Tonight I was just settling down to Travel Channel and a beautiful nature show on Alaska and started eating a nicely grilled steak when, "snap" the picture goes out but the sound continues. The bulb burnt out (I have a rear-projection television). It was not really a stressor because I knew the bulb had a limited life-span and there is a panel that pops off the back of the set for easy bulb replacement.
I called the local big box chain appliance store where I purchased the television. They don't carry the bulbs, but there is a convenient link on the website for ordering.
I know my set model and type it in.
With shipping - $219.
It's a LIGHT BULB.
Granted - it is a fancy light bulb, but it's a LIGHT BULB!
Still - it is cheaper than a new television and I almost have this one figured out after three years, so I pulled out the card.
But I keep thinking: It's a LIGHT BULB!