Install a NEC M260WS projector lamp

Follow this step-by-step guide to install new lamp in your NEC M260WS projector lamp.NEC_M260WS-Projector_NEC_NP15LP_projector_lamp

Buy authentic!

The first thing to do is buy an OEM replacement lamp. Your NEC M260WS projector uses the NEC NP15LP projector lamp. Avoid the cheaper generic lamps with their shorter lamp life and toxic materials. They are prone to explosions and often damage the sensitive electronics in your NEC M260w projector.

NOTE: New air filters are shipped with the lamp and it’s recommended you replace them at the same time.

When to replace the projector lamp

How will you know the the NEC NP15LP projectorlamp needs to be replaced and is reaching end of life? Watch for the following signs:

  • the LAMP indicator will begin to blink red
  • colour looks off
  • picture is faint or has deteriorated

Checking projector lamp end of life

NEC_M260WS_check_NE_NP15LP_projector__lamp_usageTrack the life of the NEC NP15LP projector lamp with the usage time menu. The progress indicator shows the percentage of remaining bulb life:

  • Go to INFO menu
  • Scroll down to USAGE TIME to display the LAMP LIFE REMAINING and LAMP HOURS USED
  • When the lamp usage reaches 0, the Lamp Life REMAINING starts a count down from 100 hours
  • When the count down reaches 0, the projector will turn off and not turn on.

Changing the NEC NP15LP projector lamp

Follow these important safety instructions before installing the new NEC NP15LP projector lamp

  • turn off the NEC M260WS projector.
  • unplug the projector from its power source.
  • unplug the power cable.
  • wait until the projector is cool to the touch to avoid getting burned.


NEC_NP M260WS_NEC_NP16LP_remove_projector_lamp_screwLoosen the NEC M260W projector lamp cover screw.

NEC_M260WS_projector_NEC_NP16LP_remove_lamp_coverPush and slide the lamp NEC M260WS projector cover off.





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Loosen the two screws holding the NEC NP15LP projector lamp in place. (The screws will not come out only loosen.) Remove the lamp by holding the indent and pulling up. Pulling too quickly can cause the bulb to shatter. Learn how to clean up a broken lamp.

NOTE: Your NEC NP15LPprojector  lamp should be properly recycled. These lamps contain mercury and can’t be placed into common garbage.

NEC_M260WS_projector_install_new_NEC_NP16LP_projector_lampInstall a new lamp housing into the NEC M260WS projector, gently pressing the lamp housing into the socket. Take care not to touch the actual bulb as your finger prints can leave oil marks that burn black marks onto the bulb.


Push the top center on the lamp to secure it. Tighten the screw on the lamp.

Reattach the NEC M260WS projector lamp cover by sliding the cover until it snaps into place. Tighten the screw on the lamp cover.

Replacing the filters

There are four filters in the NEC M260WS projector:

  • Honeycomb hard filter – large and small
  • Accordion soft filter — large and small

Replace all four filters at the same time. Before replacing the filters wipe off any dust and dirt that came loose from the old filters. NOTE: The filters are made with two different types of material in the membrane. Both perform the same.


NEC_M260WS_projector_NEC_NP16LP_remove_air_filterPush the catch to release the NEC M260WS filter and gently pull it out.


The filter cover is fixed at six separate points in the projector. Bow the filter cover by pushing it slightly until it releases.




NEC_M260WS_projector_NEC_NP16LP_replace_dark_filtersRemove the dark sponge filter and clean the filter unit and cover. Attach the new non-woven white material filters.



  • Filter unit: Attach two honeycomb hard filters to the NEC M260WS filter unit.
  • Filter cover: Attach the two accordion soft filters to the filter cover. Be sure to align the accordion slits with the protrusions of the filter cover.





Attach the filter cover back to the filter unit. Align the filter until with the filter cover and push the protrusions into place. Make sure all the six mounting points are aligned properly.




Insert the two catches of the top of the filter into the groove of the cabinet. Push the filter until it clicks into place.


Reset the projector lamp timer

Once the NEC NP15LP projector lamp and NEC M260WS projector filter have both been replaced you will need to reset the timer for both. You want the projector to be able to accurately track the lamp life.

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Clear usage hours and reset hours

  • Plug in the power cored into the wall outlet.
  • Turn on the projector.
  • From the MENU select RESET.
  • A confirmation message appears.
  • Select YES.

Reset the filter hours:

  • Scroll up to CLEAR Filter HOURS.
  • A second submenu will appear.
  • Select YES. Press the ENTER button.

Extending the life of the NEC NP15LP lamp

Get your newly installed NEC NP15LP projector lamp will last longer by choosing the ECO option. The ECO MODE increases lamp life by lowering the power consumption. There are three modes to choose from:

  • Auto Mode: 4000 hours
  • Normal: 5000 hours
  • Eco ModeL 8000 hours

Learn more tips to extend the life of the NEC NP15LP projector lamp.

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