TV Lamp Module XL-2100U
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- for SONY KDF-42WE655, KDF-50WE655, KDF-60XBR950, KDF-70XBR950, KF-42SX300, KF-42WE610, KF-42WE620, KF-50W610, KF-50WE610, KF-60WE610, KF-WE42, KF-WE50, KF-WS60, KDF-42WE355, KDF-60X8R950
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I had been dreading this moment for years, since I recall that when I bought the TV, replacement bulbs cost several hundred dollars. Fearing the worst, I headed for Amazon to see what kind of options there might be. I saw options from inexpensive to mildly expensive, and started reading the reviews. After I stressed about which replacement lamp to buy, and whether the lamp was even the real problem, I decided to buy this one, which comes installed in a full assembly.
The bulb arrived quickly, and in truth, took less than fifteen minutes to install from start to finish. The trickiest part was actually getting the front cover off the TV to access the bulb assembly. Once the cover was off, it was a simple matter of removing a few screws, pulling out the bad bulb assembly, putting in the new assembly, and replacing the screws and the cover. Easy peasy. Plus, the new bulb came with the allen wrench tool needed to do the job and full instructions. The TV fired right up after the replacement, and we are back in business.
I will admit that I am nervous about how long this bulb will last, as I have read many reviews of replacement bulbs that are only lasting six months to a year. Time will tell, but for now, we are pleased. If this bulb could even last half as long as the six years we got out of the original bulb, I'd be thrilled. I'll be sure to update if a problem comes along down the road. Gotta go now- I have a game to watch!
The new bulb gets too hot then dies prematurely for lack of proper cooling. So when you get to replacing bulb, clean your top fan while awaiting for parts shipment.
To fix this you simply need to clean up the fan blades with a toothpick and brush. Sony did NOT engineer that TV for easy service... Top primary fan is a bitch and half to remove the first time. (I've cleaned mine twice already each time I swap bulb, every 5 years). Arm yourself with patience and a philips screw driver to take it out!
Also for the larger secondary fan that pull hot air out, I've added a plastic sheet mod to create a tunnel and suck air from bulb area instead of from the useless botom vent slots (as shown on one of my pics)
The good news is the original ballast board is still mint after 12+ years and couple bulbs. It always ignites the bulb with high voltage on first strike, just like new.
After installing this lamp the picture was so dim that the TV was unwatchable even in a dark room. This was the second time I've replaced the lamp in this TV since it was new and when the lamp had popped this time it sounded kinda violent. After replacing it and seeing how dim the screen was I was worried that the TV was a goner. However, based on a few other reviews citing unusually dim lamps I decided to buy another one from a different vendor. When it showed up I was worried that it might have the same issue because the lamps and packaging were identical. Anyway, I swapped the new lamp in and when the TV fired up the screen was as bright and clear as new. That's when I packed this piece of garbage up and printed out the return form.
I guess the moral of the story is that once upon a time these lamps were silly expensive and now they are almost as cheap as any other light bulb. The quality control is probably no where near on par with what it once was. If one doesn't work, send it back and try another.