3 Steps to a new BenQ MP515 projector lamp

BenQ_MP515_projector_BenQ_5J.J0A05.001_projector _lampFollow our 3-step guide when it’s time to replace the BenQ 5J.J0A05.001 projector lamp in the BenQ MP515 projector.

Step 1: Know when to replace

You can expect up to 3000 hours from the BenQ 5J.J0A05.001 projector lamp. Don’t leave replacing the projector lamp to the last minutes or you may have a projector that will not turn on.

To see projector lamp hour information:

  • Press Menu/Exit and then press the arrow key to highlight the SYSTEM SETUP: Advanced menu.
  • Scroll to Lamp Settings and press Mode/Enter. The Lamp Settings page is displayed showing the Equivalent Lamp Hour information appearing on the menu.
  • You can also get the lamp hour information on the INFORMATION menu.

Warning Messages:

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First Warning: The BenQ 5J.J0A05.001 projector lamp has been in operation equivalent to 2500 hours. Install a new BenQ 5J.J0A05.001 lamp for optimal performance. If you are using Econo Mode the lamp life will be extended to 2950.



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Second Warning: The BenQ 5J.J0A05.001 projector lamp has been in operation equivalent to 2950 hours. A new BenQ 5J.J0A05.001 lamp should be installed.



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Third Warning: The BenQ 5J.J0A05.001 projector lamp has been in operation equivalent to 3000 hours.  You may notice the brightness of the lamp diminishing significantly. It should be replaced immediately.



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Final Warning: The BenQ 5J.J0A05.001 projector lamp has reached end of life and the projector will not turn on until it’s been replaced. Replace the BenQ 5J.J0A05.001 lamps immediately.


 Step 2: Finding the correct lamp

It can be confusing finding the correct BenQ 5J.J0A05.001 lamp for your BenQ MP515 projector. There are hundreds of website selling projector lamps but most of there lamps are knock-off generic lamps that you should avoid at all costs.

Generic “compatible” lamps may appear to be a bargain–however generic knock-off lamps are actually not that great a bargain.These are NOT authentic lamps and should be avoided for the following reasons:

The few dollars you save with generic “compatible” lamps is not worth it in the long run. Save yourself unnecessary headaches — buy a BenQ 5J.05Q01.001 projector lamp from a recognized dealer. You’ll be getting a far superior product with a replacement guarantee and tech support.

Step 3: Replacing the BenQ 5J.J0A05.001 projector lamp

Before changing the projector lamp:

  • Reduce the risk of electrical shock by disconnecting the power cord on the BenQ MP515 projector.
  • Reduce the risk of severe burns by allowing the projector to cool for at least 45 minutes.

To replace the BenQ 5J.J0A05.001 lamp:


1. Protect the BenQ MP515 projector’s top surface by placing it face down on a soft surface. Turn the projector over and loosen the screws on the lamp cover.

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2. Remove the projector lamp cover. Be careful not to insert your fingers between the BenQ 5J.J0A05.001 projector  lamp and the projector as there are sharp edges that can cause injuries.



BenQ_MP515_lamp_screw_out_Ben Q 5J.J0A05.001_projector_lamp3. Loosen the screw holding the BenQ 5J.J0A05.001 projector lamp in place. A magnetic-head screwdriver will make it easier to remove the screw.
Ben- MP515_lamp_connectors_out_BenQ_5J.J0A05.001_projector_lamp4. Pull out the projector lamp connector from a slot in the lamp compartment. Disconnect it from the projector.


BenQ_MP515_lamp_out_BenQ _5.J0A05.001_projector_lamp5. Using the wire handle, slowly pull the BenQ 5J.J0A05.001 projector lamp out of the projector.  Never force the lamp out; pulling too quickly can cause the bulb to shatter. Learn what to do should the bulb shatter.



BenQ_MP515_lamp_connectors_input_BenQ_5J.J0A05.001_projector_lamp 6. Reconnect the projector lamp connector. Put the BenQ 5J.J0A05.001 lamp back into its slot so that it is flush with the projector.


BenQ_MP515_lamp_screwed_in_Ben_Q_5J.J0A05.001_projector_lamp7. Tighten the screw that secures the BenQ 5J.J0A05.001 projector lamp. A loose screw may cause a bad connection while a over tightened screw may cause the lamp to not work. Ensure the wire handle is fully flat and locked in place.



BenQ_MP515_cover_on_Ben_Q_5J.J0A05.001_projector_lamp8. Replace the lamp cover on the projector.

9. Tighten the screws that secure the lamp cover and restart the projector to reset the lamp timer.

NOTE: The BenQ 5J.J0A05.001 projector lamp contains mercury and should not be thrown into regular garbage. Recycle your used lamps! If you bought from an authentic manufacturer they will recycle the lamp for you at no extra cost (another reason to buy authentic lamps).

Resetting the lamp timer

It’s important to set the lamp timer so the BenQ MP515 can accurately track the life of the newly installed BenQ 5J.J0A05.001 projector lamp.

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  • After the start-up logo, press Menu/Exit
  • Scroll down to SYSTEM SETUP. Press Enter.
  • Scroll down to the Advanced menu.
  • Press to highlight Lamp Settings.
  • Press Mode/Enter to display the Lamp Settings page.
  • A warning message is displayed asking if you want to reset the lamp timer. Highlight Reset and press Mode/Enter.
  • The lamp time will be reset to “0”.

Do not reset if the lamp is not new or replaced as this could cause damage.

Extend the life of the BenQ 5J.J0A05.001 projector lamp:

  • Keep your air filters clean to avoid overheating the projector.
  • Setting Lamp Power to Economic Mode. To set the Econo Mode:  Go into the SYSTEM SETUP: Advanced > Lamp Settings > Lamp Mode.
  • Learn more with Top tips for extending DLP projector lamp life.

BenQ-5J.J0405_bulb_replacementReplace only the bulb

If you’re interested in saving some money and recycling why not think about replacing just the bulb instead of the entire lamp unit? By only replacing the BenQ 5J.J0405.001 bulb and re-using the actual lamp cage, you’ll have a greener and less expensive solution. It’s not as hard as it sounds and we created a video tutorial to show you how.

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14 comments on “3 Steps to a new BenQ MP515 projector lamp
  1. avatar arturo olguin says:

    greetings, do you know if this model have a hard reset command?
    I cant reset the lamp hour because the projector turn off right after the final warning of replace lamp, I replace it but i cant get to the menu to reset the timer

    • avatar Shelagh McNally says:

      Hi Arturo,
      There is no hard reset but I suggest you check to make sure the lamp screws are tight enough. If they are loose or if the projector cover it loose, the projector will register the lamp as not having been changed. Try that and then let us know how things are going. You can also try joining our forum at http://www.fixyourdlp.com/forum/.

  2. avatar Michael Hinds says:

    Projector starts but new lamp wont light.

    • avatar Shelagh McNally says:

      Hi Michael,
      Did you reset the lamp timer? Until that is reset to zero, the projector won’t turn on. You should also check the screws on the projector lamp and make sure the projector cover is tight enough. Try these suggestions and please let us know how things are going. You can also try joining our forum where we have more experts waiting to help you.

  3. avatar Ayub says:

    I have same issue projector starts but lamp doesn’t n lamp error

    • avatar Shelagh McNally says:

      Hi Ayub,
      Have you reset the lamp timer on the projector? Until that is reset to zero, the projector will think it’s still operating with an old projector that has reached end of life. You should also check that the lamp has been properly installed with the lamp screws properly installed. Also check the lamp cover is secure. If you bought a counterfeit lamp, you may be having issues with it’s connectors not being able to work with the projector. Hope this help. Consider joining our http://www.fixyourdlp.com/forum/ where our experts can help you out more. Let me know how things are going.

  4. avatar Martin Zajic says:

    Hi, I just replace bulp on projector. It’s starting fine, but after boot, lamp is shutted down “Temp led” turns on projector starts cooling and then shut down. On next start same issue. I can’t make it work.

    • avatar Shelagh McNally says:

      Hi Martin,
      This sounds like a counterfeit lamp problem. Many counterfeits don’t have the right calibration or right material. They can cause the projector to heat up very quickly and cause the TEMP LED light to come on. The solution is to replace the lamp with a Philips guaranteed lamp. The other to check is that your filters are clean and not clogged because this can stop the air circulating in the projector will cause it to overheat.

  5. avatar gerrit says:

    Hi. I replaced lamp on projector with valid Phillips lamp. The projector show lamp light it dont switch on

    • avatar Shelagh McNally says:

      Hi Gerrit,
      Did you reset the lamp timer? If you didn’t do this last step then the projector won’t turn because it will think the lamp is still the old one and has reached end of life.

  6. avatar Birendra says:

    Hi ..
    When I turn on the projector the green light flashes and the projector turns on, as it turns on, the power indicator and lamp indicator turns red and after some time the projector turns off and goes to stand by mode… I had recently took out the lamp cleaned the dust and put it back.. And after that this problem started… And also how to reset the lamp timer whe the lamp does not start or in other words when there is no display.. Help woul be greatly appreciated.. Thank you

    • avatar Shelagh McNally says:

      Hi Birenda,
      It sounds like your lamp is finished and needs to be replaced. It might be the dust made the lamp life shorter since all those light are indications that the lamp has reach end of life. How old is the lamp in your projector? It may be time for a new one.

      • avatar Birendra says:

        When I checked the lamp before cleaning it..the lamp hours it’s said 530 equivalent lamp hours… I don’t know what that means. But the lamp is new and hardly used.. And one more while cleaning the lamp I took out all the parts of projector dusted and cleaned the lenses as well and I did put them back together as it was checked all the wires carefully attached it and the next whe I power on the projector the problem started., it turns on with power flashing green and after some time the speed of the fan increases as the power and lamp led turns steady red stays there for a moment and then shuts it’s self off.. Plzz help..

        • avatar Shelagh McNally says:

          Hi Birendra,
          It sounds like your lamp timer was letting you know how many hours where left on the lamp. The other problem could be your color wheel. I would recommend heading over to our forum where there are our experts who can help you narrow down the problem. You can be reached at http://www.fixyourdlp.com/forum/.

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