Originally Posted by DVDsAreMyLIFE
Yea, I am not worried about replacing it myself really, I am just curious if they only replace them if they are dead. I got into the service menu of my TV and it said 813 hours, I assume that is a 813 hours left and it was in the red.
813 hours is the amount of time that is on the Bulb ie Bulb Life....I believe that the will replace the bulb if it is a significant dimming OR it is dead, just call Samsung within the 1st year the Samsung Warranty covers the bulb replacement anytime after that you would need an extended Warranty for bulb replacement.
I would recommend heading over to AVS forum to the Samsung thread for settings to help your TV viewing and set the TV to "Movie" with DiNE off. This will help with bulb life, I actually have the TV set to Movie Mode, 42 Contrast, 45 Brightness, 50/50 for Color, 0 for Sharpness, Warm 2,and DiNE off. At 1st it looked a little off BUT now it looks fine to me and the HD comes in very nicely especially at night so far I have not had issues with the "brightness" of the TV and have not had to adjust those settings even during the day (I have a lot of windows around)
As far as the Bulb Replacement goes you can order one off the web for under 300$ and the instructions on how to replace the Bulb are included with the TV.