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My epson powerlite home cinema 6100 finally ended its useful life, nearly 12 years old the picture had grown too yellowed/green for me to bother using it for the past 1-2 years. I took it apart because it sounded like fun to see how it all works. Definitely a bad green polarizer which I guess is common. I considered "repairing" it but decided that a used working unit is 100 bucks that the cost of repairing wouldn't be worth it, especially since it would probably fail something else in short order. But now I have an Epson elplp49 bulb which cost me about 270 bucks from Epson that I've only used 300-400 hours on. (i went through like 4-5 bulbs in the 10 years of use)

Is it even worth buying a "newer" but still used Epson projector like an 8350/8500ub that use the same bulb used to get my worth out of the bulb? I notice there are a lot of 6100 through 8350 projectors on eBay for 100-300 bucks.

Or would any current generation projector outperform these so easily that it wouldn't be worth the effort/risk?

I guess i could just sell the bulb and recoup some of the cost.

Any thoughts?
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I would sell the lamp and move on to a new projector. It's time.
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Quote (grumpyfish on Jan 8, 2020 10:42 AM):
My epson powerlite home cinema 6100 finally ended its useful life, nearly 12 years old the picture had grown too yellowed/green for me to bother using it for the past 1-2 years. I took it apart because it sounded like fun to see how it all works. Definitely a bad green polarizer which I guess is common. I considered "repairing" it but decided that a used working unit is 100 bucks that the cost of repairing wouldn't be worth it, especially since it would probably fail something else in short order. But now I have an Epson elplp49 bulb which cost me about 270 bucks from Epson that I've only used 300-400 hours on. (i went through like 4-5 bulbs in the 10 years of use)

Is it even worth buying a "newer" but still used Epson projector like an 8350/8500ub that use the same bulb used to get my worth out of the bulb? I notice there are a lot of 6100 through 8350 projectors on eBay for 100-300 bucks.

Or would any current generation projector outperform these so easily that it wouldn't be worth the effort/risk?

I guess i could just sell the bulb and recoup some of the cost.

Any thoughts?


Sell it all. I had a 6100 to work on not too long ago with a bad polarizer and LCD panel.

In fact, I can tell you the amount of L49 lamps being sold has dropped off significantly the past year due to that series wearing out. Anything you buy used will be in poor shape unless you spend some serious money. For the cost of the lamp its not worth it.

I'd recommend sticking it all on eBay as parts/repair and sell the whole lot. The lamp might even be the selling point.