had to replace my DLP lamp on my RCA 61" HDTV. what i got was a small lamp mounted in a plastic carrier case with interlock plug. this cost me $448 bucks and1.5 month wait by the time it got to my house. i noticed when removing the old one the element in the center had obviously blew apart from his base in the center and was just hanging by the side wire with some loose glass floating around inside the envelope. in my opinion i didn't get that much time on the unit, maybe 1.5 years or moderate usage? is this normal life expectancy or did i have a dud ? when i purchase this HDTV, the first one only lasted 8 hours and the lamp went out, i made the store deliver a whole new TV set.
now, i noticed on the lamp there is a Philips number that seems to be the part number of the lamp only and not the carrier ! is it possible for me to simply get the lamp and rebuild this extra carrier unit ?, the lamp is simply held in with Robertson type screws. i don't remember the part number but its a small mercury lamp of 100W/30W level, the tv has a high and low power setting for the lamp.