What Is the Lifetime of a Projector?

Projector for Lifetime

All projectors are powered by a bulb or lamp that, like any light source, will eventually wear out and need to be replaced. Most bulbs or lamps will last for about 2,000 hours, though some projectors can be expected to last considerably longer. You can always extend the lifespan of your office’s projector by taking care of it with regular maintenance.

Lamps or Bulbs

Different projector manufacturers use different names for the light-producing components in their projectors. Some projectors use special light bulbs to create light, while others use LCD or LED lamps. Whatever the name, these are the components that most often need replacing on a projector, as over time they’ll wear down and stop working. Manufacturers vary their projections for how long the bulb or lamp will last.

Average Life Spans

Each manufacturer claims a different life expectancy for their projector bulb or lamp, but almost all publish this information — either on the box of the projector, on the bulb or lamp packaging, or in the support documentation on their website. Projector Central, an online trade magazine for projection equipment, suggests that most projector bulbs have a life of about 2,000 hours. Epson claims its PowerLite projector’s lamp lasts 5,000 hours and Delta makes an LED-based projector with a projected life span of about 20,000 hours.

Improving Projector Lifespan

According to both Projector Central and BambooAV, an audio-visual solutions company, how you use, store and transport your projector affects its life span. Keeping the projector in a relatively dust-free space helps its bulb or lamp last longer. Bumping the projector during transporting can damage the bulb and cause it to burn out more quickly. Cleaning your projector’s filter every three or four months will keep the projector running at the proper temperature.