asks: "Now that the DLP TVs have been
in customers' hands for the last few years, there are problem histories that are begining to unfold. According to Toshiba's DLP TV User Manual: 'The average useful service life for the lamp is approximately 8,000 hours in LOW POWER or 6,000 hours in HI BRIGHT MODE.' However there were problems with certain 2005 Toshiba models that saw
the lamp lifetime at only a few hundred hours or less. Toshiba replaced the lamps in these models at no cost and extended the lamp warranty to 2 years. According to an FAQ on About.com the lamps currently last an average of 1500 hours. Whether or not Toshiba has resolved the problem remains to be seen, as only time will give the real indication. There also seems to be lamp issues with some 2004 models as well, but Toshiba does not seem to be stepping forward to resolve the issues in this case. The customer
ire is starting to rise, however. Will there be similar problems for the 2006 models once enough time has
Most people probably would use the information provided by Toshiba to make
a decision about what the lamp maintenance costs would be for DLP
ownership. However if lamps only last for 1500 hours, then
that's a 400% increase in costs over what Toshiba is presenting to
customers. The cost of a lamp is $200 or more, and for a family
household that averages 6 to 8 hours of TV viewing per day, this
translates to a new lamp every 187 to 250 days. Strangely enough the
Toshiba warranty on a replacement lamp not covered by the original TV
warranty is 180 days.
It's possible that the death blow has already been struck. It appears that no
longer carries DLP TVs in its product line."