Tuesday, April 16, 2024

Historic Statue at Philadelphia’s Franklin Institute Illuminated by Barco Laser Phosphor Projectors

Sacramento, Calif. USA – Global projection technology leader Barco is empowering a beloved Philadelphia museum to create a unique gateway to its key exhibits, illuminating the cornerstone Benjamin Franklin National Memorial for a fraction of the cost incurred with the previous lamp-based projection system.

When it came time to upgrade The Franklin Institute’s projection for the massive rotunda, Advanced AV selected Barco PGWU-62L laser phosphor projectors, not only as the most cost-effective solution – saving thousands of dollars due to the elimination of projector lamp replacements – but also for its superior picture quality, affordable price and five-year extended warranty.

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“The main goal of the Franklin Institute was to dramatically reduce maintenance costs, and with the projectors running a solid 10 hours per day, we’ve achieved that to the tune of tens of thousands of dollars saved per year,” comments Tim Pickford, Account Manager for Advanced AV.

Illuminating multimedia entertainment

The projectors also offered a distinct improvement in brightness, which was critical given the size of the rotunda and the shooting distance from the projector to the wall. “Ben Franklin Forever,” a 3.5-minute video presentation presented on four of the walls, was a driving force behind the projection system upgrade. In addition, several multimedia displays surround a marble statue of Benjamin Franklin, projecting quotes and clips which showcase his many inventions and contributions to science.

Quiet and sharp

Designed for fixed installation, the compact and lightweight PGWU-62L projector features WUXGA resolution (1,920 x 1,200) and reliable single-chip DLP technology, delivering excellent contrast, color management and brightness. It’s the quietest laser phosphor projector on the market (5,000 lm and up), making it ideal for high-profile public venues as well as boardrooms. Low maintenance costs and long lifetime make it a smart investment.

“We’re excited to see our laser phosphor projectors dramatically elevate the ‘wow’ factor for The Franklin Institute’s magnificent exhibits while saving the Institute thousands of dollars per year,” comments Neil Wittering, Director Strategic Marketing ProAV. “Advanced AV did a fantastic job integrating the projectors in a challenging environment – they are true innovators in this space!”

Joe Kleiman
Joe Kleimanhttp://wwww.themedreality.com
Raised in San Diego on theme parks, zoos, and IMAX films, InPark's Senior Correspondent Joe Kleiman would expand his childhood loves into two decades as a projectionist and theater director within the giant screen industry. In addition to his work in commercial and museum operations, Joe has volunteered his time to animal husbandry at leading facilities in California and Texas and has played a leading management role for a number of performing arts companies. Joe previously served as News Editor and has remained a contributing author to InPark Magazine since 2011. HIs writing has also appeared in Sound & Communications, LF Examiner, Jim Hill Media, The Planetarian, Behind the Thrills, and MiceChat His blog, ThemedReality.com takes an unconventional look at the attractions industry. Follow on twitter @ThemesRenewed Joe lives in Sacramento, California with his wife, dog, and a ghost.

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