LIPA applauds the IEC's update to international laser standards

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As a founding member of the Laser Illuminated Projector Association (LIPA), Barco and LIPA applaud the efforts of the dedicated scientists of the International Electrotechnical Commission’s (IEC) for the May 16 publication of IEC 60825‐1:2014, also known as ‘Edition 3’. This standard acknowledges, among many other updates, that laser-illuminated projectors should be classified the same way as lamp‐based projectors; rather than as laser light show products. This acknowledges that the light emitted from laser-illuminated projectors is unlike that of collimated laser beams used in light shows or other direct laser beam products.

An important milestone
The IEC’s Technical Council 76 (TC76), which drafted and debated the new standard, is an international group of laser experts which ensured that Edition 3 (IEC 60825‐1:2014) reflects the current scientific knowledge. The group based their analysis upon comprehensive scientific review of the latest laser products. Almost every country bases its product safety regulations upon the IEC standards, and many will now take additional steps to ensure its effective implementation. Many countries, including the U.S. and the European Union member states, are in various stages of review of the new standard for consistency with its existing laws and regulations. This is another milestone and a great step in the right direction for laser-illuminated projection technology regulations worldwide.

A mutual goal
Barco was one of the founding members of the Laser Illuminated Projector Association (LIPA) in 2011, striving for an internationally harmonized regulation and standard for laser-illuminated projection. The Laser Illuminated Projector Association (LIPA) is a not-for-profit it organization run by industry-leading companies striving for an internationally harmonized regulation and standard for laser-illuminated projection. Laser-illuminated projectors are enabling movie theater audiences to enjoy higher quality and dramatically brighter images, especially in 3D, while lowering operating costs and reducing power consumption. 

Read the full announcement from LIPA here.

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