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Concerned about energy efficiency?

July 06, 2023

We are, too. Let’s look at energy efficiency and our cinema projectors

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Beyond a doubt, one of the most anticipated weekend outings for many people is going to the theatre to watch a film on a big screen. The company we keep, the popcorn we eat, the roaring surround sound, and bright, vivid colors on screen – it’s an experience that can’t be replicated.

It’s no surprise that we’re fans of the cinematic experience at Christie. It’s part of our company’s DNA, from our early days developing film projectors to our newest Real|Laser illuminated projectors. It’s our mission to inspire exceptional experiences for audiences to enjoy.

That means working with Christie® partners in the exhibition community and collaborating with well-known film directors, like James Cameron and Ang Lee, to develop the most advanced and widest range of projection technology — and keeping our fingers on the pulse of AV innovation to meet the industry’s needs.

Leading the way with energy efficiency

Caring for the environment is everyone’s responsibility. Whether it’s reducing the amount of product packaging or building products that turn less energy into more lumens, we can make a difference. At Christie, we prioritize building greener solutions to minimize our impact on the environment. And our exhibition partners tell us that reducing projection energy costs is one of their key priorities too.

It’s why our new cinema projectors with Real|Laser illumination technology are energy-efficient, outputting more lumens per watt than the competition, as well as sustainable, with long-lasting light sources for more than 50,000 hours of DCI-specified on-screen brightness.

a visual illustrating the average annual energy costs and savings with Real|Laser

In fact, our new cinema projectors can reduce exhibitors’ energy costs by up to USD$2,500 over five years by producing 50% more lumens per watt – meaning they use less power to produce more brightness on screen.

Compared to Xenon illumination, our Real|Laser projectors also have the lowest CO2 emissions in the industry. For instance, our CP4455-RGB pure laser cinema projector saves over 36,000 kWh per year, which is the equivalent of 28.9 tons of CO2 emissions. That’s like taking 5.6 cars off the road every year per projector.

Let’s shine a light on Real|Laser illumination technology

While Xenon projectors continue to be a popular choice today for their total cost of ownership (TCO), RGB pure laser is the future, with a much lower TCO, and greater energy-efficiency.

Researched, developed, and built at our center of excellence for engineering in Kitchener, Canada, our Real|Laser illumination technology features compact, next-generation Multi Laser Pack Devices (MPDs) that achieve breakthroughs in brightness, color reproduction, image uniformity, contrast, and operational lifetime.

In fact, our new cinema projectors reduce exhibitors’ energy costs by up to USD$2,500 over five years by producing 50% more lumens per watt, meaning they use less power to produce more brightness on screen.

Real|Laser illumination technology exceeds DCI specifications for color, contrast, and brightness to bring a crisp, unmatched image to the screen. With an expanded color spectrum of 95% of Rec. 2020, more available brightness, and the highest contrast ratio of 6,000:1, the result is an incredibly efficient, performance-driven light source that drastically outperforms any other cinema illumination platform.

For mainstream cinemas, the new CP4425-RGB and CP4435-RGB pure laser cinema projectors offer more energy-efficiency than any DCI-compatible projector on the market, and generate over 14 lumens per watt – that’s 50% more than the competition. And for smaller/boutique cinemas, the CP2415-RGB and CP2420-RGB 2K cinema projectors produce 12 lumens per watt.

Our energy-rating guides

We also look for ways to help exhibitors make the right choice for their cinema with our energy-rating guide. By sharing energy-efficiency ratings and TCO numbers, exhibitors can select the solution that best fits their needs.

An example of a Christie energy guide

Every Christie cinema projector has an energy guide that specifies lumens per watt, BTU per hour, and estimated yearly operational cost-savings.

Continuing our legacy of light – and innovation

We’ll continue to develop cinema solutions that lead the way in color, contrast, and operational efficiency, to meet the needs of cinemas and movie-goers today and into the future.

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