 10,000 Lumen and it looks dim in comparison to a 5,000 lumen, the the specs mean nothing.

Lumens are partially dictated by the optics inside the projector.  The more color filtering and lenses you have inside, the more the amount of Lumens are affected.

This is why many projectors who use the same bulb have varying Lumen ratings.  It also starts to explain why there isn’t a brighter lamp you can purchase to make your Projector or Rear Projection TV brighter.

Your TV or Projector lamp is not an incandescent bulb. It is an Arc-Lamp. That means there is no ‘filament’ in the classic sense. There are 2 electrical contacts inside the glass globe that sustain a spark, or ‘Arc’ that excite the gas mix inside to emit the photons that make the light.   To make and sustain that arc properly, the device uses a separate power supply called a ballast to drive that lamp. The ballast has a set power output that is only going to run at the designed level. Putting a larger wattage arc lamp in, will only run at the ballasts output and no higher.

Some models use the same lamp but have a different ballast rating that will only drive the lamp so much.

For instance, if I installed a 350W bulb in place of my 300W bulb my picture would only be as bright as the 300W bulb.  That is because the ballast inside that runs the lamp, is designed for that particular projector. When the manufacturer designs the projector, they have to decide on the balance between Lumens and Picture quality.  The brighter the image, the lower the possible contrast ratio.  They tend to find a very reasonable balance between the two.

When the lamp is shining its light in your TV or Projector, the light is passing through numerous light filters, lenses and mirrors. These also affect the Lumen output.

Lumens are a convenient way to compare how well a projector will work in your viewing area or against other projectors. If you are using a basement as a home theater, the Lumen output is not as important as it would be in a family room with windows.

Projecting an image long distances(an auditorium) requires high Lumens.  The moisture and suspended dust particles in the air can block a significant amount of light. Next time you are in the movie theater, look at the dust floating in the light beam outside the projection booth. Every fleck of dust is preventing a tiny bit of light from reaching the screen to reflect into your eyes.

All projectors and rear projection TV’s(regardless of the display technology) are designed with a particular type of bulb and housing in mind.  The manufacturers determine the best balance between image quality and brightness for the price point.

When purchasing a new lamp for your existing Projector or TV, know that Pureland Supply uses Original Brand Bulbs in our housings to give you the same brightness and image quality that the manufacturer intended.