In today’s article ninjas, I’ve decided to answer a question that some of you guys asked me a few times …
… is there any difference between the green laser and red laser levels?
If you own a laser level or you’re looking to find out what are the best laser levels on the market, you have or you will find out that the laser levels project laser beams. These laser beams are what give a visible mark and a reading on the surface that is projected.
Let’s get right into it.
Green Laser vs Red Laser Level … Which One Should I Choose?
In this green vs red laser level article, I will only talk about the laser levels that I know and have used in the DIY and construction industry. There is another kind of lasers out there, used in other industries and they are much more powerful … which could cause you really serious injuries if not used correctly or not have the proper safety equipment!
But the ones we use … are totally safe, the power output is very low. Plus, the majority of these laser levels are considered …
- Class II or
- Class IIa
This means that the laser beam or laser system will not cause eye damage unless viewed directly for an extended period of time, or with binoculars, magnifiers, or telescopes.
Whereas the industrial lasers, the lasers used in shows and those used in research labs … can cause really bad injuries to the naked eye not when exposed directly to the light…
… but as well when the laser beam it’s reflected.
Choosing which one to use or wonder which laser level color beam is suitable to help you accomplish your job or DIY home improvement task it could be a headache … even for a PRO sometimes.
And that is because there are a lot of laser tools to choose from out there and many features to look at.
Red and green laser beams are on the “visible light” wavelength which is between 400-700nm. You need to see the mark clearly even during the day. Laser light provides accuracy and optimum visibility which can make the difference between a successful project and a flop. The laser beam has to be sharp, long and bright to ensure optimum visibility.
I personally like to use the laser levels that project green beams when I’m doing wall/basement framing.
If you really want to go more in-depth and learn even more about laser levels colors and wavelengths, check out the video below…
What Does The Wavelength Of A Laser Mean?
Here is a short comparison table in order to absorb quicker and easier and the information about the differences between the red and the green beam laser levels. If you want to find out more about each laser level just click on the picture and it will take you to Amazon. There you can check laser level prices and hundreds of reviews from owners.
What's the difference between a green laser and a red laser?
Green Line/Beam Laser Level
A laser level is required for drainage and other construction and maintenance or repairs work to ensure precision and accuracy in any areas which you are working on.
Green beam is brightest at a wavelength of about 530nm where it can be detected much better.
Green is in the mid-range of the visible light spectrum which makes it more visible to the human eyes. This laser uses more energy, therefore, has a longer distance of visibility.
A green beam in a laser level can be visible from a long distance without the need for a detector. The green laser beam is also a solid and thick line for ease in tracing and visualization.
When To Use A Green Laser Level?
Well, if you ask me ... AT ALL TIMES :)
A green laser level beam is good for jobs that are done especially outdoors due to the two times stronger diode. It is more preferred for
- round constructions
- working with drywall
- kitchen installations
- and a looooooot more :)
To be honest, nowadays, people are moving towards buying laser levels with green lines. As the prices gradually are coming down for this type of laser level ...
... people will move from red to green.
It just makes sense!
Where To Buy A Green Laser Level?
Green line laser levels are available in all big stores. I've heard that in some small areas, small towns or cities ... these kind of level devices are not available. (I guess it kinda makes sense a little bit, they are still a bit pricey and is not for everyone's pocket).
I'm sure that if you have a Home Depot store or Lowes in your area ... they might have it.
If not ... we can always turn to Amazon to buy our tools :) right?
Shop around a little there are few options out there. I'll leave my ninja recommendation for you as well if you need to know what I prefer. Click here to see it on Amazon.
Red Line/Beam Laser Level
If you need a laser level to do DIY and home improvement jobs ... a red line laser level it will a good tool to invest in.
My recommendation is to go for a green line laser level the first time you buy one, but if the budget doesn't allow it...
... you will be fine with a red line level tool as well.
The red laser level is easily available, you could say they are cheap self leveling laser levels compared to that of a green laser level and easy to use.
A red line level can be used in both interior and exterior tasks. Having said that...I would not trust it very much when used outdoors on clear days ...
Because the laser lines won't be visible as far as you'd wish to be :)
I'd say that if you have to work outside ... consider buying a green line laser instead of one with red beams.
When To Use A Red Line/Beam Laser Level?
When asked the same question in regards to the green line laser level...I said:
..."At all times" :)
That is because they are simply great.
But to be completely honest, most of my colleagues on the construction site are using red line laser levels. I've asked a few why they don't have the green one and they've answered that they won't spend the money just yet on another tool. The red line laser level works just fine for any job, DIY home improvement enthusiasts or construction professionals.
As well, they've said that when they bought their laser level ... the didn't have the option of a green one like we have today.
So, based on my experience and of what my colleagues have shared with me on-site, you can use the red line laser level for any job (less for outdoor)
If you don't own any laser level at the moment, I recommend you to go directly for a green line laser device. They are excellent brands out there: DeWalt, Bosch, Hilti, PLS ... and many others.
Where To Buy A Red Line/Beam Laser Level?
Same as with the green laser level, you can go to your local hardware store...Home Depot, Lowes and similar. This type of laser level you will find everywhere.
These tools have been on the market for many years now. Just as I've said earlier, one of the advantages of the red beam level is that is available in all stores. You can go as well online, on Amazon for example. You have tens of laser levels on there. Here is my ninja recommendation On Amazon, in case you need one :)
Just before we wrap this up ... here's a quick video about some differences between the red and the green laser levels.
Green Versus Red Laser Level: Youtube
Which is better: red or green laser level?
When using a laser level you rely on the beam to achieve high precision. Green is more chosen lately for its great distance and visibility. Making the right choice on either green or red laser level will depend on the job at hand and your budget as well.
Both of these levels are suitable for applications as basic as installing ceiling lights, painting stripes, hanging pictures on your walls ... to more difficult stuff like drop ceiling installation, framing walls, etc. Green beam laser levels have greater visibility compared to the rest.
I would say there is two major difference here:
- Ask yourself if you want to pay more for a tool that does basically the same thing. Project laser beams.
- I would say that if you are a pro (especially doing framing, working with drywall and all that) ... IT'S A MUST!
- If you are DIYer ... use whatever comes cheaper to you. (I still recommend green line laser level)
- The second major difference is that one is more visible than the other to the human eye. So it will help you work more accurately and faster as well.
Other than that ... there is nothing worth mentioning here.
There is no clear winner for me ... although having seen both these tools in action, next time I'd go 100% for a GREEN LINE LASER LEVEL :)
I have a DeWalt DW088k as well as a DeWalt DW089K (love this one) ... both red :)
Which one are you using? Let me know in the comments below.
In the meantime ...
... Stay Safe Ninjas And Happy DIYing :)