Hassle free instructions for replacing the Epson H281A projector lamp

Written by
  • Shelagh M.
  • 11 years ago

Epson-H281A-projector-Epson-ELPLP42-lampReplacing the Epson H281A projector lamp can be hassle-free.

The Epson H281A projector lamp will last up to 2900 hours at high brightness and close to 3900 hours at low brightness before needing to be replaced. Watch for warning signs that the Epson H281A projector lamp needs to be replaced

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Watch for the warning signs that the Epson H281A projector lamp needs replacing:

  • Dark image
  • Image that has deteriorated
  • On warning message appears on screen
  • Lamp light flashes orange

Authentic vs generic lamps

The Internet has been flooded with many different choices for lamps. Unfortunately many are not authentic lamps and have been created by copycat manufacturers. It can be tempting to go with a “generic” compatible lamp offered at a discount price. Who doesn’t love a bargain? Unfortunately, these lamps will end up costing you more in the long run.
In order to keep your  Epson H281A projector lamp working at its optimum levels and to prevent damage, you’ll want to buy an authentic projector lamp. When you buy from an authorized dealer, you’ll be getting a lamp that has been manufactured to the specifications of your projector.

Why avoid generics:

Learn how to spot the copycat fake lamps with 7 Ways to Spot a Counterfeit Lamp.

Buy this lamp on Amazon sold by these authorized dealers:

Installing the Epson H281A projector lamp

Before installation:

  • Turn off power switch on the back of the Epson H281A projector.
  • After you turn off the projector’s power and the confirmation buzzer beeps twice, disconnect the power cable
  • Allow the Epson H281A projector 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.

1. The lamp cover is found on top of the Epson H281A projector. Loosen the lamp cover screw — you can’t remove it only loosen it.
2. Slide the Epson H281A projector lamp cover off.
3. Loosen the two screws holding the Epson ELPLP42 lamp in place.
4. Grab the Epson H281A projector lamp by the two indents on the lamp. Gently remove the lamp. Pulling too quickly can cause the bulb to shatter. Learn what to do should the bulb shatter.
NOTE: The Epson ELPLP42 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).
5. Gently insert the Epson ELPLP42 lamp making sure it’s facing the right way.
NOTE: 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.
6. Tighten the screws on the new Epson ELPLP42 lamp.
7. Replace the Epson H281A projector lamp lamp cover and tighten the screw on the Epson H281A projector lamp cover.
8. Reset the lamp timer.

Reset the lamp timer on the Epson H281A projector

Reset the Epson H281A projector Lamp Replacement Counter only when the Epson ELPLP42 lamp has been replaced.

  • Press the MENU button on the remote control. The Lamp Reset Menu will appear.
  • Scroll down to the RESET. Press ENTER.
  • Click on RESET ALL.
  • A prompt appears asking if you want to replace the lamp.
  • Select YES and press ENTER.
  • Press MENU to exit.


Prolong the life of the Epson ELPLP42 lamp:

Extend the life of the newly installed Epson ELPLP42 with the following tips:

  • Keep your air filters clean to avoid overheating the projector.
  • Turn off the Epson H281A projector 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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