Panasonic has announced that they're going to be using a new electrodeless HID technology in a series of projection TV sets. This new lamp is being called "LiFi" (Light Fidelity).
It looks interesting. It uses a microwave source to energize the gas mixture in the light capsule.
So my question is this: How much microwave energy are these things going to radiate? I'm sure the pump wavelength has been optimized for maximum energy transfer to the particular mixture of gas, but still - that's gotta take a lot of microwave energy to produce enough light for an RPTV.
Every microwave oven I've ever been around had some measurable amount of leakage. Am I to believe that these TV sets won't?
Will my TV set be able to pop my popcorn as I watch?