Counterfeit projector lamps are lurking out there. Disguised as the real deal. They wait until you put them into your projector and then the nightmare begins.
Don’t fall prey to the horrors of zombie generics. Buy authentic. Stay safe out there. Beware!
Zombie problem 1: Brain explodes
Zombie counterfeits often have filaments that are unable to light the gases in the arc so the lamp continues to heat up. The unlit arc tube will get so hot that it’s head explodes in the projector. You’ll hear the loud pop and smoke may come pouring out of your projector. You have generic guts in your projector.
Turn off the projector immediately and follow these steps:
- Turn the projector off immediately. Unplug the AC cord.
- Wait for the projector/RPTV to cool down.
- Open a window to ventilate the room. Avoid breathing in any dust from the lamp
- Check there are no broken shards or pieces of glass around the projector or coming out from the cooling air circulation vents. Check the interior of the RPTV.
- Use rubber gloves to pick up any shards or broken bits of lamp coming out of the projector. These lamps contain mercury so don’t handle any shards with bare hands.
- Place shards in closed containers to avoid generating dust and mercury vapour. Don’t put the container into the regular garbage or down the drain. Send the remains to a hazardous waste facility near you.
- Don’t attempt to clean up the inside of the projector.
- Take the projector into an authorized service station. They will clean the inside of the projector thoroughly with a mercury vacuum cleaner. Never use a regular vacuum cleaner to do this.
- Ask the service technician to do a thorough check of the unit paying attention to the ballast and color wheel
Zombie problem 2: The picture is bad
Unfortunately zombie counterfeits are not made with the same materials as OEM lamps. They simply can’t perform as well or deliver a quality picture. You’ll have to install an authentic lamp to keep your projector working at its optimum level.
Your colors are not going to be as vivid, your blacks not as rich and the whole look of the picture will look off. Zombie generics simply can’t deliver good picture quality — they haven’t been made with the proper materials to work with the sophisticated optics in your projector.
Solution: Remove that Zombie! Buy authentic.
Zombie scenario 3: Headaches
After years of research, PHILIPS developed a revolutionary arc tube filled with a mercury-argon mixture creating intense light but less heat. This new technology allowed both the lamp and projector to become smaller and the new 1080p projector was born.
This is a patented technology not available to non-OEM counterfeit manufacturers. Without the proper materials and equipment, copycat manufacturers resort to using Krypton-85 for the same effect.
This radioactive gas is created by nuclear reactors during the fission between uranium and plutonium and while it’s safe used in a controlled environment, it’s dangerous in a business or school setting. There are some disturbing side effects.
Zombie alert! Short-term symptoms of Krypton-85 exposure :
- loss of consciousness
Solution: Get rid of your zombie lamp immediately and open windows to clear out this gas. Buy authentic.
Zombie scenario 4: Your eyes hurt
PHILIPS lamps use a UV coated reflectors allowing for a brighter and more vibrant picture. These reflectors reduce the harmful rays so you don’t damage your eyes looking into the projector. Generic lamps have a non-coated reflector and without this coating looking into the lamps is similar to looking directly into the sun.
Prolonged UV exposure eventually damages the retina causing macular degeneration, eventually resulting in permanent blindness. Operating your projector with a generic compatible lamp means putting your eyesight at risk. Buy authentic.
Solution: Stop using zombie lamps! Buy authentic.
However, if you did get possessed by the spell of zombie generics, reclaim your projector by installing an authentic lamp. Don’t let the horrors of generic zombie lamps haunt you. Buy authentic today.