Has your business or organisation been browsing the market for a laser level? That’s no surprise, because it’s no longer just the equipment of choice for verifying laser-accurate horizontal and vertical lines and grades both indoors and out, but you can get your hands on one for about a week or so in value of a morning takeaway coffee. But while it’s true that sub-£100 level may just do the job perfectly well, it’s also possible to take a bite out of your budget that is ten times higher – so how on earth do you navigate around such a diverse and competitive product range?
The answer: with our bite-sized laser level buying guide, of course!:
As it says on the tin, the laser level is all about … levelling. But it depends how it’s done.
Before shooting out those beams, you’ll have to ensure the device is levelled or ‘zeroed’ relative to the ground or surface. Thankfully, even the most accessibly priced levels these days are totally self-levelling, meaning that if you can see a solid beam, your device knows where it is relative to the earth.
That said, it’s still possible to get a laser that needs to be manually levelled, which is done with a spirit level bubble.
The greater the laser range, the higher the price. The ones with the longest range are rotary lasers with their 360° continuous circle beams, which are preferred by most bigger construction sites and bundle laser detector receivers for those longer distances. But for most indoor projects, the range of the most affordable lasers will be more than sufficient.
It has to be said that a laser beam certainly sounds pretty accurate – and you’d be right. Nonetheless, even the highest quality laser lens isn’t 100% accurate, which is shy level device accuracy is measured in fractions of an inch (plus or minus perfect accuracy) over a 100 foot distance. The smaller the fraction, the more accurate the level.
- Beam colour
When you’re choosing between red (standard) and green laser beam colours, your aesthetic preferences have little to do with it. Quite simply, red is the best visibility for indoors, while green lasers are what you’ll find on the levels on outdoor sites simply because it’s easier to spot in sunlight and travels a longer distance. Green laser tech, however, uses more power, components and complexity – which is why they’re more expensive.
As a follow-on from #4, it will come as no surprise that green beams typically require bigger and more powerful and sophisticated batteries. At the entry level, however, normal alkaline batteries can be fitted to quality devices, although some will ask for rechargeable ones. At the high end of the market, however, some battery configurations promise an amazing 60 hours of useable battery power – or more.
Need More Help Choosing A Laser Level?
As is the case with most electronic devices, the more you pay, the better quality product you’ll have in your hot little hands. The best levels bundle impressive impact, dust and water resistance – and therefore greater durability – as standard, and don’t forget to factor into your budget any accessories you’ll need like tripods, laser detectors and targets, and laser-grade protective glasses.
Are you ready to choose the perfect laser level for your business or organisation? The key is matching your typical applications with exactly the device specifications for the job, so for a little more guidance don’t hesitate to get in touch with our industry guides.