Steps to Change Your Projector Lamp
Replacing your projector’s bulb may seem complex, but with a few simple steps, you can complete the task in no time. First, you will need to gain access to your bare bulb. Most often housed in a structure that resembles a cage, this can be quite a challenge. Consequently, it may be easiest to just replace the entire unit.
- Be careful to purchase a bulb that is compatible in lumen output, reflector size and voltage that fits your housing module. You can do a search on Projectorfix.com to find the correct lamp that matches your projector model.
- You should always refer to the owner’s manual for the proper specific steps but if you have a pretty basic Projector or Rear Projection TV, these steps should get you back up and running.
- Nonetheless, if you are up for the challenge, grab your screw driver and let’s get to work.
1. Preparing the Projector to Be Opened
- Before attempting to open the projector, turn off and unplug the device.
- Allow the device to cool down. It could take anywhere from 30 to 45 minutes for the projector to cool down completely.
- Remove any dust on the outside casing with a soft, dry, and clean cloth. This will ensure that dust does not enter into the machine and get onto the vulnerable interior parts.
2. Remove Lamp Access Door
Some projectors may have covers that come off completely while other models just have a smaller compartment door that gives users access to the lamp housing unit. Projector owners can determine what kind of opening they have by looking at the projector and consulting the manual
- Take apart the housing unit to access the bulb. This should be easy and is often done by simply lifting a couple of latches. But before you take it apart, make note of how it was put together so that you can put it back together in the right order. This includes your filters and the foam that protects the bulb
- Use a screwdriver to remove the screws that keep the cover or door closed.
- Once the screws have been removed, you can carefully remove the panel or door.
- Unscrew any screws that may be keeping the housing unit of the lamp in place before attempting to remove it.
3. Taking Out the Old Projector Lamp
- Next, remove your OLD projector lamp from its module. Make sure you note which wires screw into which terminal BEFORE you remove the wiring. The removal procedure involves unscrewing the wiring from the module using a philips head screwdriver. It may also involve unscrewing elements of the module itself, and removing a retaining clip to dislodge the OLD lamp from its module.
- This is a step that users must take care to complete properly, doing otherwise may cause the old projector lamp to burst, which is dangerous for both the projector and the user.
- Use the handle on the lamp to pull it out.
4. Putting In the New Lamp
- Once the old lamp is removed, place the new lamp housing unit inside of the Projector.
- Make sure to slide the housing unit fully into the projector, with the new lamp in the same position that the old one was in. Certain projectors may require that power cables be reconnected to the new lamp. If this is the case, users should follow the manuals for specific instructions on how to do this.
5. Getting the Projector Ready to Run Again
- When the switch has been made, screw the new lamp housing unit into place and then re-attach the lamp access panel. Be sure to not over-tighten the screws.
- Reconnect the projector to the electrical outlet and turn on the project to see if the new lamp works.
- If the projector still does not work after the lamp replacement has been made, there may be a larger issue that is causing the problem. In this case, seek the help of professionals specializing in projector repair in order to determine the right course of action.
6. Resetting the Lamp timer
- If the projector is working properly, reset the lamp counter so that it can begin tracking time for the new lamp that has just been installed.
- Some projectors might reset lamp counters automatically, but for those that do not, do this manually through the projector menu.
- After completing all of these steps, the projector should be ready to provide hours and hours of entertainment once again.