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Show Laser Glossary, Definitions & Explanations This Glossary shall provide general definitions for terms used on this website as well as give some background information on terms and topics used in show laser and entertainment industry.
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What is laser light?

Laser light defines a laser beam in the visible spectrum (between 400 and 700nm wavelength). Often the term is used to describe a projection system emitting laser beams in the visible laser spectrum.  Laser (“Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation”) creates and amplifies electromagnetic radiation of a specific frequency through the process of stimulated emission. Laser light systems create sharp light beams, highly focused over long distances. Like laser lighting displays, laser lights are used as an entertainment medium. Single and multi-color laser lights allow for effects such as animated images and patterns. Impressive laser shows can be produced by adding more different media, such as smoke, fog, video projections or water screens.

Brief explanation of the interior of a laser light

Other terms for laser light

The term "Laser light" is synonymously used for "Show laser", "Laser display" or even "Laser show" (meaning the laser projector unit here).
Sometimes they are also called "Entertainment laser".

What makes laser light particularly good for show purposes?

Laser shows utilize the visibility of laser light. Most show lasers with different colored laser sources come with the colors red, green and blue which make them to so-called RGB lasers. Laser projectors with OPSL modules often provide cyan and orange, rarely lime for a bigger color gamut.
Thanks to laser light, impressive laser effects are possible. Depending on the scanning system demanding animations and graphics projections are able to tell whole stories with impressive pictures. Most popular is the so-called audience scanning with laser beams projected directly into the audience. Important: local safety insctructions must be considered and observed.

Popular locations for laser light

Despite laser shows on e.g. festivals, discos, bars, clubs, wedding ceremonies, birthdays, etc., laser light is nowadays more and more used as car headlights.

Laser light examples

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