Just replaced the bulb on my Samsung 50" DLP TV this week. We were watching a movie, when we heard a large "pop" come from the DLP TV and the screen went black. Every few minutes we'd hear a "clicking" sound out of the TV, so I unplugged it and got online. My wife freaked out a bit.
We bought it in 2004, so it's almost exactly 5 years old at this point. I guess that's the life I would have expected out of the bulb. I was pleased to see that the replacement bulbs had come down in price significantly from when we bought the TV.
I bought the bulb from discount-merchant.com for $120 and normal shipping charges (also found a coupon code "fiveoff" for $5 off my order):
The company sounded a bit like a shady internet business, but the more research I did -the more comfortable I got with them. I decided to buy the whole assembly for the extra $10 and recommendations on the site. They are behind the site fixyourdlp.com where I found a cool illustrated article on how to change the bulb:
There were only 5 screws to remove and put back in. They also had the information to reset the hour counter on my TV (we had almost 10,000 hours on the old bulb according to the counter):
After I pulled the lamp assembly out of the TV -I could see where the bulb had burst inside the glass. The replacement lamp arrived 3 days after I placed the order on a Sunday night. Pretty impressive speed of delivery -and just what I expected. Cleaned the dust of the back of the TV set, followed the instructions, and fired the TV right up. Literally took only 10 minutes to change the bulb.
It was simple to do and discount-merchant.com was easy to deal with, though next time I may just consider buying a new TV...