Your DIY guide to replacing the BenQ MP526/MP526P projector lamp

Written by
  • Shelagh M.
  • 12 years ago

BenQ MP526/MP565P projector, Ben Q 5J.J0A05.001 lampReplacing the BenQ 5J.J0A05.001 projector lamp is fast and simple. When it’s time to replace the lamp in your BenQ MP526/MP526P projector the Lamp Indicator will start flashing along with messages on the screen.
Follow our quick, easy guide for a new BenQ 5J.J0A05.001 in the BenQ MP526/MP526P projector.

Buy authentic

You can expect up to 3000 hours with BenQ 5J.J0A05.001 projector lamp as long as you buy authentic. OEM projector lamps are superior to generic lamps currently sold at discount prices on the Internet.
At first glance generic compatible lamps seem like an incredible bargain. But when you factor in their shorter life spans and poor illumination along with other problems, these lamps actually end up costing more in the long run.  These lamps are prone to explosion and have been created using toxic substances such as Krypton-85. Using a counterfeit generic lamp will also void any warranty for your BenQ MP526/MP526P projector.

Associated problems with generic lamps

Buying from an authorized seller of genuine projector lamps ensures installation of a lamp created with the proper components and workmanship that works properly with the key components in your projector. Genuine lamps will give you the sharpest and brightest picture.
Learn how to spot a counterfeit lamp and their associated problems:

Warning Messages:

BenQ MP526/MP526P lamp warning 1, Ben Q 5J.J0A05.001
First Warning: The BenQ 5J.J0A05.001 lamp has been in operation equivalent to 2500 hours. Install a new BenQ 5J.J0A05.001 lamp for optimal performance. If you are using Econo Mode the lamp life will be extended to 2950.
BenQ MP526/MP526P lamp warning 2, Ben Q 5J.J0A05.001
Second Warning: The BenQ 5J.J0A05.001 lamp has been in operation equivalent to 2950 hours. A new BenQ 5J.J0A05.001 lamp should be installed.
BenQ MP526/MP526P lamp warning 3, Ben Q 5J.J0A05.001
Third Warning: The BenQ 5J.J0A05.001 lamp has been in operation equivalent to 3000 hours. You may notice the brightness of the lamp diminishing significantly. It should be replaced immediately.
BenQ MP526/MP526P final lamp warning, Ben Q 5J.J0A05.001
Final Warning: The BenQ 5J.J0A05.001 lamp has reached end of life and the projector will not turn on until it’s been replaced. Replace the BenQ 5J.J0A05.001 lamps immediately.

Replacing the BenQ 5J.J0A05.001 lamp

Before changing the lamp:
  • Reduce the risk of electrical shock by disconnecting the power cord on the BenQ MP526/MP526P projector.
  • Reduce the risk of severe burns by allowing the projector to cool for at least 45 minutes.

To replace the BenQ 5J.J0A05.001 lamp:
BenQ MP526/MP526P cover screw off, Ben Q 5J.J0A05.001
1. Protect the BenQ MP526/MP526P projector’s top surface by placing it face down on a soft surface. Turn the projector over and loosen the screws on the lamp cover.
BenQ MP526/MP526P cover off, Ben Q 5J.J0A05.001 lamp
2. Remove the lamp cover. Be careful not to insert your fingers between the BenQ 5J.J0A05.001 lamp and the projector as there are sharp edges that can cause injuries.
BenQ MP526/MP526P lamp screw out, Ben Q 5J.J0A05.001
3. Loosen the screw holding the BenQ 5J.J0A05.001 lamp in place. A magnetic-head screwdriver will make it easier to remove the screw.
BenQ MP526/MP526P lamp connectors out, Ben Q 5J.J0A05.0014. Pull out the lamp connector from a slot in the lamp compartment. Disconnect it from the BenQ MP526/MP526P projector.
BenQ MP526/MP526P lamp out, Ben Q 5J.J0A05.001
5. Using the wire handle, slowly pull the BenQ 5J.J0A05.001 lamp out of the projector. Never force the lamp out of the projecto; pulling too quickly can cause the bulb to shatter. Learn what to do should the bulb shatter.
BenQ MP526/MP526P lamp connectors input, Ben Q 5J.J0A05.001
6. Reconnect the lamp connector. Put the BenQ 5J.J0A05.001 lamp back into its slot so that it is flush with the BenQ MP526/MP526P projector.
BenQ MP526/MP526P lamp screwed in, Ben Q 5J.J0A05.0017. Tighten the screw that secures the BenQ 5J.J0A05.001 lamp. A loose screw may cause a bad connection while a over tightened screw may cause the lamp to not work. Ensure the wire handle is fully flat and locked in place.
BenQ MP526/MP526P cover on, Ben Q 5J.J0A05.0018. Replace the lamp cover on the BenQ MP526/MP526P projector.
9. Tighten the screws that secure the lamp cover and restart the projector to reset the lamp timer.
NOTE: The BenQ 5J.J0A05.001 lamp contains mercury and should not be thrown into regular garbage. Recycle your used lamps! If you bought from an authentic manufacturer they will recycle the lamp for you at no extra cost (another reason to buy authentic lamps).

Resetting the lamp timer

It’s important to set the lamp timer so the BenQ MP526/MP526P can accurately track the life of the newly installed BenQ 5J.J0A05.001 lamp.
BenQ MP526/MP526P reset lamp timer, Ben Q 5J.J0A05.001

  • After the start-up logo, press Menu/Exit
  • Scroll down to SYSTEM SETUP. Press Enter.
  • Scroll down to the Advanced menu.
  • Press to highlight Lamp Settings.
  • Press Mode/Enter to display the Lamp Settings page.
  • A warning message is displayed asking if you want to reset the lamp timer. Highlight Reset and press Mode/Enter.
  • The lamp time will be reset to “0”.

Do not reset if the lamp is not new or replaced as this could cause damage.

Extend the life of the BenQ 5J.J0A05.001 lamp:

  • Keep your air filters clean to avoid overheating the BenQ MP526/MP526P projector.
  • Setting Lamp Power to Economic Mode. To set the Econo Mode: Go into the SYSTEM SETUP: Advanced > Lamp Settings > Lamp Mode.
  • Learn more with Top tips for extending DLP projector lamp life.

BenQ-5J.J0405_bulb_replacementAnother alternative: replace only the bulb

If you’re interested in saving some money and recycling why not think about replacing just the bulb instead of the entire lamp unit? By only replacing the BenQ 5J.J0405.001 bulb and re-using the actual lamp cage, you’ll have a greener and cheaper solution. It’s not as hard as it sounds and we have even created a video tutorial to show you how.

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