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DLP television sets are an economical choice for families. DLP stands for “Digital Light Processing.” Their picture quality doesn’t quite compare to a plasma or an LCD option, but, then again, neither does the price. It’s a good serviceable option.

When your DLP goes on the fritz there are usually a couple of different common culprits. The first is the DLP chip itself. To understand why DLP chips go wrong, you first have to understand what one is.

You see, a DLP chip is made up of millions of tiny microscopic mirrors, all mounted on little microscopic hinges. These mirrors tilt to deliver a precise array of colors and a clear, sharp picture. They’re a breathtaking piece of human ingenuity. Unfortunately, tiny microscopic hinges can get stuck just like full sized hinges do, and you can’t exactly apply WD-40 to them like you would to a stubborn door. When this happens, the mirrors end up stuck in place, and you end up with a series of annoying black and white dots all over your screen.

The next problem is the halogen bulb. Without the lamp, there’s no light for the mirrors on the DLP chip to use, so a working lamp is very important—important enough that many DLP sets will flash a warning light to let you know when yours is about to die. These die like any light bulb does, no matter how great or expensive the TV. Sooner or later, you’re going to have to replace one. When you make the replacement the quality of the lamp does matter—choose a cheap lamp at your own peril, since you’ll only have to replace it again later. In addition, you can actually damage the lamp during the installation process, causing it to burn out that much sooner.

Knowing these things doesn’t help you fix your own DLP. In fact, attempting a DIY solution is a great way to cause a lot of harm. Let a qualified technician do the job for you. Call us to schedule your home visit today.

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