1. Use the AV Mute button to shield the bulb so that light does not shine in your eyes, but if you do not need your projector for 15 minutes, please use the stand-by setting. 2. If you operate in Eco mode, your bulb will last longer. The Eco-Quiet button will dim your bulb by a couple of hundred lumens. The bulb does not shine quite as brightly, but the image looks good unless the sun is quite bright that day. Bulbs are supposed to last from between 2000 and 3000 hours, and that’s about 2 school years. Bulbs are very expensive so, please, follow the guidelines above!