How to replace the Epson EMP-TW2000 projector lamp

Epson-EMP-2000-projector-Epson-ELPLP39-lampIt takes less than 10 minutes to replace the projector lamp in the Epson EMP-TW2000. Just follow  our step-by-step guide.

When to replace

Lamp life for the Epson EMP-TW2000 projector will vary according to how much the projector is used and whether regular maintenance is done. On average, the Epson ELPLP39 lamp has 1600 hours of usage before it reaches end of life. before it reachesvaries according to how much the projector is used. Be sure to replace the lamp as soon as any of the warning signs start showing:


  • the lamp warning on the projector started to blink red and continues blinking
  • the picture gets darker and continues to deteriorate
  • the message “Replace the lamp” appears on screen when the projector is turned on.





Finding the correct lamp

Look for the seal of approval to verify your Epson ELPLP39 lamp is authentic and being sold by an authorized manufacturer. These manufacturer’s offer technical support as well as a money back guarantee. These are also the lamps Epson recommends and the ones that will keep your warranty valid.

Why avoid generic lamps that are sols at discount prices? These lamps are not the bargain they seem. They are created using inferior parts that damage the inside of your Epson EMP-TW2000 projector. Generic lamps also come with a health risk; since copycat manufacturers can’t get the proper materials they often using highly toxic substitutes such as Krypton-85.

Buying a knock-off lamp will also void your warranty and should anything happen to the projector you will not be covered. Go with an authentic Epson ELPLP39 — it’s worth the few extra dollars to save yourself problems.

How to install the replacement Epson ELPLP39

Follow these preparation steps before changing the Epson EMP-TW2000 projector lamp:

  • give the projector one full hour to cool. The Epson EMP-TW700 operates on high heat and you will burn yourself the projector has not cooled down.
  • press the power button and wait for the light to stop flashing.
  • turn off the power switch at the back on the projector
  • unplug any power cords to cables to prevent the projector from accidentally being turned on.



Gently press on the EMP-TW2000 lamp cover. Slide is away from the projector and then lift up to remove.







Using the screw driver provided, locate the two screws holding the Epson ELPLP39 lamp in place. Loosen both screws (they will not come out of the lamp altogether).






Grab the handle on the Epson ELPLP39 and gently pull the lamp up. Pulling too quickly can break the glass bulb. Learn what to do should the bulb shatter.


NOTE: Be sure to properly recycle the Epson ELPLP39 lamp. Since it contains mercury it CAN’T be thrown into regular garbage! Your authorized manufacturer will recycle the lamp for you at no extra cost.






Remove the packaging from the new Epson ELPLP39 lamp being sure not to touch the glass bulb. Your fingerprints can leave oil marks on the glass causing black spots to appear on screen when the projector heats up.

Line up the Epson ELPLP39 lamp and gently lower it into the EMP-T2000 projector.





Line up the EMP-TW2000 cover hinges with the projector and place the lamp cover into them. Slide the lamp cover back down and click it into place. You’re noew ready to reset the lamp operating timer.


Resetting the Lamp Operating Timer

The Lamp Operating Timer determines when the Epson ELPLP39 lamp is reaching its 1600 hours end of life. Only reset this option when you have installed a new lamp otherwise you run the risk of using an older lamp past its recommended usage. This can cause the old lamp to explode.


To reset the Lamp Operating Timer:

  • Plug the power cord back into the projector
  • Press the on button and wait for the projector to warm up.
  • Press the MENU button to display the CONFIGURATION MENU.
  • Scroll down to select RESET menu.
  • Scroll down and choose RESET LAMP HOURS option
  • Press ENTER.
  • The reset lamp hour message will show up.



  • Select YES
  • Press ENTER.
  • Lamp hours will be set to zero.

Extending the Epson ELPLP39 lamp life

Get more hours from your Epson ELPLP39 lamp by following these maintenance tips:

  • To avoid overhearing the projector and causing the lamp to explode, keep the air filters clean.
  • Let the Epson EMP-TW2000 rest for at least one hour per day.
  • Using it only our to five hours per day will give the lamp a longer life.
  • Make sure there is enough airflow around the projector particularly if it’s been permanently mounted. Overheating can cause lamp failure.
  • Learn more with Top tips for extending DLP projector lamp life.
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10 comments on “How to replace the Epson EMP-TW2000 projector lamp
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  1. avatar Ellie says:


    I need to replace the lamp for my EMP-TW2000. With the link you provided, it says you can get the original bulb or the compatible one. Which one is better to get? Also, do you recommend getting the lamp with the case or without it?

    Thanks so much!

    • avatar Shelagh McNally says:

      Hi Ellie,
      Always go with an original lamp. You can find good prices at Compatible lamps are only going to cause problems and can ruin the optics in your projectors. You can read more about why to avoid generics in our article Why Philips remains the leader in DLP lamps. The lamp with the case will be the stronger lamp as the plastic recycled over time can get brittle. A new OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) is always the best route. These lamps last the longest, are safer and will keep your projector working at it’s best.
      You can find more information on our forum and speak to experts.

  2. avatar Pep says:


    I have an EMP-TW2000 and from the last 6 months the picture darkens when the projector is turned over half an hour. It has also shown the flashing red light a couple of times, but never the warning signal “replace light” is displayed.
    This is the second projector lamp (provided by Epson, so it is original), has not reached 1600 hours, but I usually use more than once a week.
    It may be due to improper installation of the bulb?
    Should I try to tighten or reinstall it?
    Or just buy another?

    Thank you!!

    • avatar Shelagh McNally says:

      Hi Pep,
      It sounds like the lamp is reaching end of life. The 1600 hours is just an estimate and really depends on how often you use the projector, how often the air filter is cleaned and the location of the projector. Have your cleaned your air filter recently. Also, check to see if there are any obstructions around the projector as this will cause overheating and shorten the lamp life. If it’s in a climate that is very humid or hot, the cooling fans must work extra hard and this can reduce the lamp life. The EMP-TW2000 can’t really come loose since it is secured in a lamp cage so chances are it doesn’t need to be tightened. Are you seeing any signs of a deteriorated image with colours that are faded or a dimmer screen? This may also be a indication o the bulb reaching end of life. I would invest in an authentic OEM lamp.

      Hope this helps. I also suggest you join our forum where there is a community of experts waiting to help you.

  3. avatar John Norden says:

    My EMP-TW2000 is suddenly not working.
    I turning it on via the remote. After a second or so, the red warning light starts flashing at 1 second intervals. but nothing else happens.
    I bought the projector in 2008.
    Any ideas?

    • avatar Shelagh McNally says:

      Hi John,
      You probably need to change the lamp. That flashing red light may be connected to the lamp timer. It’s warning you the lamp has reached end of life and then shutting down. Have you ever changed your lamp? 2008 is an older version for sure.
      You can also consider joining our forums ( for more help with our community of experts.

  4. avatar Gavin Duncanson says:

    Hi John

    Ive just replaced the bulb on the tw2000 and I have a 50/50 horizontal image brightness difference between top and bottom. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks in advance.

    • avatar Shelagh McNally says:

      Hi Gavin,
      This could be a couple of things that got reset when you were changing the bulb. Check if dual display has been activated
      in the Display Properties of the computer’s Control Panel, the proj ector will only project about half of the image on the computer screen. To display the whole of the image on the computer screen, turn off the dual display setting.

      You may have chosen the wrong Aspect. Press the ASPECT button on the menu and select the aspect ratio that corresponds to the input signal — it is usually a 4:3 display produces an image that is more square, where a 16:9 ratio produces an image that is more rectangular in shape. The three most common video projector aspect ratios are 4:3 (XGA & SXGA), 16:10 (WXGA & WUXGA) and 16:9 (standard HDTV, 1080p).

      The position setting may have been reset. Check to see if it’s the correct setting.
      If all of these things work out then the problem might be with the lamp. If you paid a very low price — almost too good to be true– then the lamp is a counterfeit and has not been properly calibrated to produce enough light evenly. Call the manufacturer for a refund.
      Hope this helps.

  5. avatar Naren says:


    Last night i noticed the colors of my tw2000 projector became duller n darker all of sudden. When still I am continuing watching all of sudden i heard small explosion noise and no picture on screen. I am sure light globe might have been blown out. Can there be any damage to projector?

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