Installation guide for a replacement Optoma PRO160S projector lamp

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  • Shelagh M.
  • 11 years ago

Don’t call a technician to replace the Optoma PRO160S projector lamp!

Follow this easy how-to guide and install a new projector lamp quickly and easily.

Optoma_PRO160S_projector_BL-FU185A_projector_lampWhen it’s time to replace the Optoma PRO160S projector lamp you may also notice the Lamp-LED light flashing red or the picture quality starting to get poor resolution with washed out colours.
Optoma_PRO160S_lamp_replacement_warning_BL-FU185A_projector_lampYou will also see the projector lamp warning message flash on screen. This means you have 30 hours before the bulb will burn out.
Your Optoma PRO160S projector uses the Optoma BL-FU185A projector lamp.

Authentic projector lamps are critical!

You’ll want the best projector lamp for your Optoma PRO160S and that means buying directly from an authorized manufacturer. Look for the seal of approval that lets you know you are buying an authentic projector lamp. Why avoid generics? While their price tag may seem appealing, you get what you pay for and with compatible, generic lamps that means a whole lot of problems.
6 reasons to avoid generic lamps:

Learn how to spot the copycat lamps posing as authentic lamps.

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Installing the Optoma BL-FU185A projector lamp

Before replacing the Optoma BL-FU185A projector lamp follow these crucial safety tips to prevent injury to yourself or the projector:

  • Switch off the power to the Optoma PRO160S 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.

Optoma_PRO160S_install_new_BL-FU185A_projector_lamp1. 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 PRO160S projector will not turn back on until the lamp cover has been properly installed.
3. Remove the two screws holding the Optoma BL-FU185A projector lamp in place.
Note: The used Optoma BL-FU185A (projector lamp contains mercury and should be properly recycled. Don’t throw it into regular garbage.
4. 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 lamp against the projector as this may case the bulb to break. Learn what to do if the lamp has exploded inside the projector.
Install the new Optoma BL-FU185A  projector lamp:

  • Remove the new Optoma BL-FU185A projector lamp 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 PRO160S projector.
  • Tighten the two screws on the projector lamp.
  • Replace the lamp cover and tighten its two screws. Reset the lamp timer.

Reset the Lamp Replacement Timer

The Optoma PRO160S projector has an automatic lamp timer that tracks the numbers of hours left in the projector lamp. When the Optoma BL-FU185A projector lamp 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 projector lamp being used beyond its recommended life and possibly exploding in the projector.
Optoma_PRO160S__reset_lamp_timerBL-FU185A_lampTo 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 life of the Optoma BL-FU185A projector lamp:

  • 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 PRO160S projector particularly if it’s been permanently mounted.
  • Learn more with Top tips for extending DLP projector lamp life.


Green your Optoma PRO160S projector

Optoma-BL-FU185A_replacement_bulb_training_videoThe Optoma PRO160S 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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