Replacing the Viewsonic PJD6531w projector lamp

Changing the Viewsonic PJD6531w projector lamp can be hassle-free when you follow our how-to-guide.


When it’s time to replace the Viewsonic PJD6531w projector lamp you’ll notice the Power LED lamp light becomes a bright blue and Lamp LED becomes bright red. A warning message will also flash onscreen. Replace the lamp immediately and discontinue use of the old lamp. Failure to do can result in the lamp exploding and damaging your Viewsonic PJD6531w.

Note: Viewsonic recommends you contact a service rep before changing the lamp.

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Installing the Viewsonic PJD6531w projector lamp

Your Viewsonic PJD6531w projector lamp uses the Viewsonic RLC-049 projector lamp. Before replacing the  follow these crucial safety tips to prevent injury to yourself or the projector:

  • NEVER change the lamp unless the Viewsonic PJD6531w projector is cool to the touch. The PJD6531w operates under extremely high temperatures and you can burn yourself quite badly.
  • Switch off the power to the Viewsonic PJD6531w projector.
  • Disconnect the power cord.

 ViewSonic_PJD6531W_RLC-049_lamp1. Use a screwdriver to undo the screw holding the lamp cover in place. Remove the lamp cover, being careful not to lose the screws.

2. Slide the lid  — slowly — off the projector. and place to one side. Don’t lose the lid because the Viewsonic PJD6531w  projector will not turn back if the lamp cover hasn’t been installed properly.

3. Remove the two screws holding the Viewsonic RLC-049 lamp in place.

Note: The used Viewsonic RLC-049 lamp contains mercury and should be properly recycled. Don’t throw it into regular garbage.

4. Grab the Viewsonic RLC-049 lamp by it’s side edges and slowly lift the lamp put of the projector. Be careful not to bang the lamp against the projector as this may case the bulb to break.

Learn what to do if the lamp has exploded inside the projector.

  • Remove the new Viewsonic RLC-049 from its packaging.
  • Taking care not to touch the actual bulb, lift up the handle on the new lamp and insert it gently into the Viewsonic PJD6531w into projector.
  • Tighten the two screws on the lamp.
  • Replace the lamp cover and tighten its two screws. Reset the lamp timer.


Reset the Lamp Replacement Timer

The Viewsonic PJD6531w projector has an automatic lamp timer that tracks the numbers of hours left in the lamp. Each time you install a new lamp, you’ll need to to reset the lamp timer to know how many hours are left and when to change the bulb.


To reset the Lamp Replacement Timer:

  • Turn on the projector.
  • Using the remote press MENU or press the MENU button on the projector
  • Scroll to the main menu
  • Select Settings
  • Scroll down to Lamp Hours
  • Press the arrow button to move to the right,
  • Select YES.
  • Press MENU to exit.

Extend the life of the Viewsonic RLC-049 by setting the Viewsonic PJD6531w to Eco Mode. This lowers the brightness of the projector and makes the lamp last longer. Read about other tips for extending the lamp life in your Viewsonic PJD6531w.

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4 comments on “Replacing the Viewsonic PJD6531w projector lamp
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  1. avatar Phil says:

    Hi there,

    thanks for your guide. very useful. my Viewsonic 6531w has all these dead pixels on the screen. The lamp light is not on though. Any guidance on what could be causing this?


    • avatar Shelagh McNally says:

      Hi Phil,
      Dead pixels that look like snow on your TV set is your DMD chip wearing out. It needs to be replaced. Is your TV still under warranty? Start off with the company and asking them what their policy is for replacing the DMD chip. The part is about $230 dollars and it controls how the light gets onto the screen. here’s a link to an article explaining more about the syndrome.
      BTW, it’s the same chip for all TVs, created by Texas Instruments. Let us know if the company will set up and replace the part for you. We can try and find some how-to, D.I.Y. instructions for you if they won’t do the work for you.

  2. avatar Larry Fitzgerald says:

    How do you reset the Lamp Replacement Timer if you no longer have a remote control? Ours is missing.

    • avatar Shelagh McNally says:

      Hi Larry,
      Try this procedure:
      Press the menu button on top of projector using the right arrow6.Use arrow keys on Menu button to scroll get to ADVANCED SETTINGS7.Use down arrow key on Menu to scroll down to OPTIONS8.Use right arrow key to get to FILTER TIMER. When filter timer is highlighted hold down right arrow button on projector and WAIT for several seconds.New menu will appear. Scroll up to reset timer The timer will reset to 0H (for zero hours).
      Hope this helps.

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