How to replace the Sony VPL-HW30ES projector lamp

The Sony VPL-HW30ES is a home theatre projector that delivers supports both 2D and 3D images on screen.

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Enjoy using it and when it’s time to replace the lamp follow this handy guide.

When to replace?

When the Sony LMP-H202 is reaching its end of life, the  Lamp/Cover light on the VPL-HW30ES projector will start flashing red and continue to flash in 3 second intervals.  As the the lamp dims and the color balance of the picture goes off,  and the message “Please replace the Lamp/Filter” appears on the screen. Then you must replace the lamp immediately.

Authentic lamps are critical!

Don’t settle for anything but the best for your Sony VPL-HW30ES projector.  Look for the seal of approval so you can rest assured you are buying an authentic Sony LMP-H202 that will keep your projector running properly. Why avoid generic lamps?

6 reasons to avoid generic lamps:

Learn to spot copycat lamps posing as authentic lamps.

Replacing the Sony LMP-H202 Lamp and Air Filter

Sony recommends replacing the air filter at the same as replacing the lamp.

Replacing the Lamp

Sony_VPL-HW30ES_projector_LMP-H202_turning_overBefore replacing the Sony LMP-H202 let the Sony VPL-HW30ES projector cool at least 30 – 45 minutes. This projector operates under high temperatures and you can get badly burned if the projector has not cooled down.

Unplug the AC power cord.

The lamp cover is on the bottom of the projector so you will need to turn it over. Put down a soft cloth on a flat surface to prevent the projector getting scratched.

Turn the projector over gently. Don’t lean on the projector and make sure the surface is flat and stable.

 

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Using a Philips screwdriver, loosen the screw holding the lamp cover in place. Slide the lamps cover off the Sony VPL-HW30ES projector. Put it to one side.

 

 

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Loosen the 3 screws on the Sony LMP-H202 lamp using a Phillips screwdriver. Grab the old LMP-H202 by the indented side handles and and pull the lamp straight out.

NOTE: The Sony LMP-H202 contains mercury and should not be thrown into regular garbage. Recycle this lamp!

 

 

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Remove the packaging from the new lamp.
Lift up the handle and slowly lower it into the projector.
Push it in securely until it reaches the end.
Tighten the three screws on the lamp.
Be careful not to touch the optical block inside the projector as this can damage the picture.
Also don’t touch the actual bulb in the new lamp as oily fingerprints can burn a black spot on the lamp when it heats up.

 

 

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Slide the lamp cover back onto the Sony VPL-HW30ES projector.
Close the lamp cover and tighten the screws.

Remember to install the lamp cover properly as the projector will not turn off if the cover is loose or not installed correctly.

 

 

 

 

Replacing the air filter

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Remove the filter holder. The air filter will be inside the holder. Don’t touch the fan inside as this can damage the projector.

 

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Remove the old filter and put it to one side. Attach the new air filter so that is fits into the 10 claws properly on the holder.

 

Aligning the air filter with the shape of the filter holder will make it easier to install.

Be sure to put the air filter holder back into the projector making sure it aligned up properly. If not, the projector will not  turn back on!

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Wipe off any dust from the ventilation intake holes using a soft cloth. Put the projector back in its original position and turn it on. You’ll need to reset the lamp timer and to do this you must turn the Sony VPL-HW30ES projector back on.

 

Using the remote, scroll down to the Setup Menu. Press Enter.

 

 

 

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A Lamp Setting message will appear asking you if the lamp has been replaced.

Click on Yes.

 

 

 

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You will see a confirmation message and the Lamp Timer will be automatically reset to zero.

You can see the number of hours left on your lamp by going to the Information Menu.

 

 

You can extend the life of the Sony LMP-H202 lamp by always making sure the filter is clean and there is enough airflow around the projector. Learn more with Top tips for extending DLP projector lamp life.

 

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