Changing the Optoma EP716R projector lamp

Written by
  • Shelagh M.
  • 11 years ago


Use our step-by-step guide to install a new lamp Optoma EP716 projector lamp.

When the Optoma EP716R projector lamp needs to be replaced the image with start to fade? Are you seeing blinking lights and warning messages?

Avoiding generics

Keep your projector running smoothly by installing a Optoma EP716R projector lamp. Generic appear to be a great deal with their great price tag. But they are actually going to cost you more in the long run. These generics are created with toxic materials and often don’t have the proper safeguards to protect your eyesight. They are also prone to explosions, don’t last as long as authentic and can damage the sensitive optics in your Optoma EP716R projector. Learn the 7 Ways to Spot a Counterfeit Lamp.
Before you replace the Optoma BL-FU180A lamp make sure you have bought an authentic lamp. Only these OEM lamps can keep your Optoma EP716R projector working at optimal best. Look for the seal of approval to be sure you’re getting an authentic lamp.

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Step-by-step instructions for replacing the Optoma BL-FU180A

Follow these important safety steps before installing a new Optoma BL-FU180A:

  • The used Optoma BL-FU180A contains mercury and should be properly recycled. Don’t throw it into regular garbage.
  • Switch off the power to the Optoma EP716R 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.

Step 1: Place something soft underneath the Optoma EP716R and then turn the projector onto it’s back. Remove the two screws holding the cover in place.
Step 2: Push the cover up to remove it.
Step 3: Use a screwdriver to remove the two screws holding the Optoma BL-FU180A lamp module in place.
Slowly put out the old lamp by grabbing the edge of the lamp. 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.
NOTE: The Optoma BL-FU180A lamp contains mercury and can’t be placed into your regular garbage. Recycle this lamp. 
Step 4: Place the new Optoma BL-FU180A into the Optoma EP716R projector. Tighten the two screws on the lamp. Replace the lamp cover and tighten its two screws.
You must now reset the Lamp Replacement Timer.

Reset the lamp timing on the Optoma EP716R

The Optoma EP716R projector has an automatic lamp reset timer that tracks the life of the lamp and triggers the lamp replacement warning. You need to reset the timer each time the lamp is replaced.


  • Press the Menu option on either the remote or on the projector.
  • Scroll over the Lamp Setting. Press enter.
  • Select Reset Lamp Hours. Press Enter
  • The Execute/Cancel command line will appear.
  • Scroll over to choose Execute. Press Enter. The lamp hours is reset to zero.

Make the Optoma BL-FU180A last longer with these tips:

  • Turning on the Eco Mode to lower power consumption and extend the lamp life by 130%.
  • Keep your air filters clean to avoid overheating the projector.
  • Turn off the Optoma EP716R projector and let it stand for at least one hour ever 24 hours.
  • Make sure there is enough airflow around the projector particularly if it’s been permanently mounted.
  • Top tips for extending DLP projector lamp life

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