How to Replace a Sanyo Television Lamp

Michael J. Scott

Sanyo rear-projection televisions use a high-powered lamp to project the image onto the screen. Over time the lamp will degrade and you will notice decreased brightness and color in your images. Eventually, the lamp will burn out completely and need to be replaced.

Sanyo makes it possible for an owner to replace the lamp herself, saving you the expense of hiring a technician to do the job. This guide is based on the Sanyo PLV-55WM1, but all Sanyo projection TVs follow a similar process.

  1. Unplug your TV from the electrical outlet. Wait at least 30 minutes for the lamp to completely cool.

  2. Pull the upper left side of the front left panel out away from the TV to release the panel. The panel is on the left side of the TV, just below the screen. The panel covers the left speaker in addition to the lamp. Once the panel is released, grab both sides of the panel and pull it out and away from the television. Set the panel aside.

  3. Loosen the four screws on the lamp cover, located just to the right of the left speaker. Pull the cover off the TV.

  4. Loosen the two screws holding the lamp in place. Grab the lamp handle and slide the lamp straight out of the compartment.

  5. Slide a new lamp into the compartment and tighten the screws. Replace the lamp cover and front panel. Plug your TV into an electrical outlet.

  6. Turn on your TV and press "Menu" on your remote. Scroll down and select "Settings." Scroll down to "Lamp Counter Reset" and press the "Select" button. Select "Yes" on the confirmation screen and press the "Select" button on your remote. A second confirmation screen will appear. Select "Yes" on that screen, and your lamp replacement counter will be reset.

  7. Warning

    Never replace a lamp while your Sanyo TV is plugged in. Doing so can create a risk of electrical shock.