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Epson’s Color Brightness

Epson projectors have up to 3x Brighter Colors* than leading 1-chip DLP projectors.

Compare Projector Lumens for Yourself

These two images from similarly priced projectors have comparable white brightness lumens, but the noticeable inequality in image is due, in large part, to the difference in color brightness lumens

Epson Lumens

2600 Color Brightness
2600 White Brightness

Competitor Lumens

750 Color Brightness
2700 White Brightness

Taking the Color Brightness Challenge to the Streets

Across the country, people are taking the challenge to determine if they prefer images from 3LCD or 1-chip DLP. Watch educators, broadcasters, creative professionals and more share with you the difference that's plain to see.

“Color brightness, color light output, or simply CLO... has an excellent pedigree, as part of the Information Display Measurements Standard.”

–M. David Stone, PCMAG.COM

Understanding Projector Lumens

Brightness is measured in lumens, but there are two specs. When asked, 79% of projector buyers surveyed think a single lumen number means both white and color brightness3.
It does not.

Epson's Advantages over 1-chip DLP Projectors

High Color Brightness with Epson Projectors

All Epson projectors use 3-chip 3LCD technology for high Color Brightness and vibrant, true to life color.

3LCD delivers both high color and high white brightness

3LCD engines send light continuously (not sequentially). All colors are available all the time. In 1-chip DLP, only one color is available at a time, resulting in lower color brightness and system efficiency. Some systems use a white segment to boost white brightness, this approach is proven to degrade color accuracy.

Color Brightness Comparisons

Independent test results for color brightness can be found at www.colorlightoutput.com

Hundreds of different projector brands and models have been tested, and the color brightness ratings are listed.


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q: Does the lumens value refer to both white and color brightness (white light output and color light output)?
A: No. Unless specified in the color brightness specifications, only white brightness is noted. Color brightness may be up to 1/3 the value of white brightness.

Q: How is color brightness determined?
A: Color brightness (color light output) is measured in accordance with the IDMS 15.4 standard.

Q: Can there be differences between white and color brightness (white light output and color light output)?
A: Yes. For instance, a projector that produces 3000 lumens of white brightness may produce only 800 lumens of color brightness. This can produce noticeable differences even when similar projector specifications and prices are compared. The expected results might not be attained. The color brightness may be up to 1/3 of the quoted white brightness value. Ask to see both specifications, white brightness and color brightness.

Q: Are lumens from LEDs different from regular lumens?
A: No, the lumens value is a standard international unit of measure and is not dependent on the light source.

Q: Why is color brightness not published?
A: Some projectors have the same level of color brightness as white brightness. Several manufacturers fail to mention that the color brightness of their projectors may be up to 1/3 of the white brightness.

Q: Where can I get more information about color light output (color brightness)?
A: Go to www.colorlightoutput.com