Laser projectors have created a lot of visibility for themselves in the cinema market, since their introduction in the 2014-2015 timeframe. Exhibitors look at RGB laser projectors to serve larger screens, brighter 3D and/or a more premium experience. Laser phosphor projectors are the product of choice when reduced TCO, higher operational efficiency, and hassle-free operations are important.
In the next three articles we’ll share some of the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) we get and their answers.
We start off with: How to get the laser projector into my booth?Given the importance of cooling and the impact it has on brightness and lifetime of laser light sources, the projectors have a relatively large(r) cooling component. For Barco’s RGB laser projectors these are called 'chillers': a closed circuit of cooling liquid below ambient, much like a refrigerator. The cooling unit of our laser phosphor units is comparable to a car radiator. In any case, it’s this carefully designed cooling that allows us to reach performance metrics like 30,000 hours lifetime to 80% light level. Of course, the cooling adds to the total volume. Barco’s 60,000-lumen RGB laser projector measures 74 x 144 x 29cm; and has two chillers of 70 x 70 x 80cm each. The projector weighs 235 kg.
Your checklist for the physical installation should include things like: