How to install a new Dell 1609HD projector lamp

Written by
  • Shelagh M.
  • 9 years ago

Dell_1609HD_projector_Dell_311-8943_projector_lampThis guide shows you how to replace the Dell 1609HD projector lamp.

Invest in authentic!

Keep your Dell 1609HD projector working by always installing an authentic projector lamp. The Dell 1609HD uses the Dell 311-8943 projector lamp. Scroll down to learn why you should always avoid counterfeit projector lamps.

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End of projector lamp warnings

When it’s time for a new projector lamp you’ll see an on-screen message saying: “Lamp is approaching the end of its useful life in full power operation. Replacement suggested!”  You may also see a blinking amber light on the Dell 1609HD warning that the projector lamp is approaching end of life.
If you wait too long you’ll see a  “Lamp Defective”  on screen message followed by a loud pop inside.  Your Dell 1609HD projector will then shut off.

Dell_1609HD_projector_Dell_311-8943_725-1012_replace_projector_lampReplacing the Dell 1609HD projector lamp

Before replacing the Dell 311-8943 projector lamp be sure to turn the projector off and disconnect from the AC plug. Let the projector cool down for at least 30 minutes. It should be cool to the touch. Don’t attempt to change the lamp when the projector is still hot as there is a good chance you can get severely burned.

  • Place the Dell 1609HD on a soft surface and turn in upside down to access the projector lamp cover. Loose the two screws that hold the projector lamp cover in place.
  • Loosen the two screws that secure the projector lamp.
  • Pull the projector lamp up by its metal handle. Pulling too quickly can cause the bulb to shatter. NOTE: Don’t throw the Dell 311-8943 projector lamp into regular garbage! Since it contains mercury, this lamp must be properly recycled.
  • Install the new Dell 311-8943 projector lamp making sure it is properly aligned into the projector.
  • Tighten the two screws that secure the Dell 311-8943 projector lamp.
  • Replace the projector lamp cover and tighten the two screws.
  • You are now ready to reset the lamp timer.

Reset the Dell 1609HD projector lamp counter

The Dell 1609HD projector tracks the life of the Dell 311-8943 projector lamp and will trigger the warning signals when it’s time to replace. Each time you replace the Dell 311-8943 projector lamp you must reset the lamp timer to zero. Failure to do so can result in you using the projector past the optimum lamp life and causing the projector lamp to explode.


  • To access the Main Menu press the left or right buttons on your projector’s control panel or remote control.
  • Scroll over the the LAMP Menu. Press ENTER to access.
  • Scroll down to the Lamp Reset icon. Press ENTER.
  • Scroll down to choose YES and press ENTER to reset the projector lamp timer

Tips for extending Dell 1609HD projector lamp life:

  • From the LAMP Menu, choose ECO MODE: Select On to use the projector at the lower power level of 165 Watts, which makes the Dell 1609HD projector operate quieter and with lower light that gives more projector lamp life. Select off to operate at the 200 Watts power level.
  • Keep your air filters clean to avoid overheating the projector.
  • Every 24 hours, turn off the projector and let it stand for 1 hour
  • Make sure there is enough airflow around the Dell 1609HD projector particularly if it’s been permanently mounted.
  • Learn more with Top tips for extending DLP projector lamp life.

Save money and go green

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Looking for a green alternative for the Dell 1609HD projector? Try replacing only the projector lamp bulb and re-using the same plastic cage with the 311-8943 projector lamp. Watch our training video to see learn.

Why avoid counterfeits?

Generic lamps should be avoided because of a variety of problems including:

Protect your health and keep your Dell 1609HD projector from being damaged. Invest in a Dell 311-8943 authentic projector lamps! Look for the seal of approval!

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