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What is the difference between Lutema vs OEM Compatible projector lamps?

Lutema projector lamps have been assembled and tested by Lutema using the highest quality compatible lamps in the market. These lamps have been tunned to work in sync with the ballast or "lamp driver" to the specifcations provided by the OEM to insure optimal compatibility and longevity. On the other hand, OEM Compatible projector lamps are replicas of the original lamp by different companies who's factory and manufacturing processes have not been verified by the distributor. The design and specifications of the bulb are said to be the same as the OEM lamp on paper (i.e. they have the same wattage and arc type), however, since these lamps are not measured or tested by the projector manufacturer or Lutema; one can not be sure of their performance levels within the given projector models.

What is a Generic lamp?

Generic projector lamps are compatible or copy projector lamps not manufactured by the OEM projector lamp manufacturing company. A generic projector lamp will usually cost significantly less than a Lutema product because of:

  • Inferior workmanship quality
  • Lower manufacturing costs
  • Poor and inconsistent product lifespan
  • Failure to validate the manufacturing process or factory where the product was manufactured

If you’re buying a generic projector lamp, be prepared to eat the cost of its usage. A Lutema product may last 2 times as long for only a few extra dollars. There is risk of premature explosion and loss of lumens associated with purchasing an off-brand generic lamp product. We highly recommend the superior product if you are using the projector in a commercial or educational environment. The risks involved in using a generic compatible or infrior lamp are much higher and can cause some havoc in an auditorium or conference room setting.

For example: If you buy a Lutema projector lamp, it may cost about $130, but last you 1500-2000 hours. If you purchase an off-brand, compatible product for $80, you will have save $50, but the lamp may only last 500-800 hours... yet the risk of it going out or exploding during the middle of a conference are higher due to the instability of the ballast/lamp configuration. The cost-benefit analysis maintains you’d be better off purchasing the Lutema branded projector lamp.

Why Lutema projector lamps?

- Brightness (Luminosity)
Lamp is an integral part to bring outstanding brightness and color to your projected video display. Every component from the lamp, through the optics, power supply, electronics and including all processing algorithms are harmonized to give an optimum image.

- Color
Rich colors matter, but so does color uniformity. A Lutema replacement lamp guarantees the best chemical mix and optical alignment to give vibrant and consistent color across the whole image.

- Safety
Lamps operate at extremely high temperatures, this high voltage, high pressure quartz and glass component is safe to be handled and fitted by the customer, due to the scrupulous manufacturing and testing processes employed. For peace of mind, install
only Lutema or OEM parts into your Projector.

- Lamp Life (Durability)
With a Lutema lamp you can enjoy a near full lifespan from your projector replacement lamp. Uniquely engineered to operate with the projector's electrical components. The lamp is similar to the spark plug on your vehicle: the better the quality and smoother the sparking, the longer your vehicle's motor and start (or in this case your "Light Engine and Ballast") will last. Lamp durability and quality is directly related to the life of the other internal components of your overhead projector.

Why we recommend mostly Lutema brand lamps?

The AC based high pressured lamps pressure mercury lamp for projection and the lamps are manufactured using high quality standards and technology. The usual life span on these projector lamps are much higher than any other "compatible" projector lamp in the market, so per the cost benefit analysis you'd be better off purchasing the Lutema projector lamp. We tend to trust Lutema's product more than any of the other manufacturer's within the market other than Philips. Even though your projector may have come with a Phoenix lamp, a Lutema replacement projector lamp may be a superior and a longer lasting product. Here is a graph that outlines the performance and durability differences of Lutema vs Generic brand compatible lamps:

Comparison between Philips and Compatible

How do I know if what I'm about to buy is a Generic and why should I avoid it?

Generic projector lamps are built using the substandard components and build techniques that will result in a shorter life of the lamp or may even represent a safety issue. The main component of a projector lamp is the burner inside, and manufacturing of that is a complex task and requires high quality components. Burner in generic lamps are often made out of substandard components and does not match the required engineering capabilities, which results into less compelling colors and low lifespan. There are many grades of "GENERIC" branded Compatible lamps in the market which are readily available for substantially lower costs.... but in the end we often refer to the saying "you get what you pay for" in terms of quality and reliability. The following wordage are indicators of a Generic projector lamp:

OEM Compatible
OEM Replacement
Genuine Compatible
AL Lamp
E-Series Lamps
O-Series Lamps

The above wordage is generally used to confuse consumers into thinking that they are buying something other than a Generic (Non-OEM) projector lamp. Other leading indicator of generic projector lamps are:

  • Price - If it seems like the price is too cheap, so is the quality
  • Websites that do not disclose a brand of the projector bulb that is used inside the housing or cartridge
  • If the seller is selling a Lutema branded projector lamp, he will proudly let the customer know on his or her website

Why do we sell Generic OEM Compatible projector lamps?

The answer is simple, to serve the need of these lamps in the market. These projector lamps carry less warranty and we do not guarantee the same picture quality. We encourage all of our customers to purchase the Lutema lamp or the OEM lamp whether it be Philips, Osram, Ushio, Phoenix, Iwasaki, or Epson E-Torl. We believe that purchasing from us will help keep the industry and market honest. We are the only vendor on the internet that will provide honest information about the different lamp brands that exist within the market. We provide this information in good faith to allow each customer to make an educated deciscion on which product is the right choice for their particular situation.

Other sellers are selling the same projector lamp cheaper?

We are one of the biggest distributors of projector lamps in the world. We sell our projector lamps at very competitive prices and if you find any lamp at a lower price, we will match those prices. Please read our Price Matching Policy for more information. is an Upfront Merchant on TheFind. Click for info. Discount TV Deals at TechBargains Authorized Premium Partner of Philips Lamps