How to install a new Epson EH-TW5500 projector lamp

Written by
  • Shelagh M.
  • 11 years ago

Epson EH-TW5500 projectror, Epson ELPLP49 lamp

Replace the Epson EH-TW5500 projector lamp with this guide

When it’s time to change your Epson EH-TW5500 projector lamp, you’ll see a replacement warning message on the screen. You’ll also notice an orange blinking light on the projector.
Epson EH-TW5500 warning light, Epson ELPLP49 lamp This is the lamp replacement indicator letting you know it’s to replace your Epson EH-TW5500 projector lamp
You can expect 3900 hours of lamp from the lamp depending on the settings and usage of the Epson EH-TW5500.

The importance of authentic lamps

When it’s time to change your Epson ELPLP49 projector lamp, it’s important to buy only a genuine lamp to replace the old lamp. The price of counterfeit knock-off lamps may be tempting but can cost you more money in the long run. Counterfeit lamps are not manufactured according to Epson’s specifications and can damage the sensitive (and expensive) mechanisms in your Epson EH-TW5500 projector.
Buy a Epson ELPLP49 lamp from a recognized dealer to get a far superior product with a replacement guarantee and tech support. Learn the 7 Ways to spot a counterfeit lamp.] Find this authentic lamp on Amazon sold by these authorized dealers:

6 reasons to avoid generics

Step-by-step instructions 

Before installation:

  • Turn off the projector and unplug the AC cord.
  • Allow the Epson EH-TW5500 to cool for one hour – it should be cool to the touch. Inside of the projector can be very hot since these machines operator under high temperatures and you run the risk of being burned if the projector has not cooled down.
  • Do not operate the projectors while any of the lamps are removed as this may result in malfunctions, fire hazard and other accidents.

Caution: Don’t touch the screen or the actual bulb with your finger since the oil from your skin can cause a black spot on the bulb.
Epson EH-TW5500 projector lid off, Epson ELPLP49 lamp1. The lamp cover for the Epson EH-TW5500 is found on top of the projector. Take the screwdriver that came with the projector and put it into opening on the lamp cover to release the cover switch. Remove the lamp cover.
Epson EH-TW5500 remove screws projector, Epson ELPLP49 lamp
2. Remove the two screws on either side of Epson ELPLP49 lamp. Place the screws to either side.
Epson EH-TW5500 remove lamp, Epson ELPLP49 lamp
3. Pull the lamp out using the top handle. Be sure to pull it out straight. Pulling too quickly can cause the bulb to shatter. Learn what to do should the bulb shatter.
NOTE: The Epson ELPLP49 lamp contains mercury and should not be thrown into regular garbage.  Recycle your used lamps! 
Epson EH-TW5500 projector, Epson ELPLP49 lamp
4, Take the new Epson ELPLP49 lamp by the handle and gently put it into place making sure the lamp is facing in the right direction.
Epson EH-TW5500 tighten screws, Epson ELPLP49 lamp
5. Replace the Epson ELPLP49 screws on the newly installed lamp.
Epson EH-TW5500 lamo cover reinstalled, Epson ELPLP49 lamp
6. Re-connect the lamp cover. Tighten the screws on the cord and turn on the Epson EH-TW5500 projector.
7. Re-attach the power cord. Turn the projector on and let it warm up.
8. Reset the Lamp Operating time.

Resetting the Epson EH-TW5500 Lamp Operating Time

Reset the Epson EH-TW5500 Lamp Replacement Counter only when the Epson ELPLP49 lamp has been replaced.
Epson EH-TW5500 reset lamp timer, Epson ELPLP49 lamp

  • Turn the Epson EH-TW5500 projector on.
  • Press MENU to display the configuration menu.
  • Press the down arrow to move down the menu to the Reset option.

Epson EH-TW5500 reset menu, Epson ELPLP49 lamp

  • Press Enter to enter the Reset Menu.
  • Press the down arrow to move down the menu to the Reset Lamp Hours option.
  • Press Enter.

Epson EH-TW5500 lamp reset, Epson ELPLP49 lamp

  • When the Reset Lamp Hour option has been chosen the Reset Lamp Hours message will appear.
  • Use the cursor to move to the YES option.
  • Press Enter to reset the lamp hours to zero.


Prolong the life of the Epson ELPLP49 lamp:

Extend the life of the newly installed Epson ELPLP49 with the following tips:

  • Keep your air filters clean to avoid overheating the projector.
  • Turn off the Epson EH-TW5500 and let it stand for at least one hour ever 24 hours. An average use of four to five hours per day will ensure longer lamp life.
  • Make sure there is enough airflow around the projector particularly if it’s been permanently mounted.
  • Learn more with Top tips for extending DLP projector lamp life



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