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Christmas "Lazy Lights" Causing Safety Issue For Pilots

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Just when you thought the world couldn't get any lazier with decorating for the holidays, here come the Lazy Lights. I mean laser lights. The idea seems brilliant, unless you're aiming them to the sky. And even then it just shows your neighbors how lazy you are when it comes to getting out and into the holiday spirit. (www.cbsnews.com) More...

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raptor22ms
raptor22ms 4
Though they are not as bad as a high powered laser they still disorientate you. I have been struck twice this week and realized these holiday lights are to blame.
timdraeger
Tim Draeger 4
I live on an airpark and have them on my house. But, they are firmly positioned to shine on the house and not up, never crossing the roofline. They can be dangerous from the air if improperly installed. Just pulling out of my garage in the car, I've caught the beam in my view. Would hate if it shined while turning base to final.
jordanabrown
Alan Brown 2
We have had a couple of local private pilots also report on these lasers, and one issue with them is that they are LOW intensity lasers, as opposed to the HIGH intensity ones that have been blinding the pilots. These will still be reported by some of the pilots, especially civilian, but are not as dangerous, and should not cause any major problems with commercial aircraft.

2018paulrobbinx
Paul Robbins 2
Yes, this is a huge problem! I was on a night on Sunday, and I got temporarily blinded by these. Be alert, protect us and your record. Pointing lasers at an airplane is a felony!
taterhed1
taterhed1 2
"If the box is aimed a little high, some of the laser light will not hit the roof of the house," said Lynn Lunsford of the Federal Aviation Administration. "It'll just keep going off into space."


You know, I wouldn't count on seeing these from the ISS (space station).

Let's face it: any light, bright enough and focused sufficiently, can be distracting, disorienting or cause SOME loss of (night) vision.
ALL pilots should consider the possibility of encountering distracting illumination while flying--especially close to the ground or in hostile territory--and use personal mitigation techniques to counter the threat. Example: don't stare at the light source trying to pinpoint the location, use the dash/visor/hat/map to block the offending light, discontinue maneuvering and try another approach--possibly from a different direction/runway/downwind.

I'm not preaching, but the real risks and hazards (there certainly are some) get buried and overwhelmed by nuisance/low-impact reports. Research how many of these reports are for 'white lasers.' (footnote: white lasers now exist in the laboratory! only)
paultrubits
paul trubits 2
The light pattern is round. Unless you live in geodesic dome, some light is going to miss the house. These lights are sold out this year. Many more to come for next year. My prediction is that next Christmas people will be using drones to disable them. Going to be a joyous holiday season next year!
watkinssusan
mary susan watkins 1
when I first saw these advertised (and eveyone including the home shopping networks are "pushing" them for Christmas lighting)I wondered about having laser type lights pointing at, in or around a house as they could be pointed too high..i live in the flight path of both a small airport and a large airport, and have aircraft and helicopters flyong over all the time,some at low levels..from what i have heard and read however, the faa has not yet said these can be a danger...
zcolescott
Zachary Colescott 1
Just had an older gentleman come into my office asking me whether or not he could do this. I appreciated that he thought about it and took the time to come ask. I told him that if I at least know about it, I can get a NOTAM posted alerting pilots to the potential hazard, regardless of where his house is located within our traffic pattern.
paultrubits
paul trubits 2
I have one pointed at my house. It is shining into the final approach to KSBY(I am about 3nm from the runway). How can I find out if the pilots can see it and if bother's them?
Ruger9X19
Ruger9X19 1
It is not a problem at these distances. These use a 5mW laser with a divergence of roughly 8.13mrad or more would give you a spot size of a bit larger than 200ft. and a luminosity that would be lost among lights of even a small town.
Ruger9X19
Ruger9X19 0
These are not high powered lasers in these displays and while maybe annoying, equating them to the higher powered lasers with wattage that could cause damage is ridiculous These are little more than overpowered flashlights with cheap diodes, and reflected off mirrors. These are not going to harm anyone.
bombaybruce
Bruce Smith 1
The harm may not be damage to one's eye, but the disorientation caused by them being in your visual path while on approach.
Ruger9X19
Ruger9X19 3
My response was not as clear as it could have been. My issue was with the article directly compairing to high power lasers. "But helicopter reporter Stu Mundel,... has encountered other types of consumer lasers ... " then goes on to describe his eye damage.

The article is trying to cause panic and say this product may cause eye damage and it cannot. Heck, they sell stronger lasers than this as flairs for signaling aircraft in an emergency (which is completely safe and legal). http://www.rei.com/product/722966/greatland-laser-rescue-laser-flare-magnum

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