Optoma EX542i projector lamp replacement guide

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  • Shelagh M.
  • 9 years ago

Optoma-EX542i_projector_BL-FP180E-SP.8EF01GC01_projector_lamReplace the Optoma EX542i projector lamp using this guide.

With its wide screen format the Optoma EX542i projector is perfect for 3D gaming or HD viewing. The Optoma EX542i projector lamp will need to be changed after 3000 hours of use.

Why buy authentic?

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.

Your Optoma EX542i uses the Optoma BL-FP180E projector lamp.

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When do you need a new projector lamp!

When the Optoma BL-FP180E 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 job. Watch for these other signs that the Optoma BL-FP180E 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

Installing a new Optoma EX542i lamp

Pre-installation safety preparation:
Follow these important safety tips before installing a new Optoma BL-FP180E into your Optoma EX542i 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 EX542i 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

Remove the old lamp
Optoma_EX542i__projector_BL-FPI80E_replace_projector_lamp1: Use a screwdriver to loosen the two screws holding the projector lamp cover in place. The Optoma EX542i 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) projector lamp 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 Optoma BL-FP180E contains mercury and should not be thrown into regular garbage. Recycle this lamp.

Install the new lamp:

  • Take the new Optoma BL-FP180E projector lamp out of its packaging and lift the handle on the lamp.
  • 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.
  • Tighten the screws on the projector lamp.
  • Close the lid. Tighten the cover screws.
  • You are now ready to reset the lamp timer.

Reset the Optoma EX542i projector lamp timer

Your Optoma EX542i comes equipped with an automatic projector lamp timer that tracks the number of hours left for the Optoma BL-FP180E 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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