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How to replace Sony XL 2200 lamp from your rear projection TV.

Updated on November 17, 2010

Rear Projection, HDTV and the XL 2200

Before the invention of HDTV, rear projection TVs brought movie theater quality into thousands of homes. The TVs were expensive, but the clarity of picture was unmatched. In recent years, the melding of the HDTV with rear-projection TVs has brought yet another golden age of picture perfect viewing. But like many technologies there are pit falls. Rear Projection HDTV’s can be very expensive to replace if they unexpectedly break down. If it is an electrical problem, you will most assuredly need a specialized technician. The most common rear-projection breakdown is when the lamp burns out. This is very easy to fix, but yet most people are to timid to dig into their TV, pull out the bulb and replace it. But you shouldn't be.

Read on and learn how you can replace the XL 2200 bulb out of your rear-projection TV – whether it’s HD or not.

The XL 2200

The Right Tools

You might think that you need a boatload of tools to break into your TV to coax the XL 2200 bulb out, but nothing could be further from the truth. You will need 5 items:

1. A Phillips screwdriver. You could use a flathead, the lamp screws allow for both, but a Phillips screwdriver gives you more grip – which is important when you’re poking around in the electrical components of your $2,000 TV.

2. A pair of needle nosed pliers.

3. Some latex gloves. The XL 2200 bulb, like other high candle powered bulbs, is very susceptible to oil and other contaminants. Try to touch the front of the bulb as little as possible – even with the gloves on. These bulbs aren’t cheap and we want to make sure it lasts as long as possible.

4. A lint free cloth to wipe down the lamp after installation.

5.Purchase an XL 2200 bulb.

The Process

First off, if you haven’t performed repairs on electronics before, take a deep breath and think about what you are really doing. You are changing a light bulb and that is something I'm sure you've done a hundred times. Sure, this particular light bulb is in a $2,000 TV and if you pull it out wrong you could seriously damage the TV causing more trouble and more work, but your not going to do that. You’re going to go slow and take your time. That’s the key to success.  

Now before you watch the video below – which only shows you how to swap the XL 2200 out of its casing – the really hard part, you need to remove the bulb from the TV. Any rear projection TV – and there are a lot of different kinds – will have a lamp cover on the rear (or sometimes the front) of the TV. This cover is typically held on my 4 screws, one in each corner. Remove those screws (and place them in a dish or cup for safe keeping). Inside, the bulb will be fastened to the housing of the TV via two screws or two clips. Either undo the screws, or if your lucky, gently press the clips until the lamp slides out of the housing. Now that you have the lamp in hand you can take it to a safe work space and perform the steps below in the videos.

 Remember, your housing might be a bit different, but the steps will be the same. Thankfully there is some consistency in the design of rear-projection lamp housings.  

Replace your XL 2200 Bulb

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