Follow our guide to replace the BenQ PB8260 projector lamp
Step 1: Buy authentic
Your BenQ PB8260 projector is a sophisticated machine with sensitive electronic components. The BenQ 59.J8101.CG1 projector lamp has been designed specifically to keep your projector operating at optimum levels.
You’ll want to install an authentic BenQ 59.J8101.CG1 projector lamp to keep your BenQ PB8260 projector working properly and to get the best picture quality. Although cheaper at first, generic knock-off lamps are actually not that great a bargain. These so-called “compatible” lamps are prone to explosion, have poor illumination, a shorter lamp life and can cause permanent damaged to the sensitive electronic components in your BenQ PB8260 projector.
Copy-cat manufacturers simply don’t have the parts or the know-how to create a proper projector lamp so create their lamps using toxic substances such as Krypton-85. Don’t compromise your health and void your warranty to save a few extra dollars. Go with an authentic BenQ 59.J8101.CG1 OEM projector lamp sold by a dependable seller and keep your BenQ PB8260 projector working. Learn the 7 Ways to spot a counterfeit lamp.
Buy this lamp on Amazon from the following authorized dealers:
- BenQ 59.J8101.CG1 Projector Brand New High Quality Original Projector Bulb
- 59.J8101.CG1 BenQ PE8260 Projector Lamp
- BenQ Replacement Lamp with Housing and Original Bulb for PB8250; PB8260; 59.J8101.CG1
Your first warning to replace the BenQ 59.J8101.CG1 projector lamp will show up when the lamp has been in operation for 1980 hours. If the projector is being run in Economic Mode you may continue until the second warning at 2980 hours at which time a second warning will appear.
The second warning will let you know that the power will shutdown in 20 hours time. Replace the BenQ 59.J8101.CG1 projector lamp immediately.
The final warning will flash in the center of the BenQ PB8260 screen at 3000 hours and the Lamp Indicator will light up red for 40 seconds before the BenQ PB8260 projector shuts down. The projector will not turn on until the BenQ 59.J8101.CG1 projector lamp has been replaced.
Step 2: Replacing the BenQ 59.J8101.CG1 projector lamp
NOTE: These instructions also apply to the BenQ PB8250. Before changing the projector lamp:
- Reduce the risk of electrical shock by disconnecting the power cord on the BenQ PB8260 projector.
- Reduce the risk of severe burns by allowing the projector to cool for at least 45 minutes.
- Turn the power off and disconnect the BenQ PB8260 projector.
- The projector lamp cover is found on the bottom of the projector. Turn the projector over and loosen the two screws holding the BenQ PB8260 lamp cover in place. (Use a magnetic screwdriver to make the whole process easier.)
- Loosen the screw on the BenQ 59.J8101.CG1 projector lamp.
- Grab the wire handle on the BenQ 59.J8101.CG1 projector lamp so it lifts up. Slowly and gently pull the BenQ 59.J8101.CG1 projector lamp out of the projector. Pulling too quickly can cause the bulb to shatter. Learn what to do should the bulb shatter.
- Avoid touching the optical components inside the projector as this can leave marks on the lenses causing image distortion and unwanted color changes.
- Insert the new BenQ 59.J8101.CG1 projector lamp making sure the handle is fully locked. Tighten the screw. If the screw is too loose or too tight, the projector may not turn on.
- Re-install the BenQ PB8260 lamp cover and tighten the screw.
- Reset the total lamp operation timer.
NOTE: The BenQ 59.J8101.CG1 projector lamp contains mercury and should not be thrown into regular garbage. Recycle your used lamps!
Step 3: Reset the projector lamp counter
It’s important to only reset the lamp timer when the BenQ 59.J8101.CG1 projector lamp has been replaced. Resetting the lamp timer without changing the BenQ 59.J8101.CG1 lamp can cause significant harm to your BenQ PB8260 projector.
- Press and hold EXIT button on the projector for 3 seconds to display the total used lamp time.
- Press MENU on either the projector or on the remote control. Scroll down to the LAMP HOUR TIMER. An adjustment message will appear.
- Press MENU to reset the lamp hours.
- Press EXIT.
Make your newly installed BenQ 59.J8101.CG1 projector lamp life last longer with the following tips:
- Keep your air filters clean to avoid overheating the projector.
- Use the Lamp Power option on the BenQ PB8260 projector and set to Economic Mode to reduce the amount of power used but extend lamp life.
- Learn more with Top tips for extending DLP projector lamp life.
The green alternative
You can replace only the BenQ 59.J8101.CG1 bulb and re-use the lamp cage. This can save you money and also reduce your carbon footprint. Watch our You Tube Tutorial to learn more.