What Happens When You Don’t Replace Your Projector Lamp Bulb?

Written by Correy Pelletier


When you put in your new projector lamp, it’s very bright, but with every use, it gets dimmer in small increments. You won’t notice in the beginning since the increments are small. Over time and as you use the projector and lamp for many hours, it will start to fade. You might not notice it’s fading and the only way to know the difference is a side-by-side comparison with another projector that has a new lamp.


If you choose to not replace your lamp, over time it will become dimmer. And you may be okay with watching on a dim projector until the end of its life, while others prefer to watch on a new bright screen once it gets below a certain brightness level.


If you don’t replace your lamp and you are reaching the end of its life, warnings may appear on your projector screen stating, “replace your lamp”. The lamp will still continue to work in most cases. In some projector models, however, there is a hard stop that is coded on the lamp or once it hits a certain number of hours, the projector will not turn on anymore.


If that happens, you will be forced to purchase a new lamp and install it. When you install the new lamp, you will need to reset your lamp hour counter, since most machines will not know that you are putting in a new lamp. The projector lamps that have microchips will tell the projector that a new lamp is being installed and it will reset the lamp hours counter automatically.


If your projector model is a standard model or it doesn’t have a microchip or have an auto-shutdown when it hits a certain number of hours, then two things can happen at the end of your projector lamp’s life:


1.) The lamp fails to ignite and the projector will no longer turn on. This is the best-case scenario as you simply need to take out the lamp and replace it with a new one.


2.) The lamp explodes during use and glass fragments are scattered inside your projector. You must now clean the projector of all glass fragments before installing your new lamp.


What we at MyProjectorLamps recommend is to know approximately what your average hours of use will be for a projector and lamp. Take note:


1.) Check your lamp hours often enough to know when it’s getting close to the end of its life.


2.) When you are within a few hundred hours, buy a new replacement lamp.


3.) Write down the current hours of your existing lamp before immediately replacing your old lamp. If the old lamp is still working, keep it as a backup.


4.) Your new lamp from MyProjectorLamps.com has a 180-day warranty, so it’s best to start using it immediately and test it to make sure it’s the correct lamp.

The Color Issues With Your Projector Lamp and How to Solve Them

Written by Correy Pelletier


Projector lamps primarily affect brightness. They are made of white light, which has a rainbow of colors. If you are experiencing color issues, it’s most likely the bulb is not the cause of these color problems.

The most common color problem is a complete washing of one color, such as pink, blue, or red. This problem is typically caused by a faulty prism in the projector or in the lamp housing. The lamp inside the projector projects the bright white light, which projects through a series of prisms or pieces of glass designed to allow certain types of light or colors to come through.

There can be many prisms in your projector. In some projectors, there is also a prism attached to the front of the lamp module.

These prisms will heat up over time and change properties, they will also get burned or discolored, which causes the washing over effect of one color.

A solution to this is you can go to a repair shop to diagnose the problem and replace the prisms in your projector.

Another solution is to replace the front glass prism at the front of the lamp module. If you were not experiencing this problem with your old lamp, try reusing your old prism and swap out the prism with the new lamp.

There can be other reasons your projector is experiencing color problems, there may be liquid-crystal display (LCD) issues or it’s a color wheel problem. And to fix the LCD or color wheel issues can be costly. Your best bet is to see if it’s the prism first, since it’s the cheaper and quicker fix.

Expert tip: BenQ and Optoma projectors are known to use a prism at the front of most of their lamps. If you are experiencing color issues, call MyProjectorLamps support. We can guide you through the process, so you don’t have to spend money on a repair that doesn’t necessarily need to happen.

Troubleshooting Tips When Replacing You’re Lamp

Written by Correy Pelletier


Your bulb has blown or is dead, time to replace it, but how?


Remove the old bulb and dispose of it properly.


Make sure when putting in a new bulb, you insert it firmly, but gently. Put it in as deep as possible. Once it’s in, press gently on the side where the connector is located to ensure the connection is solid. If the lamp is not fully inserted, it will not turn on.


Inside the module slot, you must tighten every screw that holds the lamp in place.


Close the lamp access panel door and if there’s a screw to keep it closed, make sure it’s tightened slowly. The projector will not turn on if the lamp access panel door is open or broken. There is a little button to press when the door is shut, the button must be working properly for the projector to turn on.


If your projector has a removable filter, remove it, and tap out the dust or use light suction. Similar to a furnace heater, if it is clogged or filled with dust the projector will not turn on to prevent overheating. Once you are done cleaning the filter, place it back, and tighten the screw if there is one.


Reset the lamp timer, some projectors have a lamp timer on the menu screen, while other projectors have a button configuration that must be completed before you can power it on. You can go to our installation page here to see the most common brands’ reset instructions.


Some projectors have an eco-mode and a normal mode. Sometimes, depending on the condition of your projector, it might perform better in normal mode rather than in eco mode.


Some projectors have a high-altitude function, which must stay on in order for the projector to stay on.


Lastly, always replace your old lamp when you receive a new lamp. This is because your new lamp’s warranty starts right away, so use the warranty period effectively and test if the lamp is functioning well. Put it into your projector as soon as you receive it. Secondly, if the lamp was damaged upon transport or you received the wrong lamp or you ordered the wrong lamp to begin with, then it might not work when you open the box and try to install it, and testing it immediately is the best way to find out. You can also keep your old lamp even if it’s dim, it will make a good backup if the new lamp fails.

The Comeback Of UHP Mercury Arc Lamps

When LED projectors came out boasting the ability to last longer than the traditional lamp option, while being just as bright, many manufacturers and customers jumped on board. The traditional technology, which up until then had been used for replacement lamps, are a special type of bulb called the UHP Mercury-Arc Vapor lamp. This lamp was developed by Philips in 1995 for use in commercial projection, home theaters, and video walls. These lamps are highly efficient compared to other projection lamps, and they were well received when they were first developed.

Fast forward to when LED projectors came out, they were supposed to last longer while being just as bright, but that is not exactly what happened. A couple of main problems were that once the LED’s burned out, customers incurred a massive cost to replace them, or they simply threw out the whole projector. This additional waste was both financial and physical, because this meant more material being added to the landfills. Another issue was that they simply were not as bright as the Mercury-Arc Vapor lamps, regardless of the claims being made to the contrary.

The result was that projector manufacturers like OPTOMA and BENQ have switched back, and returned their focus to making projectors that use the traditional technology. Customers have begun returning to the traditional bulbs as well, simply because they are brighter and less costly to replace. Another added benefit of course was that the customer was able to keep their existing projector, which saves time and aggravation, and ultimately means less waste in our landfills.

Although LED technology is game changing in many industries, in the case of projector bulbs, traditional Mercury- Arc Vapor lamps still remain the best option.



Super Bowl LIII, featuring the New England Patriots and Los Angeles Rams, will from air from Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia on Sunday, February 3rd.  That means there’s still plenty of time to buy a new projector to watch the game in style.


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To get the most out of your experience, you’ll need to make sure your projector is high enough in quality and provides clear images.  You also want a projector that can render an image large enough in order to enjoy the experience properly!  Other details to keep in mind are the number of lumens, the contrast ratio, and the fast motion refresh rates.


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Considering these factors, here are our top recommended projector models for viewing the Super Bowl:


BenQ TK800

This BenQ model’s 3,000 lumens should be bright enough for most living rooms, and its 4k resolution will provide a dazzling image.  In addition, the BenQ TK800 can project an image of up to 300 inches.  Another standout feature of this model is the “football mode,” which adjusts brightness and resolution to render more vivid colors and more accurate skin tones.


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Among the benefits of the VPL-HW45ES is Sony’s Reality Creation technology, which enhances the quality of the images by selecting their best aspects and projecting them with a natural look; and Sony’s Creative Frame Interpolation, which smoothes the frames to keep up with fast-paced action, including sporting events.  In addition, it has 1,800 lumens, which will be enough for a home theater.


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Epson Home Cinema 5040UB

The motion refresh rate on the Epson Home Cinema 5040UB is superior in quality; fast motion refresh rates are important as they give you a nice smooth picture where you can track the ball.  Moreover, this Epson model features an excellent 1,000,000 to 1 contrast ratio, 2,500 lumens, and three 1080p LCD chips.  And with Epson’s 4k-Enhancement pixel-shifting technology, the projector’s image looks closer to true 4K than 1080p.


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Optoma HD27HDR

This Optoma model ticks all of the boxes while costing a lot less than its competitors.  It is a 4K projector that offers 3,400 lumens, and has a 50,000 to 1 contrast ratio.  The Optoma HD27HDR is bright enough to light up a 140-inch screen in the dark or a 100-inch screen in ambient light.



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If you already have a projector ready to go for viewing the Superbowl and the lamp needs replacing, MyProjectorLamps.com has you covered with an unbeatable selection of high-quality replacement lamps at low, affordable prices.  Shop with us today and save!