How to Reset the Samsung DLP Lamp Timer

by John Machay
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Whether you’re pitching an exciting new product, giving a presentation on company growth or reviewing employee benefits, there’s nothing like a TV using digital light processing to hold the attention of a roomful of people. A Samsung DLP TV uses millions of small mirrors to fill pixel gaps from a rear-projected image, but for all the cutting-edge technology a DLP TV employs, it shares the same shortcoming with every other projection device: a projection lamp that eventually burns out. Most Samsung DLP TVs feature lamp timers to give you an idea of when your television's lamp is reaching the end of its lifespan. However, if the timer isn’t reset when a new lamp is installed, you could very well find yourself giving your next presentation to a group of bored people staring at a dark TV screen.

Step 1

Turn off your Samsung DLP TV.

Step 2

Point the remote control at the TV and press the following buttons in this order: “Mute,” 1, 8, 2 and “Power.” The message “Loading Factory” will appear on the screen, followed by a menu. If this doesn’t happen, try entering the sequence again, substituting the “Menu” button for the “Mute” button.

Step 3

Press the down arrow on the remote to scroll down to “Option.” Press “Enter” to reveal another menu.

Step 4

Scroll to “Reset Lamp Timer” and press “Enter.”

Step 5

Press the “Power” button on the remote to turn off the TV.

Wait at least five minutes before turning your Samsung DLP TV back on.


  • Turning on the TV within five minutes of resetting the lamp timer could result in it retaining its former settings. If this happens, simply run through the reset procedure again.


  • While the sequence of commands provided in Step 2 should work with most Samsung DLP TVs, a few models won't accept the “Mute” command as a valid entry. If your TV doesn't display the message "Loading Factory" after entering the sequence, try entering it again, this time substituting the "Menu" button for the "Mute" button. If it still doesn't work, try pressing the right arrow button instead of "Mute."


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About the Author

John Machay began writing professionally in 1984. Since then, his work has surfaced in the "West Valley View," "The Sean Hannity Show," "Scam Dunk" and in his own book, "Knuckleheads In the News." His efforts have earned him the Ottoway News Award and Billboard magazine honors for five straight years. Machay studied creative writing at Columbia College in Chicago.

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