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Mitsubishi WD-65C9 constant red status light

post #1 of 12
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I've had this TV for about 3 years and it's been going great. I've been anticipating a bulb replacement for quite some time and recently saw via the service menu that the TV has had about 10,000 hours on it. Today I went to turn on the TV and nothing happened, no picture. So I unplugged it, let it sit for awhile, plugged it back in and turned it on. Still nothing. Shortly after I notice the status light on the front of the TV is a constant (not blinking) red. Anyone know what this could indicate? Upon checking the Mitsubishi troubleshooting website it says:
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If you receive a Solid Red LED indicator on the front of your HDTV you should first unplug the AC Cord from the wall power outlet and wait for 60 seconds before reapplying power to the HDTV.

If after several attempts the HDTV has not fully powered on and the LED on the front of the HDTV is still Solid Red you may want to reseat the lamp.

If reseating the lamp has not resolved the issue then contact Mitsubishi Consumer Relations to order a replacement lamp.

I was under the impression that if the bulb went out, there would simply be a dim picture, but not total blackness. There is definitely nothing showing up on the screen. Any ideas?


A couple side questions:

When replacing the bulb, does the bulb hour counter automatically reset, or do you have to do this manually? If so, how?

Could a dimming bulb cause lower quality picture? I feel lately that the picture just hasn't been quite as sharp and black levels not as deep confused.gif. I know with RPTV's, certain things can become misaligned or dirty that can affect the focus or sharpness of the picture. Maybe I'll open it up and have a look. But for future reference, plasmas and LED TVs don't have any sort of internal components which require maintenance such as cleaning or aligning to maintain pristine/optimal picture quality, do they? (Thinking I'm probably gonna get a plasma if this issue can't be repaired in a less-than-costly manner)

Sorry for the messy organization.

Thanks for any help.
post #2 of 12
Replace the lamp. Like any lamp that blows, they just blow.
post #3 of 12
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Originally Posted by Splicer010 View Post

Replace the lamp. Like any lamp that blows, they just blow.
Right, but when the lamp blows, I was under the impression that it still produces a picture, although a very dim one.
post #4 of 12
When the bulb in your table lamp blows out is there still light or is it dark? Same thing smile.gif
post #5 of 12
Instead of anticipating a lamp replacement you should have had and replaced at least one already. After 10,000 hrs the picture will certainly degrade. That's beyond it's expected lifespan. And how does a lamp create light when it's burnt out?
post #6 of 12
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Originally Posted by rocko1290 View Post

Right, but when the lamp blows, I was under the impression that it still produces a picture, although a very dim one.
No, you were lied to. When a lamp 'blows' that's it...game over. wink.gif
post #7 of 12
I changed my lamp today. It had 10,562 hrs. and it was still producing a picture, although I had the brightness way up. When I went to the "bright"
mode and the picture still was dim,then I knew it was time to change. I had a brand new Mits bulb to put into the tv. I have already ordered another bulb from Mits..
post #8 of 12
Thread Starter 
Great thanks for the replies gentlemen. One more question, should I reset any sort of hour counter when I replace the lamp? If so, how do I go about this? I've read some old posts on how to access the service menu and what not, but I believe something has changed because it wasn't really corresponding with what I had read.
post #9 of 12
You cant reset the set hours, the only thing you can do is keep track of it manually. After lamp replacement just go to the set hours and write them down.
Edited by colour - 6/1/13 at 2:12pm
post #10 of 12
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Originally Posted by colour View Post

You cant reset the set hours, the only thing you can do is keep track of it manually. After lamp replacement just go to the set hours and write them down.
Well I'm not sure how to do this?
post #11 of 12
On your Mit remote , press the menu button , then press 2-4-7-0. Your hour counter should be the bottom line.
post #12 of 12
Just wanted to get this info out there. I've had this TV for about 5 years now, and I absolutely love it. The picture has been phenomenal, I watch Blurays and all sorts of lesser definition shows and movies. Recently I've noticed the picture was noticeably dimmer and so I went online and got a 40$ aftermarket bulb replacement with housing included. I didn't change it though because I was worried the new bulb may be cheap, not last, be dimmer... etc...
Today I finally sai- oh well, I can always put the old bulb back in as it still works. So I got the new on in and WOW the picture is SO much brighter!!! hsahahaha Didn't think it was that bad, turned out it was., hahaha So I still have the dim one in case the new one pops before it's time it up. But I went and checked the hours on the 5 year old set as I hadn't checked since it was brand new and playing with it. I had 11500 hours on the factory bulb...wow.... and still works! (although dim).
So The moral here is change your bulb if you feel it's dim, you will love it like a brand new TV...
As for the Aftermarket bulb lasting nearly as long? I doubt it will, but for 40$ I'm not worried. If I get half the time out of it I will be happy and probably buy another. If I get another 5 years out of this TV I will buy a new flat panel that will be way better than whats out there now, for way cheaper. Good times!!!
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