Changing the Epson PowerLite 1717c projector lamp

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  • Shelagh M.
  • 11 years ago

epson_Powerlite-1717Install a replacement Epson PowerLite 1717c projector lamp

Replacing Epson PowerLite 1717c projector lamp is simple when you follow our guide. Know when to replace the Epson PowerLite 1717c projector lamp and where to find the best lamp.

End of life warnings

When the Epson ELPLP38 is approaching end of life in the Epson PowerLite 1717c you’ll see the following warning signs:

  • lamp light on projector continually flashes orange
  • “Replace the lamp” message appears on screen.
  • image is gradually dimming or starting to deteriorate.
  • Colors appear darker than normal

Prolong the life of the Epson ELPLP38 from 2000 hours to 3000 hours by lowering the Brightness Control to low!

The right type of lamp: Buy authentic

While there are plenty of cheaper options when it comes to buying the Epson ELPLP38 lamp over the Internet, you should go with authentic lamps for a variety of reason.  Start off by looking for the seal of approval displayed by authorized dealers. This certificate proves they have access to original OEM lamps that are created with quality parts.
Most lamps being advertised as “generic” or “compatible” are usually counterfeit lamps with inferior workmanship. While they may appear to bargain, these copycat lamps actually won’t last the full 3000 hours. But even worse, these lamps can damage the sensitive optics in your  Epson PowerLite 1717c because they simply can’t be calibrated properly. Probably the most worrisome feature about these copycat lamps is that due to their toxic materials, they are a health hazard.
Installing a non-OEM Epson ELPLP38 will also void any warranty on your Epson PowerLite 1717c. Learn how to avoid generics posing as authentic lamps.

Buy this lamp on Amazon from the following authorized dealers:

Replacing the lamp

Before installation follow these important safety tips:

  • Turn power button off. Wait for the two beeps that follow and unplug the power cord on the Epson PowerLite 1717c.
  • Wait until the projector is 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 1717c projector cover using the screwdriver provided.


  • Slide the lamp cover to the side and lift it off the Epson PowerLite 1717c projector.

Loosen the two screws holding the Epson ELPLP38 lamp in place. NOTE: You can only loosen these screws. They don’t come out all the way.


  • Gently insert the new Epson ELPLP38 lamp into the Epson PowerLite 1717c projector.
  • Avoid touching the actual lamp since your fingerprints will cause black out spots to appear when the projector starts working.
  • Push down the corner marked PUSH until the lamp snaps in.
  • Once the Epson ELPLP38 lamp is fully inserted, tighten the screws.
  • Slide out the air filters found at the bottom of the projector. Remove the current filter.
  • Slide in the new air filter until it clicks into place.
  • You are now ready to reset the lamp timer.

Resetting the Epson PowerLite 1717c Lamp Timer

It’s important to reset the PowerLite 1717c 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 1717c 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 and causing the lamp to overheat.
  • Turn off the Epson PowerLite 1717c projector for at least one hour ever 24 hours.
  • Don’t overuse the lamp. 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 so it doesn’t overheat.
  • Set the Brightness Mode to low.
  • Learn more with Top tips for extending DLP projector lamp life

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