Lasers have become popular effect fixtures for mobile entertainers. Most laser fixtures are compact lightweight and can create incredible visual effects with or without haze or fog.
But there are some basic safety practices we all have to be aware of before using lasers. The beams of light emitted from lasers are highly concentrated. If used improperly, some lasers could cause permanent eye damage. This is why the FDA has categorized lasers into 4 main classes of strength ranging from low power laser products like laser printers or CD players up to strong lasers for Laser light shows or industrial use that could cause serious injury.
Test your Laser knowledge with this quick quiz!
1. LASER is an acronym that stands for
a. Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation
b. Luminant Array of Symbiant Electronic Reflectors
c. Lux Arc Sent by Emersion Rays
d. Longitude Angle Shifted with Energy Reactors
e. Legal Ambient Sensor Efficiency Rating
2. Which of the following is true about Laser effect fixtures
a. They are always completely harmless
b. If used improperly, they could cause permanent eye damage
c. When aimed at the tongue, they can be tasted
d. They can only project red and green dots
e. They must weight at least 50 pounds for safety reasons
3. Which of the following is one factor used in in setting FDA classifications of Lasers?
A. Manufacturer of the fixture
B. Nationality of the operator
C. Amount of payment for the event
D. Emitted power of the laser
E. Guest count of the event
4. A variance is
a. A type of Laser
b. A special permit which means you are trained and authorized to use a high powered laser.
c. The color changing option on the menu of a laser fixture
d. The degree of power of the laser
e. A digital way of controlling a lasers using midi controls
5. Which of the following is true?
a. Lasers were invented by an Austrian scientist named Klaus Lux
b. Generally any laser stronger than 4.95 milliwatts requires a variance
c. Variance lasers can only be controlled via DMX
d. All laser can project 3D images
e. Entertainers who use lasers have full dance floors 78% of the time.