OEM vs. Compatible Lamps

The truth about lamps.

There are only handful of genuine lamp manufacturers in the market such as Philips, Ushio, Pheonix, Osram, Matsushita, with Philips being the leader in the industry. There is the common misconception among customers that television manufacturers manufacture their own lamps but its not correct. For example, all Sony televisions come with a Philips lamp. In fact around 9 out of 10 televisions in the market come with a Philips lamp.



Why our OEM Compatible 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 OEM Compatible lamp guarantees the exact chemical mix and optical alignment to give vibrant and consistent color across the whole image.

- Safety
Lamps operates 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 genuine or OEM Compatible parts in your television..

- Lamp Life (Durability)
With a OEM Compatible lamp you can enjoy a full lamp lifespan from your television replacement lamp. 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 television set.


Generic and why should I avoid it?

Generic 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 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.  Some leading indicator of generic 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 bulb that is used inside the housing or cartridge
    • If the seller is selling a Philips lamp, he will proudly let the customer know on his or her website


How are sellers selling the same lamp cheaper?

We are one of the biggest distributors of lamps. We sell our lamps at very competitive prices and if you find any lamp at lower price, we will match those prices.