The danger of laser Christmas lights

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — A popular Christmas light alternative could cause dangers for pilots if it’s not used properly.

The Star Shower Laser Light is easy to use, but if you don’t read the fine print you could blind pilots in the air.

“Most people don’t realize that those lasers get bigger than the pin prick that they are on the ground. They can actually cover that whole cockpit where he might not be able to see his gauges now, he’s got the airport in sight, and now he’s lost it. It takes at least thirty minutes to get your night vision and you lose it like that,” said Licensed Pilot Josh Kimmel.

This could impact a pilot when he’s trying to land or takeoff.

“The worst case that would happen at first is that they would have to go around and fly around the runway for a while until they get their vision back, but hopefully it doesn’t cause a crash in a worst case scenario,” said Kimmel.

The lasers impact on vision is similar to certain driving situations.

“Maybe the closest thing would be driving in fog and have your headlights reflect back on you, or like you said having brights reflecting on you. It takes a few seconds for you to re-orientate where you’re at again,” said Kimmel.

There is one small warning in the instructions that said the lasers can’t point into the sky within ten nautical miles of an airport. That covers a lot of Colorado Springs.

“As long as they’re angled at the house and not in the air there shouldn’t be an issue at all. If you have them on your house be as safe as you can. Don’t angle them into the sky. Keep them on the main portion of your house,” said Kimmel.

In the instructions, it said if its 40 ft. away from your house it will cast a net of lasers that cover over 3,000 square feet, so it’s important to put them at the right distance to make sure it’s not a danger.

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