Rebuilding the lamp - is it fesiable? **Epson EX3212**
I was given this projector due to a bad lamp preventing it from starting. That said, I installed a tester lamp I had from a BER EX3211 with a damaged 3LCD block (the cost to replace these blocks is basically the entire projector used).
As it stands now, the EX3212 works fine (I even put ~1.5-2 hours on it and it's still going strong), but the lamp I installed has 3,253 hours on it (the ELPLP67 lasts ~4-5k hours). Because of the hours it's close to being end of life to the point I can't reliably run this EX3212 without fearing a exploding lamp as I reset the counter. Yes I'm fully aware of the fact this is not a gaming projector by nature and it's a presentation machine but as a unit I'll run when I don't need a nice unit, it's fine. It isn't a fancy high end Epson HC with a 1920x1080 sensor, but these older depreciated Epsons are way better then those LED “projectors”, even at 800x600.
On these projectors in general I will save the dead lamp so it can be evaluated for rebuild. It looks like it may work out, but I can’t get a Phillips or OSRAM bulb for this one and it’ll need a clone like a Starlight (which isn’t unheard of with Epson, due to how they build the bare lamp; this isn’t like Optoma where you just need the Phillips/OSRAM part number), will I damage the projector by using an OEM Epson housing with an aftermarket lamp? Or is the cost to rebuild an Epson lamp propery not worth it and I should buy a new lamp from Pureland Supply? eBay lamps are fine for older units lacking HDMI IMO (the reason for this gap is non-HDMI units are usually very old at this point and are usually from 2004 or older. Yes, some of these HDMI models are 4-5 years old as well, but a lot of them aren’t much worse than a new one but that’s still reflected in the price). The Pureland Supply ELPLP67 isn’t cheap, but neither is the OEM one.
This is what it looks like: