Four steps to a new Optoma EX540 projector lamp

Written by
  • Shelagh M.
  • 9 years ago

Optoma EX540_projector_BL-FP180E SP.8EF01GC01_projector_lampKeep your  projector working! Learn how to replace the Optoma EX540 projector lamp using this guide.

Like any other projector, the Optoma EX540 uses a specialized projector lamp that will need to be changed after 3000 hours of use. Follow our 4-step guide to changing the Optoma EX540 projector lamp.

Step 1: Buying the right projector lamp

Your Optoma EX540 uses the BL-FP180E (SP.8EF01GC01) projector lamp.
Be sure to buy an authentic projector lamp in order to keep your projector working properly and avoid safety and health issues from counterfeit lamps. While the price of generic lamps can be tempting, installing them into your Optoma EX540 projector can result in the sophisticated optics being damaged beyond repair. Generic lamps also don’t have the proper safeguards and can damaged your eyesight. Scroll down to learn more.
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Step 2: Know when to replace

Optoma-EX540_projector_BL-FP180E_SP.8EF01GC01_projector_replacement_lamp_warningWhen the Optoma BL-FP180E (SP.8EF01GC01) projector lamp life is reaching end of life, you’ll see a warning sign appear on screen.
Replace the lamp immediately when you see this warning signs. Using the lamp beyond its recommended 3000 hours can result in the lamp exploding inside the projector. This results in a messy and time consuming clean up. Watch for these other signs that the BL-FP180E (SP.8EF01GC01) lamp may be reaching it’s end of life:

  • the Lamp LED flashing amber
  • picture has poor colour quality
  • image vibrancy and definition has deteriorated

Step 3: Installing a new Optoma BL-FP180E lamp

Pre-installation safety Preparation:
Follow these important safety tips before installing a new BL-FP180E into your Optoma EX540 projector.

  • Switch off the power to the projector by pressing the Power/Standby button.
  • Allow the projector to cool down for at least 30 minutes. If should be cool to the touch. The Optoma EX540 runs at a high temperature and you can burn yourself badly if you don’t allow the projector to cool down.
  • Disconnect the power cord.

Step-by-step instructions

Optoma-EX540_BL-FP180E_SP.8EF01GC01_replacement_projector_lampRemove the old lamp
1: Use a screwdriver to loosen the two screws holding the projector lamp cover in place. The Optoma EX540 projector should be cool to the touch.
2: Remove the lamp cover and place to one side. Don’t lose the screws to the cover as the projector will not turn back on until the projector lamp cover has been properly installed.
3: Remove both screws holding the BL-FP180E (SP.8EF01GC01) in place.Lift the wire handle on the lamp and gently remove it from the projector. Be careful not to hit the lamp or you can cause it to break.

Install the new lamp:
a. Take the new Optoma BL-FP180E (SP.8EF01GC01) projector lamp out of its packaging and lift the handle on the lamp.
b. Gently place it into the projector making sure not to touch the actual bulb. Oil from fingerprint marks can burn black spots onto the lamp when it heats up.
c. Tighten the screws on the projector lamp.
d. Close the lid. Tighten the cover screws. You are now ready to reset the lamp timer.

Step 4: Reset the Optoma EX540 projector lamp timer

Your Optoma EX540 comes equipped with an automatic projector lamp timer that tracks the number of hours left for the BL-FP180E (SP.8EF01GC01) lamp. Each time you change the lamp you need to reset the lamp timer. Failure to do so may cause the projector to use the lamp over the recommended period of time resulting in the lamp exploding.

To reset the lamp timer:

  • Press MENU
  • Select OPTIONS
  • Select Lamp Settings
  • Select Lamp Reset
  • Select Yes

Under Brightness Mode:

  • Choose STD to dim the projector lamp and lower power consumption making the lamp last longer.
  • Choose BRIGHT to make the lamp brighter but decrease lamp life.


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