Applications: Laser Lighting Effects
- Laser lighting displays accompany many music concerts
- Laser tag
- Laser harp: a musical instrument were the strings are replaced with laser beams
- As a light source for digital cinema projectors
A laser lighting display or laser light show involves the use of laser light to entertain an audience. A laser light show may consist only of projected laser beams set to music, or may accompany another form of entertainment, typically musical performances.
Laser light is useful in entertainment because the coherent nature of laser light allows a narrow beam to be produced, which allows the use of optical scanning to draw patterns or images on walls, ceilings or other surfaces including theatrical smoke and fog without refocusing for the differences in distance, as is common with video projection. This inherently more focused beam is also extremely visible, and is often used as an effect. Sometimes the beams are "bounced" to different positions with mirrors to create laser sculptures.
Green laser modules are ideal for laser light shows and visual displays due to the human eyes natural response being more sensitive to the colour green than red.
The numerous laser patterns and beam shapes available make it possible for breathtaking visual displays to be achieved. This has become a popular method used by corporations in eye catching promotional events.