Christie showcases laser phosphor cinema line
Christie has marked the launch of the Christie LaPh line for cinemas with a preview of its new laser phosphor (LaPh) projection technology at BIRTV 2015.

Laser phosphor technology, which uses a blue laser diode as the light source instead of a high intensity discharge (HID) lamp, has surged in popularity in recent years. However, nobody has embraced this development with more enthusiasm than Christie, having used it in its GS and Captiva Series.

Capable of 22,000 lumens, and 30,000 hours at 50 per cent brightness, Christie claims this new technology will reduce maintenance costs, lower environmental impact, and simplify operational workflows.

“Our customers are looking for choice, whether that be Xenon lamps, pure RGB laser or laser phosphor technologies,” said Don Shaw, senior director of product management at Christie. “As each customer environment is unique and, consistent with our 85-year tradition in cinema, we continue to be focused on meeting the individual needs of each exhibitor.”

Mr Shaw added that while lamp-based projectors are still a very popular option, LaPh illumination systems offer the extra advantage of reducing operational costs and environmental considerations surrounding ongoing usage.

The Christie CP2208-LP, Christie's first laser phosphor solution designed specifically for cinemas, will be available in early 2016, followed by a series of powerful LaPh products. However, the company's plans don't stop there: they will also be offering retrofit kits for customers who currently have lamp-based cinema projectors.

Laser projectors are becoming an increasingly popular option for manufacturers and consumers as a result of their ‘laser-sharp’ images, sensational colours and low maintenance costs. Available in many forms such as pure laser, laser phosphor, or laser phosphor hybrid, some AV experts predict that laser technology will eventually lead the way in projection.