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Show Laser Glossary, Definitions & Explanations

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ILDA Laser

What does ILDA stand for?

ILDA is the abbreviation of "International Laser Display Association" and thus the name of an association of laserists. It also describes a signal transmission protocol for the computer control of show laser light systems.

Example of a show laser ILDA connection

ilda connector

How is a Laser System with ILDA connection controlled?

The ILDA laser control signal uses a parallel transmission whereas the computer control signal is serial. That's why the computer control signal has to be convertered to ILDA by a Digital Analogue Converter (DAC), also called "ILDA Interface", combined with laser software. For individual control of multiple laser systems it is necessary to use several DACs (one per individually controlled laser). The ILDA control signal uses a very dense transmission structure, as it has to control every single color change and every re-positioning of the scanners, that it has a 1:1 relation to the laser system. There is no "addressing" possible, like with DMX512 (which works completely different, as the DMX protocol only transmits low-level information).
The creation of logos, texts and animations is only possible due to the complex control structure of a laser. DMX requires the intelligence to be built-in to the DMX fixture - the ILDA signal is capable to real-time transmit the "intelligence" to the laser system.

ILDA control over long distances

Modern show laser light software uses LAN transmission of the ILDA control signal and only converts the serial LAN signal to the analog ILDA signal directly at the laser projector. The limitations of analog transmission technology can be overcome with this and very long transmission distances become possible.

What is the best ILDA laser?

There is no such thing like the best show laser system. There is only the best laser display for your purpose. And this depends on many factors: How big is your venue? Do you need graphics projections? Is it a multimedia show with water involved? Is it an outdoor show or in broad daylight?
Laserworld offers many laser lights and only the smallest budget ones don't have an ILDA connection but DMX or automatic modes.

Laserworld offers a tool for helping you to find your desired show laser system: Find Your Laser

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