How to replace the Epson EMP-7900p projector lamp

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  • Shelagh M.
  • 11 years ago

Epson_EMP_7900p_Epson_ELPLP_22Replacing the Epson EMP-7900p projector lamp is quick and simple when you follow our step by step guide.

You can expect between 2000 to 3000 hours of lamp life before you must install a replacement.
Be sure to buy an authentic the Epson EMP-7900p projector lamp from a recognized dealer.

When to replace the Epson EMP-7900p projector lamp

Epson_EMP_7900p_Lamp_warning_lightEpson_ELPLP_22When the the Epson EMP-7900p projector lamp is reaching end of life look for the following warning signs:

  • The images gets darker or starts to deteriorates.
  • LAMP REPLACE message appears on screen.
  • The warning light begins flashing orange followed by a steady red light. When the lamp light is flashing RED the lamp is burnt out and must be replaced.
  • When the brightness control is set to high the the Epson EMP-7900p projector lamp typically lasts to 2000 hours. When the brightness control is set to low, the lamp will last up to 3000 hours.

Why buy authentic lamps?

Generic lamps being sold on the internet may seem like a terrific bargain, however, they are not the best choice for use in the Epson EMP-7900p projector. Generic, compatible lamps are prone to explosions because of their inferior workmanship and will not last the full 2000 hours. They are also not calibrated properly and can damage the sensitive optics in the projector.
Look for the seal of approval when you are buying yourthe Epson EMP-7900p projector lamp. Be sure to buy the Epson ELPLP22 model. Avoid generic lamps and their associated health hazards due to the toxic materials used during their manufacturers.
Copycat manufacturers offer no guarantee or refund and the the warranty on your Epson EMP 7900p projector will become void. Don’t be fooled by the price — generic manufacturers are not the bargain they seem. Learn the 7 Ways to Spot a Counterfeit Lamp.

How to replace the lamp

Before installing the new Epson ELPLP22 lamp, do these pre-preparation steps:

  • Turn off the projector power.
  • When the power light stops flashing unplug the power cord.
  • Wait at least 60 minutesfor the Epson EMP 7900p projector to cool internally before opening it up. It should be cool to the touch. These projectors operate under extremely high temperatures so be patient and wait until the projector is cool or you run the risk of burning yourself.

NOTE: Do not operate the projectors while the lamp is removed as this may result in malfunctions, fire hazard and other accidents.
The Epson ELPLP22 lamp comes with a replacement air filter so you should change the filter at the same time. To change filters: turn the projector over and remove the air filters at the side and bottom of the projector. Replace the new filters — they should pop into place smoothly.
Insert the screwdriver supplied with the new Epson ELPLP22 lamp or use a flat-tipped screwdriver. Place the tip of the screwdriver into the space beside the air vent on the Epson EMP 7900p projector and gently slide the lamp cover to align the arrow on the cover with the arrow on the projector.
Loosen the two screw holding the Epson ELPLP22 lamp in place (they will not come all the way out). NOTE: The Epson ELPLP22 lamp contains mercury and should not be thrown into regular garbage. Recycle your used lamps!
Lift up the wire handle on the Epson ELPLP22 lamp and use it to pull the lamp straight out of the projector. Gently insert the new Epson ELPLP22 lamp. Tighten the screws and replace the lamp cover. NOTE: The projector will not turn on if the lamp cover is loose.
You are now ready to reset the lamp timer.

Resetting the Epson EMP 7900p lamp timer

The lamp timer will track the life of the Epson ELPLP22 lamp and trigger the lamp warning messages. Therefore, it’s critical to reset the lamp timer whenever you replace the lamp in the Epson PowerLite 7900NL projector. Do not re-set the Epson ELPLP22 lamp timer with an already used  lamp as this may cause the lamp to be used beyond its designated lamp life and cause an explosion.

  • Plug the projector in and turn it on.
  • Press the MENU button on the remote or on the projector’s control panel to display the Main menu,
  • Use the pointer buttons on the remote or the arrow buttons on the Epson EMP 7900p to scroll down to the ABOUT menu. Press ENTER to display the ABOUT screen information.
  • Scroll down to RESET LAMP TIMER option.
  • Press ENTER to open the second prompt screen.

Select YES and press ENTER.

  • The lamp hours will be reset to zero.
  • NOTE: Lamp usage appears as 0H until you’ve used at least 10 hours of lamp life
  • Press ESC or MENU to exit this screen.


How to extend the life of the Epson ELPLP22 lamp:

Extend the life of the newly installed Epson ELPLP22 with the following tips:

  • Keep your air filters clean to avoid overheating the projector.
  • Turn off the Epson EMP 7900p 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.
  • Set the Brightness Mode to low or Econo Mode to extend lamp life.
  • Learn more with Top tips for extending DLP projector lamp life.

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