3 steps to a new Epson PowerLite 1700 projector lamp

Written by
  • Shelagh M.
  • 11 years ago

Epson_PowerLite_1700_projector_Epson_ELPLP38Install a new Epson PowerLite 1700 projector lamp in 3 easy steps.

The life span of the Epson PowerLite 1700 projector lamp is 2000 hours when Brightness Control is set to High (which is the default) or 3000 hours if the Brightness Control is set to Low.

STEP 1: Know when to replace

When the Epson ELPLP38 is approaching end of life you’ll start to see warnings signs:

  • A image that is gradually dimming or deteriorating.
  • Colour that appears darker than normal or off colour.
  • “Replace the lamp” warning flashing on screen.
  • Lamp light flashing a steady orange.

Replace the Epson ELPLP38 lamp immediately so you don’t run the risk of having the lamp explode in the Epson PowerLite 1700 projector.

STEP 2: Buy authentic an authentic Epson PowerLite 1700 projector lamp

The Internet is awash with companies selling generic lamps at reduced prices. These lamps are not the authentic lamp created by the OEM manufacturers. Authentic lamps offer quality, price and reliability!
Generic lamps offer inferior workmanship which translates to an inferior product, that doesn’t last the full 2000 hours. These lamps can’t be calibrated properly and they they can seriously damage the optics in your Epson PowerLite 1700. But the main reason to avoid generic lamps are the health hazard they pose due to their toxic materials.
Keep the warranty valid on Epson PowerLite 1700. Buy an authentic lamp from a recognized dealer who proudly displays the seal of approval. Learn how to avoid generics posing as authentic lamps.

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STEP 3: Replacing the Epson ELPLP38 lamp

Before installation follow these important safety tips:

  • Turn power button off and after the Epson PowerLite 1700 has beeped twice unplug the power cord.
  • The Epson PowerLite 1700 should be cool to the touch.
  • DO NOT attempt to change the Epson ELPLP38 if the projector is still hot. You get badly burned if you don’t wait for the projector to cool.

IMPORTANT: Do not operate the projector when the lamp is removed as this may result in malfunctions, fire hazard and other accidents.

  • Loosen the screw on the Epson PowerLite 1700 projector cover using the screwdriver provided.


  • Slide the lamp cover to the side and lift it off the Epson PowerLite 1700 projector.

Loosen the two screws holding the Epson ELPLP38 lamp in place. Theses screws don’t come out all the way.


  • Gently insert the new Epson ELPLP38 lamp into the Epson PowerLite 1700 projector.
  • Avoid touching the actual lamp since your fingerprints will cause black out spots to appear when the projector starts working.
  • Tighten the screws on the Epson ELPLP38 lamp. Be sure not to tighten too much or the lamp may not work.
  • Replace the lamp cover and tighten the screw on the Epson ELPLP38 projector lamp cover.
  • You are now ready to reset the lamp timer.

Resetting the Epson PowerLite 1700 Lamp Timer

It’s important to reset the PowerLite 1700 has a lamp timer each time a new lamp is installed so the projector can accurately track the Epson ELPLP38 lamp. Never use the Epson ELPLP38 lamp beyond its recommended usage as this can damage the Epson 1700 projector beyond repair.

  • Press MENU.
  • Scroll down to RESET. Press ENTER.
  • Scroll down RESET LAMP HOURS. Press ENTER.
  • A second prompt screen will appear. Select YES at the prompt screen. Press ENTER.
  • Press ESC or MENU to exit.


Extending the life of your Epson ELPLP38 lamp

Follow this simple tips to make your Epson ELPLP38 lamp last even longer:

  • Keep your air filters clean to avoid overheating the projector.
  • Turn off the Epson PowerLite 1700 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.
  • Learn more with Top tips for extending DLP projector lamp life

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