A Guide to Laser Level
What is a Laser Level?
A laser level is a control tool used in surveying and construction. A laser beam projector can be fixed to a tripod which is then leveled according to the accuracy of the device. The device will project a fixed green or red beam along the horizontal or vertical axis.
What are laser levels used for?
Indoor Applications of Laser Levels
- Align and plumb your walls
- Leveling floors
- Attach your laser to a wall or ceiling mount for easy drop ceiling installation
- Easily check door or window heights
- Align shelves, cabinets and trim
- Use a tripod for easy installation and alignment of wainscoting, chair rails, etc
Outdoor Applications of Laser Levels
- Any type of basic surveys
- Lasers easily level and align posts, decks, fences and porches
- Masonry alignment
- Site layout
- Lasers with a slope capability can set grade for proper drainage and irrigation
- Contour farming or drainage
How Does a Laser Level Work?
There are different types of laser levels here at Deko, we specialise in rotary 360-degree self-levelling lasers (in green and red beam), multi-line lasers, cross-line lasers for the building, measuring and construction. We’ll talk here about the three types of leveling mechanisms used in self-levelling lasers. Firstly wire suspended compensators; secondly, pendulum mechanisms using a gimbal and thirdly electronic self-levelling.
Factors To Consider When Choosing The Right Laser Level
So, what laser level is right for you? Here are some things to consider:
Laser levels are more accurate than other tools such as the torpedo levels.
Manual VS Auto
Auto lasers, also known as self leveling lasers, essentially does most of it for you. Once it starts up it will eventually give you a true level line. It will also stop if disturbed, meaning you won’t get any inaccuracies. Manual lasers aren’t less accurate than auto lasers if they are set up properly. However, unlike auto lasers, if they are disturbed they will carry on running which is why they are better suited to smaller projects.
Green Beam VS Red Beam
Green beam lasers are easier to see because they appear much brighter. But the green laser option has historically been about 25% more expensive than its red counterpart. Another downside is that green lasers are more energy-consuming. Because they have a higher output, battery life is depleted within a shorter time span. Therefore they are only used for large-scale, indoor projects where the line needs to be seen instead of using a laser level detector.
Indoor or Outdoor Usage
Are you using your level for indoor or outdoor projects? There are different types of laser levels that could be better suited for it's intended use.
Types of Laser Level
In order to assist with your decision making, we have put together this guide to the types of laser level that are , as well as a few of their potential uses. This should help you to narrow down the list of levels that will enable you to complete the job swiftly and accurately.
A rotary laser sends out a 360-degree spinning laser beam creating a highly accurate "chalk line" or leveling line from which to work. This is very useful for a wide range of jobs including tiling, aligning and plumbing a wall, leveling floors, aligning kitchen units, any type of basic survey work, site layout, calculating grades and much more. The most beneficial way to set up the level will be using a tripod, so it is essential that you purchase a set or buy one separately. It is ideal to purchase a self-leveling laser as you won’t need to calibrate the measurement – allowing you to get much more accurate measurements. Once this is complete you can begin measuring by pointing the laser where you need it to be.
Line Laser Levels
Line lasers allow the user to establish a horizontal or vertical plane by projecting a beam, or line, of light usually around 180 degrees horizontally and vertically. However, there are some line laser levels that can project a beam 360 degrees. This device is particularly useful for anything needing horizontal or vertical leveling. To use a line laser, you will need to set it up on the flattest surface available – tripods are the best way of achieving this. You can then make sure the laser is level, either manually or automatically, depending on whether you have a self leveling laser or not. The measuring and marking process can then begin and once you have your level line you can use it for reference.
These lasers produce single or multiple dots of reference on the wall or work surface. They work much like a reference point, or a laser plumb bob.
Our advice to any prospective buyer is firstly decide what jobs you need the level to do. Then, by using our buyers guide, identify the type that would suit you best. Most importantly, determine your budget. Once you have your type of laser settled after deliberation, please check these lasers recommended for you.