How to Reset the Samsung DLP Lamp Timer

By Marshal M. Rosenthal

Digital light projection (DLP) HDTVs use an incandescent bulb to project the TV signal onto the rear-projection screen. The life of the bulb is rated by the manufacturer of the HDTV--for example, the Samsung corporation--using a built-in countdown bulb timer. The lamp timer must be reset to zero once the new bulb has been installed. You can reset the lamp timer of a Samsung HDTV by activating the service menu. This should be done immediately after the new bulb has been installed.

Things You'll Need

  • Samsung remote control

Step 1

Aim the Samsung remote at the front of the Samsung HDTV--if you know where the infrared sensor on the front of the Samsung is located, aim the front of the remote directly at it.

Step 2

Press the following keys on the remote in this order: Mute, 1, 8, 2, Power.

Step 3

Do nothing as the Samsung HDTV’s screen lights up with the words “Loading Factory” on it.

Step 4

Press the “Down” direction pad on the remote to select “Option” from the list of choices that appear on the screen. Press the “Enter” button on the remote.

Step 5

Select "Reset lamp timer" from the list of choices presented on the screen. Press the "Enter" button on the remote.

Step 6

Turn off the HDTV with the remote’s Power button. Do not turn the HDTV back on until at least five minutes have passed.

Tips & Warnings

  • Substitute the "Menu" button for the "Mute" button if the service menu does not start up.