Changing the Optoma TX542-3D projector lamp

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  • Shelagh M.
  • 8 years ago

Optoma_TX542-3D_projectorUse this guide to quickly replace the Optoma TX542-3D projector lamp.

Your Optoma TX542-3D uses the Optoma BL-FP180E 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. See below for reasons to avoid counterfeit lamps.

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Warning signs

Optoma_TX542_BL-FPI80E_projector_lamp_warning You can expect 3000 hours of lamp life with your Optoma TX542-3D projector . When it’s reaching end of life, you’ll see a warning sign appear on screen. Replace the lamp immediately when you see this warning signs. You may also see the following signs that indicate your projector lamp is reaching end of life:

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

Installing a new Optoma lamp

Your Optoma TX542-3D projector lamp uses the Optoma BL-FP180E projector lamp. Follow these important safety tips before installation:

  • 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-EX542-3D_BL-FP180E_SP.8EF01GC01_replacement_projector_lampRemove the old lamp Figure 1: Use a screwdriver to loosen the two screws holding the projector lamp cover in place. The Optoma EX542-3D projector should be cool to the touch.
Figure 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.
Figure 3: Remove both screws holding the BL-FP180E 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: 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. d. Close the lid. Tighten the cover screws. You are now ready to reset the lamp timer.

Reset the Optoma TX542-3D projector lamp timer

Your Optoma TX542-3D comes equipped with an automatic projector lamp timer that tracks the number of hours left for the Optoma BL-FP180E projector 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

TIP FOR LONGER LAMP LIFE: 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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