If you’re worried that your JVC projector’s lamp light is blinking orange, you’re right to assume there’s a problem with it. It’s something that’s been reported by many JVC projector owners and is due to a variety of reasons.
In this article, we’ll cover the most common reasons why JVC projector lamp lights blink orange and how you can troubleshoot them.
Why do JVC projector lamps blink orange?
The following are the top causes of blinking orange lamp lights in JVC projectors:
If your JVC projector’s lamp is nearing the end of its lifespan, the lamp lights will blink orange. Check the lamp hours by accessing the settings to know how many hours of usage are remaining.
Your best bet to resolve this problem is to order a new lamp from a reputable JVC retailer. Now, you may be tempted to look for cheap lamps to save a few bucks but we advise against it. You will end up spending more in the long run. We’ve heard of many owners who have done that and regretted it.
As far as replacing the lamp, the user manual provides instructions and safety practices you should adhere to. But if you need a quick guide, we will outline the steps in the next section.
See Also: Best Home Cinema Projectors Under $500
A wrongly fitted lamp is another reason why your projector’s lamp would blink orange. If the lamp is not fitted correctly into its socket after a replacement, the projector won’t sense it and will assume the socket is empty.
Refitting the lamp into its socket should stop the blinking orange light. Here’s how to do it:
- Turn off your JVC projector and unplug the power cable from the outlet for safety
- Unscrew the lamp cover with a screwdriver and set it aside
- Remove the two screws holding the lamp unit in place with a screwdriver
- Carefully take out the lamp and wipe out any dust on its surface. Remember to hold it with care because when it falls, it will release mercury vapor which is bad for your health
- Refit the lamp into its socket and screw it securely
- Add the cover back to the projector
- Turn on the projector
Blocked air filters, vents, and inlets
When the air filters, vents, and inlets are blocked, the heat produced by the lamps will build up internally resulting in an automatic shutdown of the JVC projector.
Depending on where you use your projector, the air vents may be blocked by blankets, rugs, and other soft materials. It’s why our advice is to use it on a flat and hard surface free of such materials.
Dust may also accumulate in the vents and filters over time. With a good-quality air duster, you should be able to blow it out without issues.
Something else to note about JVC projectors is that their air inlets are positioned at the bottom. That means that if you place them directly on a flat and hard surface, the inlets will be blocked resulting in overheating. Be sure to securely attach the feet and allow sufficient space for airflow.
This may sound complicated but it’s really not. Think of a capacitor as a temporary energy storage unit. It provides the initial charge used to power the projector’s lamp. When it’s burned out, you’ll be able to see a bit of smoke or smell it.
The good news is that it costs just a few bucks and replacing it should be a walk in the park. Be sure to call a technician to confirm your suspicion and replace the capacitor if you think that’s the problem.
If you’re not familiar with a projector ballast, it’s the part that regulates the electric current that’s responsible for igniting the mercury vapor in a lamp.
Now, JVC projectors rarely have ballast issues but it’s possible. And if a technician confirms it to be the problem, it will cost lots of money to repair it. In most cases, it’s advisable to just buy a new one as it would cost almost a similar amount for the same model.
It’s not unusual to see JVC projector owners panicking after seeing their lamp light blinking orange. In this article, we’ve covered the leading causes and the best way to deal with them. If none of what we’ve discussed works, feel free to contact JVC customer support for more guidance.