How to replace the Optoma DS316 projector lamp

Written by
  • Shelagh M.
  • 10 years ago

Optoma_DS316_projector_BL-FU185A_projector_lamp Here’s how to replace the Optoma DS316 projector lamp using our step-by-step guide.

Reaching end of life

Optoma_DS316_lamp_warning_Optoma_BL-FU185A_projector_lampWhen the Optoma DS316 projector lamp is reaching end of life, you may notice the Lamp-LED light flashing red. A lamp warning message will also appear on screen. Another warning sign may be a change in the quality of the picture on screen.
If you hear a loud pop when turning on the projector, the Optoma BL-FU185A  projector lamp has broken. Learn what to do if the projector lamp has exploded inside the projector.

Invest in authentic replacement projector lamps

Be sure to have your back-up replacement Optoma BL-FU185A projector lamp ready so you can replace the lamp immediately when needed. Keep your  Optoma DS316 projector working at optimum levels by investing in an authentic projector lamp. When buying on the Internet, make sure you are buying an OEM and look for the seal of approval.  Generic lamps have a shorter lamp life than original lamps and are created with toxic materials. When you buy copy-cat lamps you get no guarantee or refunds and they can damage the sensitive electronics in your projectors. Learn How to spot a counterfeit.

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Install the Optoma BL-FU185A projector lamp

Follow these important safety tips before replacing the Optoma BL-FU185A  projector lamp:

  • 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 projector 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  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.
Optoma_DS316_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 lamp against the projector as this may case the bulb to break. Learn how to clean up a broken lamp.
5. 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 DS316 projector.
6. Tighten the two screws on the projector lamp.
7. Replace the lamp cover and tighten its two screws.

Reset the Projector Lamp Replacement Timer

The Optoma DS316  projector has an automatic projector 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_DS316_lamp_control_menu_Optoma_BL-FU185A_projector_lamp To reset the Projector 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 projector 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.

Green your Optoma DS316 projector

Optoma-BL-FU185A_replacement_bulb_training_videoThe Optoma DS316 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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