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OEM vs. Compatible Lamps

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.

 

The difference between OEM/Genuine Lamps vs OEM Compatible lamps.

OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) lamps have been assembled by the same manufacturer as the original brand of your television. On the other hand, OEM Compatible lamps are replicas of the same lamp but manufactured by a different company. 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).

An OEM / Genuine example would be Hewlett Packard "HP" brand ink toner cartridges. HP contracts a company who specializes in ink to provide cartridges that are placed in HP printers.  HP then labels this ink "Hewlett Packard." In a similar situation, Sony, Mitsubishi, Dell and other projector manufacturers do not produce their own lamps. The projector or TV brand contracts Philips and Osram/Sylvania to manufacture the lamps, which are then delivered to the projector factory and shipped with your original projector.

Why genuine 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 genuine 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 parts in your television..

- Lamp Life (Durability)
With a genuine lamp you can enjoy a full lamp lifespan from your television replacement lamp. Uniquely engineered to operate with the television's electrical components, only genuine lamps can assure you full life performance and keep the television warranty valid. For example Sony, Samsung, and other major television manufacturers will VOID your warranty for using counterfeit lamps. You don’t have to take our word; you can call yourmanufacturer to confirm! 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. The following wordage are indicators of a Generic lamp:

OEM Compatible
OEM Replacement
Genuine Compatible
DNGO Lamp
AL Lamp
Compatible
Aftermarket

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

 

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