The PT-MZ16KL uses a liquid-cooled, multi-laser module light source along with a sealed phosphor wheel to deliver a rated brightness of 16,000 lumens. Like most 3LCD projectors, the PT-MZ16KL produces as many color lumens as it does white lumens, which ensures an incredibility bright and vibrant image.
Panasonic claims 20,000 hours of laser life for the PT-MZ16KL. As with a lamp-based system, the life rating is the point where 50% of the brightness has been lost. If the PT-MZ16KL was used 40 hours a week, 20,000 hours equates to over 9 ½ years of operation.
For maximum reliability, the PT-MZ16KL utilizes Panasonic’s Multi-Drive Laser Optical Engine with Failover Redundancy Circuits. This means the laser diodes are grouped into multiple laser modules. If one diode in a module fails, only the laser diodes in the affected series are bypassed. The remaining diodes continue to operate, maintaining close to full brightness. This is different than many laser projectors which if a laser diode fails, the entire module shuts down resulting in a dramatic loss of brightness. The Multi-Drive Laser Optical Engine used PT-MZ16KL Series adds an invaluable layer of insurance when image presentation must not be interrupted.
The Phosphor wheel is also sealed to protect it from dust particles and cooled to extended reliability. The PT-MZ16KL’s airtight optical unit that makes this projector ideal for use in dusty environments, from high-traffic classrooms and lecture theaters to large-scale outdoor events. The PT-MZ16KL projector’s reusable filter can be washed and reused. The filter should last as long as the laser light engine which is 20,000 hours.
There are three modes to adjust the brightness output of the laser light source:
- Normal - 100% brightness at high fan speed which results in an estimated laser light source life of about 20,000 hours.
- Quiet - Reduces brightness by 70% while reducing fan speed to lower noise. This results in an estimated laser light source life of about 20,000 hours.
- User 1-3 -The laser engine brightness can be adjusted from 8% to 100%. Increasing the lamp brightness level decreases the laser light source’s life.
The PT-MZ16KL laser light engine can be modulated frame-by-frame to accurately increase the projector’s dynamic contrast performance, particularly with video where scenes frequently change from light to dark. For example, if the PT-MZ16KL encounters a “black frame” of information, it can shut down the laser engine completely projecting a true black frame. Unlike lamp-based projectors, the power consumption is greatly reduced when implemented.