OK, granted, I am a sound guy and I don't try to cover it up, but I do have a question for all you throwing up lights on a more regular basis.
I've been lucky. I still have all my original bulbs except for my Projector 150, and that bulb was BOA(Broken on arrival). Not placing blame, but got a great story of a guy at the San Jose Guitar Center rifling through the entire store to get a replacement bulb for this HOURS before an event. I bought 4 just to ensure this never happens again!
My Sunray III and Electra were bought in either December 2001 or January 2002, and I still am on the original bulbs, despite some fairly heavy usage. Still have the replacement for the Sunray III as well.
As strange as this may seem, I have not blown a bulb due to age. The only time I've replaced a bulb in anything is due to breakage. I've replaced 6 Par38 bulbs, again due to breakage issues. I have a Chauvet Intimidator color(I think that is what it is, I forget) and 2 of the 4 shipped with broken bulbs, and I've replaced 2 bulbs due to breakage as well.
How do you guys fare? Burning more out or breaking?
This isn't a quality assurance survey, just wondering how I'm faring against others.
I've since moved ALL my fixtures into Arriba cases. Seems to help.