Replacing the Optoma DS316 projector lamp

Written by
  • Shelagh M.
  • 11 years ago


Wondering when and how to replace the Optoma DS316 projector lamp? Follow this easy how-to guide and learn more.

When to replace the projector lamp

Optoma_DS316_lamp_warning_Optoma_BL-FU185AWhen it’s time to replace the Optoma DS316 projector lamp you’ll see lamp replacement message flash on screen. Change the lamp in your Optoma DS316 projector immediately. You may also notice the Lamp-LED light flashing red or the picture quality starting to get poor resolution with washed out colours.

The importance of buying authentic

The Internet has been flooded with generic lamps stating they are “compatible” with Optoma DS316 projectors. Consider the source before purchasing. Look for a registered OEM manufacturer  in North America using the correct materials and specifications. Generic lamps have a long list of problems:

Learn How to buy an authentic lamp.

Find this lamp sold on Amazon by these authorized dealers:

Installing the Optoma BL-FU185A

Your Optoma DS316 projector lamp needs the Optoma BL-FU185A lamp. Follow these important Before replacing the Optoma DS316 projector lamp be sure to follow these important  safety tips:

  • Switch off the power to the Optoma DS316 projector by pressing the Power/Standby button.
  • Disconnect the power cord.
  • Allow the projector to cool down for at least 30 minutes. If should be cool to the touch. These projectors run using high temperatures and you can burn yourself badly if you don’t allow the projector to cool down.

1. Use a screwdriver to undo the two screws holding the lamp cover in place. The screws on the lamp cover and the lamp cannot be removed.
2. Remove the lid and place to one side. Don’t lose the lid as the Optoma DS316 projector will not turn back on until the lamp cover has been properly installed.
3. Remove the two screws holding the Optoma BL-FU185A in place.
Note: The used Optoma BL-FU185A lamp contains mercury and should be properly recycled. Don’t throw it into regular garbage.
Optoma_DS316_replace_Optoma_BL-FU185A4. Lift up the wire handle on the Optoma BL-FU185A lamp and slowly remove it from the projector.  Be careful not to bang the lamp against the projector as this may case the bulb to break. Learn what to do if the lamp has exploded inside the projector.
5. Remove the new Optoma BL-FU185A from its packaging. Taking care not to touch the actual bulb, lift up the handle on the new lamp and insert it gently into the Optoma DS316 projector.
6. Tighten the two screws on the lamp.
7. Replace the lamp cover and tighten its two screws.

Reset the Lamp Replacement Timer

The Optoma DS316 projector has an automatic lamp timer that tracks the numbers of hours left in the lamp. When the Optoma BL-FU185A is approaching end of life, the lamp replacement timer will trigger the warning system. If you don’t reset the lamp replacement timer you run the risk of the lamp being used beyond its recommended life and possibly exploding in the projector.
Should the lamp explode, learn what to do.
To reset the Lamp Replacement Timer:

  • Turn on the projector.
  • Using the remote press MENU
  • Select OPTIONS
  • Select LAMP RESET
  • Select YES.
  • Press MENU to exit.

Extend the lamp life:

  • Chose the “STD” mode to to dim the projector lamp and lower power consumption. This will extend the lamp life by up to 130%.
  • Keep your air filters clean to avoid overheating the projector.
  • Every 24 hours, turn off the projector and let it stand for 1 hour
  • Make sure there is enough airflow around the Optoma DS316 projector particularly if it’s been permanently mounted.
  • Learn more with Top tips for extending DLP projector lamp life

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