Install a new Optoma DS316L projector lamp in 3 easy steps

Written by
  • Shelagh M.
  • 11 years ago

Optoma_DS316L_Projector_BL-185A_projector_lampFollow this guide to replace the Optoma DS316L projector lamp in three easy steps.

It’s easy to replace the Optoma DS316L projector lamp.

 Step 1: When to replace the Optoma DS316L projector lamp

Optoma_DS316_projector_lamp_warning_Optoma_BL-FU185AYour Optoma DS316L projector uses the Optoma BL-FU185A  projector lamp . When the Optoma DS316L projector lamp is approaching end of life, you may  notice the Lamp-LED light flashing red or the picture quality starting to get poor resolution with washed out colours. As the projector lamp approaches end of life, the  projector lamp replacement message flashes on screen. Change your proejctor lamp immediately.  The projector will not work if the lamp has burnt out or broken.
If you hear a loud pop when turning on the projector, the Optoma BL-FU185Aprojector lamp has broken. Learn what to do if the lamp has exploded inside the projector.

Step 2: Buying the right Optoma DS316L projector lamp

You will want to be prepared and have your Optoma BL-FU185A  projector lamp purchased ahead of time. Otherwise, you may be caught off guard with a broken lamp and projector that isn’t working. Be sure to purchase an authentic, OES projector lamp for your Optoma DS316L projector. You’ll notice an overwhelming selection but unfortunately many of the lamps being sold are counterfeit with long list of associated problems:

Learn How to spot a counterfeit.

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Step 3: Installing the Optoma BL-FU185A projector lamp

Before replacing the Optoma BL-FU185A projector lamp follow these important safety tips:

  • Switch off the power to the Optoma DS316L 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 DS316L 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 projector lamp contains mercury and should be properly recycled. Don’t throw it into regular garbage.
Optoma_DS316L_replace_Optoma_BL-FU185A_projector-lamp4. Lift up the wire handle on the Optoma BL-FU185A projector lamp and slowly remove it from the projector.
Be careful not to bang the projector lamp against the projector as this may case the bulb to break. Learn how to clean up a broken projector lamp.
5. Remove the new Optoma BL-FU185A  projector lamps 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 DS316L projector.
6. Tighten the two screws on the lamp.
7. Replace the lamp cover and tighten its two screws. You are now ready to reset the Lamp Replacement Timer.

Reset the Lamp Replacement Timer

The Optoma DS316L projector has an automatic lamp timer that tracks the numbers of hours left in the lamp. 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.
Optoma_DS316L_lamp_control_menu_Optoma_BL-FU185A 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.

Tips for extending Optoma BL-FU185A 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 DS316L projector particularly if it’s been permanently mounted.
  • Learn more with Top tips for extending DLP projector lamp life.

Green your Optoma DS316L projector

Optoma-BL-FU185A_replacement_bulb_training_videoThe Optoma DS316L projector has the option of re-using the existing lamp cage and replacing only the actual bulb. A great way to reduce and recycle. Watch our Optoma BL-FU185A training video to learn more.

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