Samsung HLN617W Lamp Replacement

Just received my replacement Philips lamps and DM adapter.
MANY questions!!
The new lamp is VENTED! Great idea – but HOW to orient the vents??
After much thought, I decided to mount the lamp with the vents horizontal. Several reasons: First – – it seems the fan blows side to side. In this orientation, the fan will be most effective to remove heat from the lamp.
Second: When the lamp fails, it seems to self destruct – forming great gobs of glass dust – and probably micro-pellets of mercury. Last thing I want is for that stuff to drip into the bottom of my TV set – – which is what will happen if the vents are vertically oriented.
Finally – – if the vents are vertical, then the heat from the lamp will vent out the top, against the plastic shell. Molten plastic doesn’t smell nice, so I’ll try to avoid that.
Next Topic: The enclosure currently in my set was made by LTI (I replaced the Philips bulb after 3500 hours – it hadn’t failed yet – but I figured there’s happiness in preventive maintenance). My experience with LTI – – NOT FREAKIN GOOD!!! First bulb failed after 55 hours. They replaced it. Second bulb exploded after 2141 hours (about a year). They won’t fool me again. It’s Philips or eternal darkness.
I used my new DM Philips bulb to replace the bulb in the LTI housing. It fits OK – in fact, maybe better than in the Philips housing?? !!! The LTI housing centers the bulb using small metal wedges – – seems to work fine – – HOWEVER – – please be aware!! The LTI housing is assembled with TORX screws!! You will need a TORX 10 to remove and reassemble the lamp housing. In addition, the Philips and the LTI lamps use different sized screws on the reflector connection!! DM does NOT include an electrode screw on their replacement lamp – – so you’ll have to figure something out. I used a #6-32 x 3/8″ machine screw, lock washer, and nut to secure the wire. All seems to work fine. In addition, the original Philips lamp had a heat reflector between the lamp and the center electrode (the LTI does not).
I wore powder and latex-free polybutadiene-acrylonitrile exam gloves to reassemble the lamp in the carrier to prevent finger oils from being left on the reflector/glass housing. I think these are available at most pharmacy “box stores” – like Walgreens, etc.
Finally – – when my original BP96-00224E Philips lamp finally does blow, it appears that the mounting fixture MAY block the new style lamp vents!!! (DM – – if you monitor this topic, PHOTOS of exactly how to mount your replacement lamp in the HLN617 carrier would be appreciated). I would like a step-by-step walk-through on how to replace the lamp in the original HLN style carrier. If I need to use my Dremmel Mototool to open up vents in the OEM lamp housing, DO let me know!!
Finally – – and I certainly HOPE this won’t be a problem: I purchased TWO replacement lamps – just to have an extra on-hand. Of course, I didn’t consider until later that the warranty is based on purchase date. Not sure how to handle the unexpected eventuality of the second lamp failing shortly after it’s installation – say 3 years from now.
Providing that I get reasonable life out of the DM product (no reason to suspect otherwise, as the lamp IS made by Philips), I have nothing but Kudos for the DM product. It works well (at least for the past 2 days), and providing you have the needed tools (typically just a philips screwdriver), and a bit more intelligence than your typical newt, you should be able to save about $100 over the cost of the OEM replacement. Also – – assuming that the vented lamp DOES turn out to be more durable than the OEM for the HLN sets, then we may even get a longevity bonus as well.
Merlin šŸ™‚

1 Comment

  1. DM certainly has their benefits. They have free extended warranty on these lamps, and I’m sure if you give them a call and explain the situation, they’ll warranty both the lamps for you for years to come!

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