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  • Melanie Cisler

    In the process of developing a 501C corp, non-profit on a shoe string budget. Eager to network and learn from you and yours. I am happy to find you, someone with a lot of knowledge to hopefully help direct my path. Thanks so much, Melanie Cisler

    • sempei13

      Very fun. Drop me a line paul at trinitydigitalmedia.com and we can talk more (I edited out your phone #, so that you didn’t get any calls from spammers).

  • Dan

    HI, I was wondering if you could help us out. We have a Mitsubishi XL30U we bought in 2003 when we built our church. We have been buying aftermarket bulbs for it and I suggested we bite the bullet and buy an oem bulb this time to see if it would be better. Someone suggested that we buy a newer projector that uses cheaper bulbs. since the xl30u was such a high end projector at the time, do you know how much we would have to spend in order to purchase a new projector that would be as good or better than the xl30u? Thank you in advance for your help.

    • sempei13

      Dan, it looks like you’re projector is a 3000 lumen model with a contrast ratio of 350:1. It’s max resolution is 1080i or 1600×1200. Without really trying, I found a Panasonic (I’ve had great luck with one at our satellite campus) for about $1500 that had a contrast ratio of 3000:1 (around 8x better), 5000 lumens (around 40% better) and a max resolution of 1080p or 1920×1200. In short, better across the board.

      Now, here’s the thing. How much are you currently paying for your lamps? I googled your projector and found them from $100-$400. This one looks like it’s in about the same range, so I’m not sure you could pay for the new projector by getting less expensive lamps unless you’re now paying $400 and you switch to the $100 ones, but then it’s still about 5 years to break even.

      It’s a little like buying a new car to save money on gas over the paid off car you already have. It’s possible to do, but it’s hard. If you’re driving a Hummer and you switch to an all electric Smartfor2, you might do it, but they’re different cars in almost every way.

      Same thing here. If you get a new projector, you might be able to save a little, but I don’t think it would pay for itself unless the old one is eating lamps (more than 1 per year) or something.

      I’ll email this to you in case you miss it.


    • sempei13

      Absolutely okay. You’re in my prayers.