All oil wheels must be replaced from time to time because the light projected through them causes the color pigments in the oil wheel to fade gradually. The Mania DC3 offers significantly higher light output than equivalent oil-wheel projectors on the market, and this means that the service life of DC3 oil wheels will be no longer than oil wheel life on competing products, and may even be slightly shorter.

Variations in usage patterns and ambient temperature will affect oil wheel life, but for best color performance you should plan to replace the Mania DC3 oil wheel with a new item after approximately 500 hours of service. This means that as a general rule, the DC3 will require two oil wheels and one lamp for every 1000 hours of operation. Replacement oil wheels are not expensive items, and the procedure for replacing the oil wheel is described in the user manual.