LED vs. Laser Lights [A Photon Faceoff Battle Royale]

February 09, 2017

LED vs. Laser Lights [A Photon Faceoff Battle Royale]

You probably never imagined that one day you’d be sitting at your computer and researching holiday laser lights and LED lights. You probably imagined things much more glamorous, no doubt, for your day-to-day activities— private jets, relaxing on tropical isles and the consumption of endless Tiki drinks. The fact of the matter is, you’re here now and this undoubtedly is the most important thing in your life.

You know it to be true that there’s always some holiday just around the corner and every time you take a look at that honey-do list, it’s you’re job to drag out and put up the decorations. This often means climbing up a rickety old ladder and risking life and limb while working on the roof. 

But maybe you’ve done your research and you’re ready to ditch those tangled messes of old school dim-bulb holiday lights and upgrade to the unequivocally easier and safer laser or LED lights from us here at Night Stars. Whether it’s Valentines Day, Fourth of July, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas or just your Friday or Saturday night get-together, we’ve got you covered! 

Now you’re considering the ultimate question: what’s going to be the best kind of light for me? Laser lights? Or LED? 

Both have their pro’s and con’s and both are going to give your home the holiday feel you’re looking for, but let’s take a deeper look at these two types of lights.

Science and Stuff

Just to get it out of the way, we’re going to drop some knowledge on you. If you’re not the type of person who likes to know exactly how things work, go ahead and skip forward a bit. But for those of you out there who don’t mind taking some time out to embrace your inner geek, prepare for some science!


An LED is a junction diode created from semiconductor compound gallium arsenide phosphide (say that ten times fast). LEDs employed as optical fiber transmitters emit infrared radiation at a wavelength of about 850 nm (0.85 µm). Pulse code modulated signals from the coder supply input current to the LED. This will generate equivalent streams of infrared pulses for transmission beside the optical fiber system.

If all that made your eyes go glassy, you’re not alone. Suffice it to say that LEDs are inexpensive and convenient when being used as a light source. They tend to last a little longer than laser lights and are eye-safe in any application.


In the event that you’ve never sat around a dinner table with a know-it-all thirteen year old, the word “laser” is actually an acronym. It stands for Light Amplification by the Stimulated Emission of Radiation.

A laser produces a strong light beam or infrared radiation and has the following properties:

  • Monochromatic (consists of one wavelength) 
  • Coherent (all fragments are in phase) 
  • Collimated (all fragments travel in one and the same direction)

The laser diodes used in optical fiber arrangements are made from gallium arsenide phosphide. A laser the size of a grain of sand can produce the power output of about 10 mWatt (for the record, that’s a lot)! 

Now, you may have heard somewhere that laser pointers can give you vision problems if you point them in someone’s eyes and, yes, lasers can be dangerous. But, you’ll rest easy knowing that the Class IIIa lasers we employ at Night Stars are covered with a diffractive lens that disperses the concentrated beam, making them safe for use.

For our applications, laser holiday lights and LED holiday lights are comparable in performance. The biggest difference you’re going to find with these holiday lights is in the way they look

The Many Looks of Laser Lights and LEDs

If you navigate over to our Celebration Series page, you’ll see that there are both laser light and LED light models present. A cursory glance over the displays of both will show the very clear differences between the two. LED lights, like our Holiday Charms projector, tend to have a richer picture than those of the laser projectors as LEDs are capable of producing more complex images than lasers. 

Our laser holiday lights, like the Moving 5 Pattern laser, look, well, a lot like lasers! Crisp lines and bright neon colors displayed all along the walls of your home.

Of course, you might want to keep it traditional with a display of thousands of glittering holiday lights on your home, which is available in both LED and laser!

The Choice is Yours! 

Much of your decision will be based on the aesthetics you want for your own home. Some may choose the glittering, brilliant display of LED or laser holiday lights. Yet some may want bold outlines of snowmen or jack-o-lanterns. Maybe you want full-color LED fall leaves, fireworks or shamrocks?

Anyway you want it, that’s the way you’ll get it with Night Stars laser and LED light projectors! 

Of course you can always compromise with our combination lasers and LED projectors, like our Premium Series Red, Green, & Blue, 16 LED with Remote!

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