Replace the Viewsonic PJD6381 projector lamp

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  • Shelagh M.
  • 10 years ago

Viewsonic PJD6381 ProjectorThis helpful how-to-guide shows you how to replace the Viewsonic PJD6381 projector lamp.

Note: Viewsonic recommends you contact a service rep before changing the lamp.

When it’s time to replace the Viewsonic PJD6381 projector lamp you’ll notice the Power LED lamp light becomes a bright blue and Lamp LED becomes bright red. A warning message will also flash onscreen. Replace the lamp immediately and discontinue use of the old lamp. Failure to do can result in the lamp exploding and damaging your PJD6381 projector.

Authentic lamps are critical!

Your Viewsonic PJD6381 is a sophisticated piece of technology with sensitive optics stored inside it’s main operating system. It doesn’t make sense to buy a cheap, reproduction lamp that is inferior to authentic OEM lamps. These Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) lamps are created using the proper materials and with the proper fittings. Look for the seal of approval that lets you know you are buying an authentic projector lamp.
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Installing the Viewsonic RLC-049 lamp

Before replacing the Viewsonic RLC-049 projector follow these crucial safety tips to prevent injury to yourself or the projector:

  • NEVER change the lamp unless the Viewsonic PJD6381 projector is cool to the touch. The PJD6381 operates under extremely high temperatures and you can burn yourself quite badly.
  • Switch off the power to the Viewsonic PJD6381 projector.
  • Disconnect the power cord.

ViewSonic_PJD6381_RLC-049_lamp1. Use a screwdriver to undo the screw holding the lamp cover in place. Remove the lamp cover, being careful not to lose the screws.
2. Slide the lid — slowly — off the projector. and place to one side. Don’t lose the lid because the Viewsonic PJD6381 projector will not turn back if the lamp cover hasn’t been installed properly.
3. Remove the two screws holding the Viewsonic RLC-049 lamp in place.
Note: The used Viewsonic RLC-049 lamp contains mercury and should be properly recycled. Don’t throw it into regular garbage.
4. Grab the Viewsonic RLC-049 lamp by it’s side edges and slowly lift the lamp put of 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.

  • Remove the new Viewsonic RLC-049 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 Viewsonic PJD6381 into projector.
  • Tighten the two screws on the lamp.
  • Replace the lamp cover and tighten its two screws. Reset the lamp timer.

Reset the Lamp Replacement Timer

The Viewsonic PJD6381 projector has an automatic lamp timer that tracks the numbers of hours left in the lamp. Each time you install a new lamp, you’ll need to to reset the lamp timer to know how many hours are left and when to change the bulb.


To reset the Lamp Replacement Timer:

  • Turn on the projector.
  • Using the remote press MENU
  • Scroll to the main menu
  • Select Settings
  • Scroll down to Lamp Hours
  • Press the arrow button to move to the right,
  • Select YES.
  • Press MENU to exit.

Extend the life of the Viewsonic RLC-049 by setting the Viewsonic PJD6531w to Eco Mode. This lowers the brightness of the projector and makes the lamp last longer. Read about other tips for extending the lamp life in your Viewsonic PJD6381.

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