EPSON Projector Shadow Problem and How to Fix It

EPSON has established itself as a top-selling and most trusted projector brand worldwide. They do not deal in the manufacturing of projectors alone but also printers, and scanners among others. In as much as they manufacture top-notch devices, there could be times when you would encounter issues or problems while using them.

Most people in online forums often complain about their EPSON projectors showing shadows from the projected image. It is normal to encounter such problems; you must troubleshoot the device to know why that is happening and find a solution.

You can fix an EPSON projector that displays shadows by cleaning the lens, adjusting the projector’s focus, using a quality input cable, and replacing damaged or overheated internal components. Shadow problems in a projector can arise when your input cable has a weak connection. A dirty lens and an aging bulb can also cause shadows from your projection. Another critical cause of shadow problems is a damaged or overheated internal component.

If you are facing a shadow problem with your EPSON projector, read this guide to learn more about it and how to fix it. Calling a technician immediately may not be helpful, especially if you can fix the problem yourself.

EPSON Projector Shadow Problem

Why is My EPSON Projector Showing Shadows on My Screen?

Let us delve into some of the causes of shadow problems in projectors before we look at possible ways to fix them.

  • Weak input cable and power cable connection

Incompatible cables can cause shadow problems on your projector. These cables provide a weak connection between your projector and the power or input source. In some cases, you may not have connected either of the cables in their respective ports correctly.

Make sure to use compatible cables for your projector and make sure that they have been connected to their respective ports correctly and tightly.

  • Damaged or overheating internal components

With the shadow problem, the internal component that will most likely overheat is the lamp. To be sure that the overheating lamp is causing the shadow, look for a big dark shadow on your screen. If you see this, chances are that your bulb is overheating.

You can replace the bulb with one which is less likely to overheat. However, that will only solve it temporarily if your projector itself overheats. Ideally, you need to turn off the projector and let it sit for a while to cool down.

You can place the projector on a cooling pad or near a fan to reduce the heating problem. This can reduce the chances of your projector overheating.

  • Dirty projector lens

If there are dust particles and other debris on your projector’s lens, shadows in the form of small spots would appear on your screen. This sign means that the lens needs to be cleaned. Failure to clean it will make your projector continually cause shadow problems and blurry images.

Cleaning the projector lens can resolve the issue.

  • Aging projector bulbs

If you have not replaced your projector’s bulb in a while and it has started deeming out, you will likely see shadows on your projector screen. It is best to occasionally change your projector’s bulb to avoid deemed projection.

What Should I Do If My EPSON Projector has Shadow Problems?

The first thing you have to do is to find out what is causing the shadow to appear on the screen. The problem could be one of the causes listed in the previous section. After troubleshooting the problem, the next thing to do is to find a solution to fix the issue.

  • Clean the projector lens if it is dirty

Once you notice small spots of shadow on the screen, you have to clean the projector’s lens. The lens could be covered with dust or any debris that will hinder the proper projection of the image. Care should be taken when cleaning the projector’s lens to avoid scratching the surface. I recommend using a cotton swab to clean it.

To clean your EPSON projector’s lens, turn off the projector for a while and turn it back on, then use a cotton swab to gently wipe off the lens’s surface. After cleaning it, you will notice that the small shadow spots have disappeared.

  • Use quality power and input cables for your projector

As stated earlier, incompatible cables can cause a weak connection which in turn can cause the projector to project images with shadows. If the cables are not plugged in well, the problem could also occur.

Always ensure that you have tightly plugged both the input and power cables into the projector’s ports. Also, use compatible cables for your device. You can either use a VGA cable or an HDMI cable.

  • Use a cooling pad to prevent internal components from overheating

If your internal components are overheating, you can also see shadows on your screen. If the shadow is big, it could be because the projector’s lamp is overheating.

You can purchase a cooling pad to use alongside your projector. A fan can also be used. If you have mounted the projector to the ceiling, ensure that the area where the projector is has enough air circulating.

Ignoring signs of your projector overheating can cause more serious problems to your device, which could cost you a lot to get it serviced.

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  • Replace deeming projector lamps

If your projector lamp’s brightness has reduced and appears to deem, you have to change it. This happens when the lamp is approaching the end of its life span. An old lamp that produces dim light can cause shadows on your screen hence the need to change the bulb. Care should be taken when replacing the bulb in other not to damage other components.

If replacing the bulb by yourself is a complicated task, you can take it to a technician to get it done. However, if you want to save the bucks and fix it yourself, follow these steps:

  • Switch off the projector and unplug any cable plugged into it.
  • After, let the device sit for at least an hour to cool down. This period will make the lamp cool down.
  • Use a screwdriver to loosen the screws on the lamp cover.
  • When you are done, slide the cover off the opening to expose the lamp.
  • Use the screwdriver to loosen the screws holding the lamp.
  • Gently lift the lamp handle and pull out the lamp.
  • Insert the new lamp and fix back the screws to hold it in place.
  • Slide the lamp cover to cover the lamp and fix the screws.

Make sure you do not touch the glass of the new lamp when you are inserting it, otherwise the lamp may not work.

  • Adjust the projector’s focus

In some cases, when the projection distance is very wide, there could be shadows on your screen. You can adjust the projector’s focus from the main menu or adjust the projection distance to get a clear image.

You may contact a technician if none of the solutions works for you. The technician would open up the device and study the light path of the lamp to know exactly what is causing the shadows.

Why is My Projector Ghosting?

When your projector is ghosting or showing a blurry image, you are probably using an incompatible input cable, a projector screen whose surface is not smooth, a dirty projector lens, or the lens has not been correctly aligned with the screen.

You can fix projector ghosting using a good, quality, compatible input cable (try VGA or HDMI).  Use a crease-free surface screen for projection and frequently clean the projector’s lens to rid it of dirt.

Final Thoughts

Shadow problems on your EPSON projector can interfere with watching your favorite movie or even cause problems during a presentation. Once this happens, you have to take your time and troubleshoot why the problem is happening.

Once you find the cause, follow the recommended solution and fix the issue. Overlooking the issue can go a long way to damage the projector seriously.


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