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Is Laser the next step for Projection Technology?

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Projector performance has always been closely associated with brightness, which has long been the most important parameter in judging the clarity of projected images. In fact, it seems like the biggest jumps in projector performance (both brightness and lamp life) have come with an introduction of new light sources – from halogen to metal halide to UHE/UHB and so on…

When Casio unveiled the first high-brightness mercury-free hybrid laser/LED light source in 2010, it awoke the entire industry to the viability of laser technology as the source of light in projection technology. While this has initially been introduced in solid-state, large venue systems which are expensive, the technology is expected to grow over time.

An example of a laser cinema projector is the 60,000 lumen Barco DP4K-60L (image source www.infocomm.org)

An example of a laser cinema projector is the 60,000 lumen Barco DP4K-60L (image source www.infocomm.org)

Laser light technology is expected to bring not just considerable increase in image brightness, but also lamp life (perhaps in the 30,000 hour range).

Get more insights into laser’s potential as a projection light source by reading here.

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