The popularity of outdoor laser lights has risen dramatically over the past year. Along with the increase in laser light owners, discussion of safety concerns has also peaked.
Staying informed on laser light safety is important, doing so will allow you to continue using your Night Star Landscape Lighting products while knowing you and your family will remain safe.
Class IIIa lasers includes common handheld laser pointers and laser scanners. While Night Stars lasers are considered eye safe, as long as the diffracting lens is on the laser, it’s always better to be cautious, especially with something as delicate as your eyes. Night Stars lasers are 100% safe out of the box and remain safe, given no tampering has occurred.
With that said, the following safety tips apply to laser light technology as a whole. Remember to keep safety as your number one priority while using lasers of any kind.
Night Stars Laser Classification
Your Night Stars green and red laser lights contain Class llla lasers. This classification is for lasers with an output power between 1 and 4.99 milliwatts, meaning there is a small risk from accidental exposure for those who have direct eye contact with the laser beam for longer than ¼ of a second.
Avoid Direct Eye Contact
It’s best practice not to intentionally stare into a laser beam for any reason.
Brief, momentary exposure where the tendency is to blink or look away shouldn’t cause damage. However, if an individual intentionally points a laser light at their eyes or another’s eyes it can cause injury to the retina. For this reason, it’s important that you take proper precautions when installing and using your laser lights and keep them away from small children.
When installing the lights, or determining where the lights should point, take care to focus on where the lights are shining, rather than looking directly at the laser.
Place in a Safe Location
Laser lights are a popular item, particularly around the holiday season. Because of this, there have been multiple reports of people stealing laser lights out of others yards. So take any precautions you can to secure your lights
It’s also important to keep the laser lights away from areas where children may access the lights and unknowingly play with them, exposing their eyes to the beams. If you have small children, you can place your laser light on a high location such as tree branches, making the lights more difficult to locate and reach.
Wear Laser Goggles When Installing
Although wearing goggles isn’t necessary for properly handling Class IIIa lasers, especially Night Stars lights, which are certified eye safe, it might bring a sense of comfort for homeowners new to operating laser lights.
You can purchase specialized laser goggles that filter certain wavelengths of light while still allowing for visibility. Laser goggles are available at a low cost and will help avoid accidental exposure to the laser lights.
Don’t Point at Others or Into the Sky
You should never shine a laser of any kind at any moving vehicle. Exposure to Class llla laser beams while driving or flying has been known to cause visual problems and distracting aircraft pilots and those operating motor vehicles should always be avoided.
If you choose to use your lights on trees or other outdoor structures, be sure that the object is dense enough to absorb the lights. Know that purposefully pointing Class IIIa lasers at aircraft is a federal crime.
We encourage you to use Night Stars Landscape Lighting to highlight the beauty of your home while acting responsibly. Staying knowledgeable about lasers and knowing the proper way to handle them will help you and your loved ones avoid any potential safety issues. Shine on!