Choosing the right Pacific Laser Systems laser level for a construction or remodeling job can be a daunting task. How do you know which one is best for your project?
Do you go with a red or green laser level? Let’s explore the differences between these two laser level types to help you make an informed decision.
What Are the Main PLS Laser Types
The two most common types of PLS lasers used by professional contractors are line lasers and rotary lasers. Line lasers project a single straight line onto any surface, allowing for easy alignment of horizontal or vertical structures.
Rotary lasers project an entire 360° circle around the unit, making them ideal for indoor or outdoor leveling applications. Regardless of laser type, Pacific Laser Systems laser levels are the perfect choice for construction and remodeling projects due to their superior laser technology.
PLS Line Lasers - Benefits of Green vs Red
Line lasers come in both green and red varieties. Red versions have been around longer than green ones but green is quickly becoming more popular due to its higher visibility in bright light conditions. This means that it will be easier to see the line projected from a green laser than from a red one.
Red laser levels are a great choice for those who are working indoors or are on a budget. Red lasers tend to be more affordable than green laser levels, making them the perfect choice for DIYers and contractors on a tight budget. In addition, red PLS lasers can still be seen in bright light conditions, though they may not be as visible as Green laser models.
PLS Rotary Lasers - Green Accuracy Matters
When it comes to rotary lasers, accuracy is key. You want your measurements to be as precise as possible which is why professional contractors prefer green rotary laser levels over their red counterparts. PLS Green rotary laser levels such as the HV2G offer up to four times greater brightness than their red counterparts because they emit more power in their light beam which allows them to travel further distances with less degradation in accuracy.
Can Red PLS Lasers Be Used Outdoors?
People sometimes think that a green beam laser will work best outdoors and in bright light. However, it is not always the case. While a green laser may outperform a red laser, using a laser detector, such as any PLS laser with "system" in the model name, is recommended when working outdoors, in very bright ambient conditions, or at distances beyond 30 feet.
By investing in this type of set up, you can gain battery life and save money over the long term since you won't be needing to replace your batteries so often.
Wrapping it up
Both green and red PLS laser levels can provide accurate results for any leveling application; however, there are some important differences between the two that need to be kept in mind when choosing which type of PLS laser level is right for you.
Green PLS line lasers like the PLS 180G will produce better visibility in bright light conditions and green rotary lasers will offer up to four times greater accuracy than their red counterparts – making them the ideal choice for outdoor bright light conditions, or longer distance measuring.
Red PLS lasers are just as accurate as green but are offered at a lower price point and work best within indoor layout applications. Detection of Red lasers can be further enhanced with an SLD Laser detector.