Replacing the Optoma GT360 projector lamp

Written by
  • Shelagh M.
  • 9 years ago

Optoma GT360_projector_BL-FP180E SP.8EF01GC01_projector_lampThis guide teaches you how to replace your Optoma GT360 projector lamp.

Invest in authentic replacements

The Optoma GT360 uses a BL-FP180E (SP.8EF01GC01) specialized projector lamp that will need to be changed after 3000 hours of use.  Avoid safety and health issues and keep your projector working with an authentic Optoma GT360 projector lamp replacement.
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End-of-life warnings

When the Optoma BL-FP180E (SP.8EF01GC01) projector lamp is reaching end of life, a warning sign appears on screen.
Replace the lamp immediately when you see the 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 Optoma GT360 projector lamp is reaching it’s end of life:

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

Installing the replacement Optoma BL-FP180E lamp

Pre-installation safety Preparation:
Follow these important safety tips before installing a new Optoma BL-FP180E into your Optoma GT360 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 GT360 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.

Optoma-GT360_projectors_BL-FP180E_SP.8EF01GC01_replacement_projector_lampStep-by-step instructions

Remove the old lamp
1: Use a screwdriver to loosen the two screws holding the projector lamp cover in place. The Optoma GT360 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.
NOTE: The BL-FP180E (SP.8EF01GC01) contains mercury and should be properly recycled. Don’t throw into the regular garbage.
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 GT360 projector lamp timer

Your Optoma GT360 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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