How to replace the Optoma EP7169 projector lamp

Written by
  • Shelagh M.
  • 10 years ago

Optoma_EP7169_projector_BL-FU1801A_projector_lampThis handy step-by-step guide will help you install a new Optoma EP7169 projector lamp.

Why avoid generic lamps?

When it’s time to repkace Optoma EP7169 projector lamp be sure to invest in an authentic lamp. Your Optoma EP716P uses the Optoma BL-FU180A  projector lamp. Look for the seal of approval to be sure you’re buying an authentic OEM projector lamp.
Counterfeit lamps 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 EP716P9 projector. Learn the 7 Ways to Spot a Counterfeit Lamp.

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End of projector lamp life warnings

Watch for these telltale signs that the Optoma BL-FU180A  lamp is reaching end of life:


  • faded image
  • colours are off or not as vivid
  • blinking LED lights on the Optoma EP761P projector
  • the following warning sign on your screen:

Installing a new Optoma BL-FU180A projector lamp

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

  • Switch off the power to the Optoma EP7169 projector by pressing the Power/Standby button.
  • Disconnect the power cord.
  • Allow the projector to cool down for at least 30 minutes. Bu sure it is cool to the touch before opening the projector or you could burn yourself badly. These projectors work under extremely high temperatures.

Step 1: Place something soft underneath the Optoma EP7169 and then turn the projector onto it’s back. Remove the two screws holding the projector lamp 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  projector lamp module in place.
Slowly put out the old projector lamp by grabbing the edge of the lamp. Be careful not to bang theprojector  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 used projector lamp contains mercury and should be properly recycled. Don’t throw it into regular garbage.
Step 4: Place the new Optoma BL-FU180A projector lamp into the Optoma EP7169 projector. Tighten the two screws on the projector 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 EP7169

The Optoma EP7169 projector has an automatic projector 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.

Give the Optoma BL-FU180A projector lamp longer life:

  • 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 EP7169 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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