It's correct to say that projectors last between 1500 and 2000 hours (also known as lamp life). It is true that, until now, projectors with lamps have undergone several innovations to increase their lifespan, with recent claims of up to 6000 hours; but that is still stupid compared to the typical 20,000 hours of lifespan of laser projectors. So Sony projectors aren't the cheapest and you'll probably want to consider a BenQ projector or an Epson projector for something more mid-range. To find out how long your projector lamp will last, you must first know if your projector uses a standard metal halide, LED or laser lamp.
But what about Sony projectors? You may not have thought of Sony as a projector manufacturer before, but your local movie theater did. If you want to take the next step, Sony has an impressive range of 4K consumer projectors, including an ultra-short range model. Sony's three basic 4K models all work with a lamp, and only one of its current range, the VPL-VW590ES, uses its X1 chip adapted for projectors. Not all of them need to be ceiling mounted, as smaller projectors can be moved in and out of a room as needed, but Sony's range focuses mainly on larger 4K models, so it's best to keep them away.
All projectors come equipped with different forms of light projection technology, including DLP projectors that use image projection technology created by TI. While all Sony projectors feature Motionflow, only a few use TRILUMINOS color enhancement technology, which promises a wider palette of rich colors. Sometimes this costs lumens, but according to Sony statistics, this is not the case with its range, since its laser projectors have higher brightness values than any of Sony's lamp models. Sony currently has 11 projectors in its range for consumers, two of which are Full HD and the rest are 4K.
Sony offers industry standard projectors and also uses some of that same technology in its consumer models, with three commercially available projectors that use a reduced version of its X1 chip. These panels, in turn, produce the incredible videos and images that modern projectors, such as film or cinema projectors, are known for, but for domestic rather than commercial use. A normal home theater video projector has a brightness of 2000 lumens, especially for 4K Ultra-HD or 1080p HD, because they require that extra brightness or those extra lumens for those extra pixels and projection amplitude to stand out with supreme crystal precision and clarity. When Sony launched its VPL-VW870ES laser projectors (a high-end laser), VPL-VW570ES (Sony's flagship lamp model) and VPL-VW270ES (Sony's cheapest lamp model), it stated that they were specifically designed with gaming and sports in mind.
However, when it comes to complete and capable home cinema projectors at any price, Sony should be able to offer something that suits your needs.