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Title: Panasonic PT D5500U Bulbs
Post by: Nick Ulrich on April 07, 2011, 09:46:26 am
Hey Guys,

I'm an audio-jock who is looking for a pair of replacement bulbs for a PT D5500U projector. It looks like it'll run around $800 for the pair, but I was wondering if any of you have used non-OEM bulbs:

http://www.projectorquest.com/pt-d5500u-lamp.html?gdftrk=gdfV22194_a_7c1213_a_7c5366_a_7cET_d_LAD55W

Obviously I'm trying to fork over the cash, but if it's a "get what you pay for" thing, I'll suck it up.
Title: Re: Panasonic PT D5500U Bulbs
Post by: Arnold B. Krueger on May 13, 2011, 06:44:46 am
Hey Guys,

I'm an audio-jock who is looking for a pair of replacement bulbs for a PT D5500U projector. It looks like it'll run around $800 for the pair, but I was wondering if any of you have used non-OEM bulbs:

http://www.projectorquest.com/pt-d5500u-lamp.html?gdftrk=gdfV22194_a_7c1213_a_7c5366_a_7cET_d_LAD55W

Obviously I'm trying to fork over the cash, but if it's a "get what you pay for" thing, I'll suck it up.

I picked up a pair of 3rd party bulbs for my 5500 because it was very dim, and this turned out to be the beginning of a long struggle because the bulbs weren't the whole problem. The real problems were resolved by a $2500 trip to the factory service station in Kansas, whcih included re-replacement of the bulbs that I just paid about $500 a pair for. Parts replaced also included both ballasts, the color wheel, and some other parts. The machine now works, if memory serves, better than new.

$3 grand for an excellent used 5500 is probably not a bad deal. but I am kinda surprised that we had to go down this road at all.