Change the NEC NP-M260X projector lamp

NEC_M260X_projector_NE_NP15LP_lampThis guide will show you step-by-step how to change the NEC NP-M260X projector lamp.

Be ready with an authentic lamp

Avoid using a generic projector lamp in your NEC NP-M260X projector. Be sure to always install an authentic NEC NP15LP lamp. Generics have been created using toxic materials including Krypton-85 and they are prone to explosions with a shorter lamp life. Installing them often damages the sensitive electronics in your NEC NP-M260Xprojector.

Know when to replace the projector lamp

Watch for the following signs that let you know the NEC NP15LP projector lamp is reaching end of life and needs to be replaced:

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

NEC_NP-M260X_check_NECNP15LP_projector_lamp_usageTrack the life of the NEC NP15LP projector lamp with the Usage Time menu.

  • Go to INFO menu
  • Scroll down to USAGE TIME to display the LAMP LIFE REMAINING and LAMP HOURS USED.
  • The progress indicator shows the percentage of remaining bulb life:
  • 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

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

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

  • turn off the NEC NP-M260X 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-M260XNEC_NP16LP_projector_lamp_remove_lamp_screwLoosen the NEC NP-M260X projector lamp cover screw.


Push and slide the NEC NP-M260X projector cover off.


Loosen the two screws holding the NEC NP15LP projector lamp in place. (The screws will not come out only loosen.)


Remove the projector lamp by holding the indent and pulling up.

NOTE: Your NEC NP15LP lamp should be properly recycled. These lamps contain mercury and can’t be placed into common garbage.

NEC_NP-M260X_projector_lamp_install_new_NEC_NP16LPInstall a new lamp housing into the NEC NP-M260X projector, gently pressing the projector 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 projector lamp to secure it. Tighten the screw on the projector lam


Re-attach the NEC NP-M230X 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 NP-M260X 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_NP-M260X_projector_lamp_NEC_NP16LP_remove_air_filterPush the catch to release the NEC NP-M260X 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_NP-M260X_projector_lamp_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 NP-M260X 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.


NEC_NP-M260X_projector_lamp_NEC_NP16LP_attach_filter_coverAttach 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 lamp timer

Once the NEC NP15LP projector lamp and NEC NP-M260X 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 projector lamp life.


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 projector lamp

Get your newly installed NEC NP15LP lamp will last longer by choosing the ECO option. The ECO MODE increases projector 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 lamp.

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