Most rear projection televisions come with three presets. For example, the Sony’s LCD rear projection TVs has three presets Vivid, Standard and Pro. Vivid is the preset the KDS-R60XBR1 is set to when first taking it out of the box. The “Vivid” setting will lessen the life of the lamp to approximately 3600 hours because it is the brightest setting. The “Standard” setting will extend to about 5300 hours of lamp life and “Pro” will further extend the lamp life to around 8000 hours. No matter what rear projection TV you own, changing the picture setting to normal or standard will lengthen the life of the lamp. Decreasing the contrast setting to around 50% will accomplish the same.
Here is a checklist of what to do to get the most out of your lamp:
- Check out the presets and select the setting with the lowest light output.
- Once you’ve done that adjust the brightness down to your liking. The lower the brightness the long the lamp will last.
- Check and clean the air filters on a monthly basis. Having a clean air filters means that your lamp has better airflow. Air is what is used to cool the lamp and the cooler your lamp runs the longer it will last.