How to Replace a Projector Lamp

It’s just another day of enjoying your Projector or Rear Projection TV when all of a sudden you see the dreaded lamp warning indicator telling you it will be time soon to replace the projector lamp.

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Step1
Gather the necessary tools. Luckily, you’ll only need a manual screwdriver to remove the panel. You will also want to have a soft, non-abrasive cloth handy to help avoid any contact with your fingers and the lamp assembly. A Micro-Fiber Cleaning Cloth is recommended.

Step2
Turn off TV or Projector. After the unit has cooled down properly, remove the power cord from the outlet and the unit completely.

Step3
Remove Lamp Compartment Door. The lamp compartment on projectors is usually located underneath the projector unit. For Rear Projection TVs, the lamp compartment should be located in the rear towards the bottom left or right side of the TV. 2-4 screws will be holding the compartment in place. Removed the screws and the lamp compartment door.

Step4
Remove Lamp Assembly. Carefully pull out the lamp assembly and disconnect any power cords that may still be connected to the lamp assembly. Put it aside and don’t get it confused with your new lamp!

Step5
Clean Lamp Compartment. Dust gets everywhere and while you have the projector open, use a soft cloth or micro-fiber cleaning cloth to remove any loose dust from the lamp compartment.

Step6
Insert New Lamp Assembly. Carefully reconnect any power cables to the new lamp if present and slide the new lamp into the compartment in the same orientation that the original lamp came out.

Step7
Replace Lamp Compartment Door. Set the lamp compartment door back into place and securely screw in the door without screwing it in too tightly.

Step8
Reset the lamp timer. Instructions on how to do this should be covered by the instruction manual.

Step9
You’re Done! Enjoy your projector or TV again and make sure you have a backup lamp handy in case the lights go out unexpectedly.