Samsung DLP Lamp Compatibility Reference

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*PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS ARTICLE IS OUTDATED AND HAS BEEN EDITED. THE PHILIPS LAMP ADAPTER IS NO LONGER NEEDED SINCE ALL PHILIPS LAMPS HAVE BEEN UPGRADED TO MEET THE RELIABILITY STANDARDS AND STOCK DEMANDS OF TODAY’S USE!
Samsung has a lot of DLP customers confused… here is a little background:
Samsung originally used Toshiba as their UHP Lamp supplier. Samsung went through a few production runs and then made the decision to switch to Philips UHP Lamps. Why they made the switch is speculation…Higher quality? Better reputation? Better pricing? Who knows! One thing that is clear: Philips is the innovator of UHP lamps. They are also leaders in R&D in this growing technology. Samsung did it’s homework and went with the leader in the industry (good job Samsung)!
So Samsung originally came out with BP96-00224A which was a Toshiba Lamp. This was later replaced with the BP96-00224C which was a Philips Lamp. Here is a picture below showing the only physically apparent difference between the lamp enclosures.

BP96-00224A vs BP96-00224J

BP96-00224A vs BP96-00224J


Don’t pay too much attention to the shape of the enclosure as there are a few variations of each. More importantly are the connectors and their shapes and colors. The Toshiba connectors are more of a rectangular design and they are BROWN while the Philips lamps have a more rounded connector and are BLACK. Physically the lamps are essentially the same size but they are not interchangeable. I will post another entry showing the differences in the lamps themselves. Here are two pictures of the Samsung lamp:
BP96-00224A vs BP96-00224C Lamp Enclosures
BP96-00224A vs BP96-00224C Lamp Enclosures
If you replace a Toshiba lamp with a Philips you will need to change the ballast as well…otherwise you could burn the ballast, lamp, or both!

So which lamp is compatible with which TV?
Wait a minute… there is also a NEWER Design lamp out there!

The newer designed lamp is made by Philips and it is compatible as a replacement for ALL Samsung TVs that use the Philips Lamps. If you have a “Big” Philips lamp (like the one pictured above), you will need the Philips Lamp Adapter to use the newest “Small” Philips lamps, click here for more information about the adapter. Anyway, here is a picture of the latest model Lamp only:
BP96-00826A Compatible Lamp

But this is a much smaller lamp than the one in my TV…are you sure it is compatible?

As UHP Lamp technology evolves, these lamps are going to get smaller and more luminous. These newer lamps are 100W/120W lamps and use the same energy as the older lamps, yet their compact and modern design is another benefit to the extended life Philips claims.

I’m still confused, do you have a simple way for me to distinguish which type of lamp I have and what my replacement options are?

The simple answer is YES, but a YES with an exception. Samsung screwed up big time with the production of their DLPs. I don’t know of any other manufacturer who has gone through so many lamp changes!
First Step: Locate the lamp code on the right side of your TV (right side of the TV as if you are watching TV). Typically there is a RED and WHITE sticker that looks like this:
BP96-00826A Compatible Lamp
The “(P)” in the lamp code stands for Philips. If your lamp code has a “(T)” that means the lamp manufacturer is Toshiba… which also means you have one of the first generation TVs Samsung manufactured! This is a bad thing considering you will need to change your ballast if you want to use the more readily available Philips “Big” lamps or the newer Philips “Small” Lamps.
To CLARIFY again,
Step 1: figure out who manufactured your lamp: Philips or Toshiba.
Step 2: If you have a Philips (P) Lamp, and the lamp code the starts with BP96-00224, then that means you should have a “Big” Philips lamp inside your TV, one of these:
BP96-00224A vs BP96-00224C Lamp Enclosures
If you have a Philips (P) and the Lamp Code starts with BP96-006, BP96-008, BP96-01, that usually means you have a “Small” Philips lamp, like this:
BP96-00224A vs BP96-00224C Lamp Enclosures
But we’ve seen cases where this is not true! The safest and recommended way to go about it is to physically remove the lamp enclosure to inspect the lamp. There should also be another Lamp Code sticker on the side of the enclosure… often times this lamp code is different from the lamp code on the outside of the TVs (go figure…)! To avoid problems, take 5 minutes and check the lamp type!
If you have a “Big” Philips lamp,  purchase the original, OEM, Philips lamp available from Discount-Merchant.com.
If you have a “Small” Philips lamp, your best bet is to purchase an original replacement lamp. OEM lamps are available here. Our partner site, Discount-Merchant.com has made it clear that they are the lowest price anywhere for original lamps. If you find a better price, let us know and we will have Discount-Merchant.com beat it 😉
*PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS ARTICLE IS OUTDATED AND HAS BEEN EDITED. THE PHILIPS LAMP ADAPTER IS NO LONGER NEEDED SINCE ALL PHILIPS LAMPS HAVE BEEN UPGRADED TO MEET THE RELIABILITY STANDARDS AND STOCK DEMANDS OF TODAY’S USE!

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