KLiKav’s replacement projector lamps service is a means to ensure that you can source genuine products quickly, cost-effectively and with no financial risk. Backed by leading lamp distributor Hotlamps, part of the international Tech Data distribution group and arbitrated by renowned AV industry magazine AV News, the KLIKav Lamp Guarantee provides the following customer guarantee:
Every lamp supplied is a genuine lamp sourced from legitimate and authorised sources
Should any lamp supplied, despite the best efforts of the distributor, not fully correspond to its advertised description the customer will receive:
- A refund of the lamp price plus any postage and packing
- PLUS An equivalent amount as compensation
Why does projector lamp replacement carry risks?
However you look at it, replacement projector lamps are expensive – both in comparison to the original price of the projector and in terms of other types of lightsource. This is because a projector lamp is very different to other forms of lamp. To generate the light output necessary, a projector lamp operates at the extremes of temperature and pressure, with the crucial ‘burner’ element manufactured under clean room conditions.
The audiovisual industry has a great deal in recent years to reduce the costs to the consumer. Distribution practices have been streamlined and the owners of the intellectual property governing the key components of a projector lamp have licensed third parties to manufacture lower cost replacement lamps, for the most popular projectors, that offer similar performance to the lamp originally fitted in the projector.
What are the potential risks associated with buying replacement projector lamps?
It didn’t take long for canny and generally unscrupulous individuals and companies to realise that there was money to be made by undercutting the legitimate audio visual trade with substandard and often illegal lamps which rarely deliver the quality and performance of a genuine lamp. In the worst cases, these substandard lamps represent a danger to the projector or even its operator. These lamps represent a false economy because they do not usually emit the brightness claimed or last the stated number of hours. In instances where equipment damage results, you will often find that the projector manufacturers’ warranties are invalidated by the use of unapproved lamps.
In recent development, the illicit lamp makers have raised their game by actually forging copies of legitimate projector lamps. They do this by copying branding and other markings on the fake lamps, and replicating the packaging to the point where it can take a real expert to tell the fake from the original.
How do you avoid the fakes and illegal copies when sourcing a replacement lamp?
The rules of caveat emptor apply to replacement projector lamps just as much as they do to any other form of high value, branded product. If it’s too cheap, it’s probably dodgy. Buying direct from popular online ecommerce and auction sites is no guarantee that the lamp is genuine – they don’t employ experts to evaluate the products. The very best way to ensure that you buy risk-free is to choose a trusted supplier, with a full provenance for each lamp they sell. If you are buying as a consumer, buy through a specialist AV dealer – and don’t be afraid to ask what steps the dealer takes when sourcing stock. If you are a dealer, ensure that your supplier not only takes precautions when establishing a supply chain, but is also fully invested in the market and unlikely to take risks.
Best of all, source your replacement projector lamps through the KLiKav lamp service, backed by Hotlamps and AV News. Supply lines have been fully audited. All stock is sourced officially from European suppliers. Trade customers are handled by Hotlamps directly, and all end-user sales are supplied by recognised AV dealers. With the unique KLiKav Lamp Guarantee in place in the highly unlikely event that anything goes wrong, the system is as foolproof and risk-free as it can be.
The KLiKav Lamp Guarantee
Backed by Hotlamps (a division of Techdata Ltd) and AV News
KLiKav.com: the guaranteed, risk-free way to source replacement projector lamps