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What is OEM?

What is OEM?

OEM stands for Original Equipment Manufacture. An OEM part means that the part you’ve purchased is made by the same company that manufactured it originally.

For example:

Samsung and Sony both manufacture a line of DLP and LCD projection television sets. They don’t manufacture the lamp inside, but order it from their supplier, Philips Lighting. The OEM lamp part is made by Philips. All subsequent aftermarket parts may be manufactured by other companies such as Osram and DNGO.  Philips also manufactures aftermarket replacement lamp parts as well. Because your Samsung or Sony TV uses a Philips lamp out of the box, it’s recommended that you replace it with an OEM part, or OEM aftermarket part made by Philips.

There are many lamp merchants that list items as original replacement, OEM Compatible, or 100% Compatible. This doesn’t mean OEM. Look at the fine print and make sure the lamp you purchase is an original, OEM product. You can look at our Lamp Research Guide to find out who the OEM part manufacturer for your television is, as well as which brands are truly 100% compatible.

When dealing with DLP or LCD projection, there are only a handful of manufacturers you should be on the lookout for when you purchase from a reputable dealer: Philips (the leading manufacture), Osram, Matsushita, and Toshiba. When in doubt, just look at the cost. Cheaper doesn’t necessarily mean better.


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