Laser Technology is Reviving Projection Display for Professional Spaces

Posted by Bill Oddo. January 18, 2018 - Advanced Visualization

Every location has a unique set of demands when it comes to professional AV integration. Physical space, hardware size, image quality and, of course, budget all factor into a company’s display options.

One consideration in professional AV integration has been whether to use a projector or flat panel display. Both options have their benefits and drawbacks in terms of utility and affordability, but over the years projectors have faced competition from a wave of new technology and display options. Decision-makers may be reluctant to integrate projectors — especially in spaces that require a lot of hardware — due to assured bulb obsolescence, and as a result, regular replacement costs.

Emerging laser technology is reviving projection by addressing the primary pain points that previously held back this display option. Companies have less cause for concern when it comes to projector longevity or cost when images are projected using high-performing, cutting-edge laser technology.

Why use a projector?

In some instances, projectors have been eclipsed by other display technologies. Some of the misconceptions about projectors such as hardware complications or inferior quality have unjustly stigmatized projectors as an alternative to flashy, expensive flat panel displays.

In reality, many professional spaces stand to benefit from projection technology. For starters, projection displays are typically more affordable than panels — especially for displays over 90 inches. Plus, unlike panels, projection displays do not require bezels and therefore experience no gaps in visualization.

Despite all the benefits offered by projection technology, one issue has ultimately held it back from realizing its full potential: bulbs. Bulbs for projection have a been a longstanding issue due to unreliability and cost. Luckily, the days of projection technologies being beholden to bulbs are over, thanks to laser technology.

The added value of laser

Laser projectors essentially deliver the same display experience as bulb projectors but with a few added benefits. The perks of laser projections become crystal clear when you consider the features of bulbs.

Bulbs have an unavoidable lumen half-life, so over time they burn out and must be replaced to maintain quality. Lasers, on the other hand, have much greater lasting power without requiring any extra maintenance. Now, you might think, “This is too good to be true. Laser technology must be more expensive, right?” In fact, the answer is no — over the years laser projectors have become more and more affordable, and as a result they have seen a spike in popularity.

Today, the cost of some laser projectors has decreased enough to make them nearly comparable to the cost of bulb projectors. Ultimately, the negligible added expense for laser is quickly returned by forgoing the cost of bulb replacements.

Attainable high image quality

Image quality is also sustained by laser projection. The same, high-quality display consumers have come to expect out of projectors is still achieved through laser, but is uninhibited by diminished brightness that inevitably occurs due to bulb age.

Keep in mind that laser projectors are equally affected by high ambient light conditions as bulb projectors. To receive optimal visualization, consider partnering with an advanced visualization integration professional who can account for all the nuances of a professional space and deliver the best display solution possible.

Projectors remain one of the most ideal visualization solution for large professional spaces, and thanks to improved laser technology it is more affordable and efficient than ever. Contact IGI to learn more about the advantages of using laser projection to display high-resolution visuals within your professional space.

About IGI

Immersion Graphics, Inc. (IGI) provides audio visual design, engineering, consulting, product sales, control system programming, custom fabrication, installation, preventative maintenance, and extended support services out of its headquarters location in Detroit and west coast operation in Los Angeles. Additional offices are located in Indianapolis, Cincinnati, and Grand Rapids.

Founded in 1998, IGI has installed numerous large-scale, ultra-high resolution systems throughout the U.S. in the automotive, higher education, medical, financial, and energy transmission markets, and for the United States military and other government agencies. Applications include industrial design, engineering and data visualization, mission-critical command & control room environments, presentation systems, video conferencing, digital signage, and a variety of commercial AV solutions for emerging markets where the simultaneous visualization of 3D models and complex data by a group is essential to effective decision making. To get an in depth look at what we do, see our website at www.werigi.com, we are IGI.

IGI is minority owned, veteran owned, and a small business and SBA 8(a) program graduate.

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