Why Buy a New Lamp in a New Lamp Housing Unit?

Well, it’s that time again; time to answer questions from FixYourDLP.com readers!

Here are some popular questions and answers:

Question: Why should I buy a new lamp with new housing versus an new lamp in a recycled housing?
Answer: That’s an easy answer. Look at our previous post about a new vs used lamp cage. Older cages get warped and become brittle. You don’t want to mess with that because it can cause damage to your television later on. Look for scratches and flexibility in your plastic enclosure. If it looks very worn, then you should find out if it’s been recycled or refurbished.

Question: What’s the difference between a new lamp unit and a recycled cage?
Answer: Newer lamp units are just easier. The lamp is seated properly and you don’t have to worry about compatibility, especially if you buy either original or Philips (usually one in the same). A recycled lamp enclosure can open a whole new can of worms.

Question: It doesn’t hurt my lamp or TV to buy a new lamp and put it in my old cage, does it?
Answer: Yes and No. After about 1 life cycle the lamp cage can be brittle or warped, causing lamps to focus the light in the wrong position and creating problems for your TV down the line. It’s a gamble, but reusing your old housing can be fatal to your TV in a worse-case scenario. So most likely if it’s YOUR old lamp enclosure, then no, it will probably not hurt your television. If you buy a lamp in a recycled cage though, BEWARE! Keep in mind, a lot of people don’t experience these issues with their own cages, but if you don’t want to go through the headache, spending a few bucks more will put your mind at ease!

Question: Wait a minute, you have all these guides about swapping out just the lamp! What gives?
Answer: We’re a community of do-it-yourselfers. When you do-it-yourself, you always take a risk, and we’re just here to help consumers get the right stuff, make informed decisions, and buy from reputable dealers like Discount-Merchant.com. So swapping out the lamp is easy, quick, and painless. Some people don’t want to take the extra 10-20 minutes and would rather just spend the extra $10 bucks. Just buy new enclosures that use post-consumer recycled plastic though. It’s better for the environment!


  1. Emil

    Trying to replaced old Lamp the case (metal case has F0z506441 ) looks like some wrote the information by hand, the lamp looks burned, ) in front of the tv the signal light “lamp” was blinking, pulled the case out from the tv Samsung HLM5065W, the lamp# is “SSMR100” Made in Japan by Toshiba,
    now I beleive it’s 100w, the new lamp I need to replace should be Phillips? there is 100w and 120w, but if I replace for brighter lamp 120w I need to replace the ballast also?.. if I do this ..If I replace the lamp 100w or 120w, it’s necessary to reset the hours life span from the set? if it’s how do I reset it?..I found same blogs that it’s necessary to replaced the ballast if I replace the lamp for higher watts 120W, and the ballast comes with the lamp?.. I think I need to buy the ballast separte or the ballast comes with the lamp 120w,..also notice the mirror has finger prints, behind the mirror I can see the color wheel, should I clean the mirror, with clean cloth? to take those finger prints from the mirror?. will not affect anything? or what else can I use?
    Thank you,
    Thank you,


    1. Emil,

      The Samsung HLM5065W was originally shipped with a Toshiba lamp in the BP96-00224A(T) enclosure. Some other model numbers sharing the same cage and part number are: HLM4365W, HLM437W, HLM5065W, HLM507W, HLM507WX, HLN4365W, HLN4365WX, HLN437W, HLN467W, HLN5065WX, HLN507W, and the HLN507WX.

      This is one of the first DLP TVs Samsung manufactured for the masses. Their original lamp partner was Toshiba, but they quickly replaced Toshiba with OSRAM on their second manufacturing batch (when the new lamp part number became known as the “BP96-00224B(O)”, the “O” signifying Osram. Osram’s tenure was short lived as 95-97% of all TVs after these models shipped with a Philips brand lamp. Replacing this 100W Toshiba with a Philips 100W/120W should suffice and actually give you a better picture. Make sure you don’t use a high wattage lamp thinking the brighter the better. You’re ballast will not handle any higher wattage lamps.

      There is another article describing the lamp reset procedure (link here), but it’s simple. hit MUTE, quickly followed by 182.

      1. Lindsay

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        thank you im here to save you guys

  2. I have a Samsung HLS4266WX TV. TV cut off with a “lamp” Timer” flashing on power button. Replaced the lamp. Now same “lamp” timer” flashing. Tried to reset timer according to instructions on previous page. First, the lamp doesn’t stay on long enough to reset. Second, I had to do the reset pattern quite a few times before I saw the “menu” then TV cuts off. What is the problem? Please help. I do love this TV but may have to trash it. I always have a spare bulb and the one I replaced didn’t last as long as normal. I called Samsung and of course, they couldn’t help me fix this.

    1. Shelagh McNally

      Hi Melissa,
      I found this blog addressing the issue. It could be either your lamp or fan causing the TV not to turn on. This blog gives you some step by step instructions that seem to work. Check out these instructions: http://www.cnet.com/forums/discussions/samsung-tv-keeps-shutting-down-315617/

      I would also recommend joining our forum so our experts can walk you through their recommended fixes. Hope this helps out a bit.

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