Original or Compatible?!? What is the difference ?!?

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Genuine AL™, Jaspertronics™, OEM, Osram PVIP, Philips, Phoenix, Ushio, Aftermarket, Compatible - what is the difference ?!? 

By now you may have noticed that there are literally dozens of purchase options for the projection lamp you need out there. As we understand this confusion completely, we are here to lay out a bit of information to help!

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  • Jaspertronics™ - Original Inside - (OEM, OBH, Osram PVIP, Philips, Phoenix, Ushio) - Jaspertronics™ uses the original bulb as initially supplied to your projectors manufacturer when still available. In some instances the older lamp has been discontinued and its direct replacement is used where applicable. The projector manufacturers majorly utilized Osram, Philips, Phoenix, and Ushio to supply the lamps for their projector builds. The Jaspertronics™ supply channel sources these same bulbs and has them installed into high quality housings. The result is a perfect fit, the benchmark in performance, and the full lifespan your projector deserves. With over 25 years in the projection industry servicing projectors, you have found the source!

    Jaspertronics™ is your professional lighting one stop shop. The assembly plants we work with install the bulbs into high quality cages to make lamp modules that are the perfect fit and the benchmark in performance for every projector in todays market. 


  • Genuine AL™ - The Genuine AL™ lamps are our 'compatible' lamps. These are also known as OEM equivalent, OEM compatible, Generic, or Aftermarket Lamps. We have options for Projectors, Projection TVs, and Stage Lighting. This lamp type is typically the least expensive option available and a great option for many users. These builds use the best of the aftermarket parts and may even use components from the major lighting manufacturers! We have some generic bulbs that are built with Osram or Philips reflectors. We also have some generic builds that are powered by Osram or Philips filaments! The bottom line is the generic lamps we use are composed of the best materials available in the market! The lamp will perform and last as you expect. In short, there are differences, but they are typically so subtle that you may need to run a projector side by side with an OEM (Jaspertronics™ = OEM!) lamp and a Genuine AL™ lamp at the same time to find the difference. In the end, we offer this variation of the product because many of our customers prefer the lower cost option. NOTE: There are MANY levels of aftermarket lamps, rest assured we take the time to evaluate the quality of the bulb before adding the product to our Genuine AL™ lamp series, we do not simply purchase the cheapest options, they must still hold up to a stringent quality test!

    With that said, we suggest all projection lighting users make use of the Jaspertronics™ Original Inside options (aka OEM, OBH) These are the best option when coupling all variables.
  • Original Manufacturer Retail Packaged Lamps - The lamp supplied by the original projector manufacturer, identical to the one you will receive if ordering (at a much higher cost!) from the projector manufacturers website. The large difference in this unit is that it is branded and retail packaged by the projector manufacturer. Many of our customers require this, but we do stand by the fact that the projector manufacturers do not manufacture lighting! Philips, Osram, Ushio, Phoenix, Iwasaki, and Matsushita do! The Jaspertronics™ OEM series will provide identical performance at a fraction of the cost.


Feel free to contact us at any time, with any question(s)! We are here to help.


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