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Laser Illuminated Projector Association Launched

New Industry Group Will Foster Cooperative Activity To Speed Introduction of New Projector Systems

SAN JOSE, Calif., March 24, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — The Laser Illuminated Projector Association (LIPA) has launched with the goals of explaining the benefits of laser illuminated projectors, advocating for a positive regulatory environment, and developing appropriate training guidelines. The announcement was made today by the LIPA Advisory Committee, composed of industry leaders Barco, Christie Digital, Eastman Kodak, IMAX Corporation, Laser Light Engines, NEC Display Solutions, Necsel/Ushio Ltd., and Sony. 

“LIPA will provide an important and appropriate vehicle for the industry to work cooperatively in fostering a welcoming business and regulatory environment,” stated Pete Lude of Sony, a member of the advisory committee. “We are excited about actively participating in accomplishing LIPA’s objectives.” 

In a laser illuminated projector, the light source is a system of red, green and blue (RGB) lasers. Experts have stated that the use of lasers as the illumination source in digital cinema projectors has several important financial and quality benefits over current illumination technology. These benefits include dramatic reduction of operating costs through increased lifetime and reduction of maintenance, uniform image color and intensity, as well as increased 3D brightness. 

The use of lasers, however, currently requires obtaining a variance from various regulatory agencies – in the U.S. this is known specifically as a “laser light show variance”. This process does not reflect the industry’s maturation or its move into theater settings. Even though the emitted projection doesn’t have safety issues associated with conventional “laser light”, outdated regulations still require this emitted light to be legally treated as a “high powered laser light show” because the light was originally generated with a laser device.

LIPA will develop unified messages in rationalizing laser regulations and in communicating laser benefits to key constituencies. Also, companies will need a venue like LIPA to create and provide evaluation methods. LIPA’s founding companies believe that key groups such as theater owners/operators and regulatory officials will be willing to work with the new association. 

LIPA’s Advisory Committee has set guiding principles that include:  

  • Fostering a positive and receptive business environment for laser-based projectors
  • Focusing on professionally operated laser illuminated projectors greater than or equal to 5000 lumens
  • Promoting education and best practices throughout the value chain
  • Communicating the benefits of laser illumination


The development of laser illuminated projectors is progressing. Kodak, for example, demonstrated an 11K lumen digital projector in October 2010. Laser Light Engines and Necsel are producing laser arrays. Other product prototypes and introductions are expected throughout 2011.

Companies and organizations who are interested in learning more about laser illuminated projectors and/or in joining LIPA can visit www.LIPAinfo.org or send an e-mail to [email protected]. Also, LIPA representatives will be present at the upcoming CinemaCon, scheduled for Las Vegas, NV March 28-31, 2011. LIPA will be managed by the FlexTech Alliance (www.flextech.org), who will provide administrative and organizational support. 
Judith Rubin
Judith Rubin ([email protected]) is a leading journalist, publicist, strategist, blogger, content marketing specialist and connector in the international attractions industry. She excels at writing about all aspects of design and technical design, production and project management. Areas of special interest include AV integration and show control, lighting design and acoustics, specialty cinema, digital video and world’s fairs. Judith has ties to numerous industry organizations. From 2005-2020 she ran communications, publications and social media for the Themed Entertainment Association (TEA). In 2013, she was honored with the TEA Service Award. She was development director of IMERSA, and co-chair of the 2014 IMERSA Summit. She was publicist for the Large Format Cinema Association in the 1990s, now part of the Giant Screen Cinema Association (GSCA) and has also contributed to the publications of PLASA, IAAPA and the International Planetarium Society. Already making her mark as a magazine and book editor, Judith joined World’s Fair magazine in 1987, which introduced her to the attractions industry. Launching as a freelancer in the mid 1990s she has contributed to dozens of publications and media outlets including Funworld, Lighting&Sound America, Sound & Communications, Urban Land, The Raconteur and The Planetarian. She joined InPark in 2010. Judith earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Pratt Institute. She has lived in New York City and the San Francisco Bay Area, and now makes her home in Saint Louis, where she is active in the local arts and theater community.

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