Bring a Laser Pointer to Your Super Bowl Party?

February 7, 2023
By Alpec
beer and chicken wings in front of a game of football on the TV.

The first Super Bowl was in 1967 in Los Angeles, California. This year’s contest, between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Philadelphia Eagles is the 57th version of a game that, for most of us, is more about food and friends than it is about the game being played this year in Glendale, Arizona. After all, only 63,400 people fit in the stadium’s seats while some 99 million people are expected to tune in to watch Super Bowl LVII (that’s 57 if you haven’t yet brushed up on your Roman numerals). If you are planning to go to the game or a watch party, consider these Super Bowl safety tips.

Beer and Lasers Do Not Mix

We know we don’t have to tell you this but pairing drinking and, well, almost everything else, do not mix. Similarly, bringing a laser pointer to a huge stadium is also a bad idea. Instead, make some seven-layer dip (here’s a recipe for inspiration) and bring along some crispy corn chips for dipping. We cannot say we like those black olives on top of the old school versions, though, so we went with something a little more modern.

Safe Laser Pointer Rules for your Party

Laser pointers are used for so many things these days. But using them as toys or pointing them at other humans is never recommended. These applications are considered a misuse of the intent of lasers. But how do you choose a laser that is right for your leisure time? We have a few pointers.

Choose a Class 3 Laser

For visible light lasers, a class 3 laser or 3A laser is the maximum permitted in the USA and Canada. Most laser pointers are class 3. Class 3 laser pointers can also be referred to as class 3R or 3A. Before purchasing a laser pointer, confirm that the class is clearly indicated on the laser’s housing as required by law. For a more in-depth exploration of laser classes, please read our dedicated post on laser classes.

Pick a Color

Laser pointers come in a spectrum of colors that emit energy. That energy is measured in nanometers (nm), or one billionth of a meter. The human eye picks up color in wavelengths between 400 and 700 nm. Laser nerds like the Alpec team like to talk in “true” colors, as in: ‘true green laser is always 532 nm’ or ‘a true red laser is always 635 nm.’ But, most people are not so fussy. Pick up a red laser and it might have an nm of 638. A green laser might be 515 nm. A violet laser might be 405 nm. As long as the number is between 400 and 700 nm, you will see the laser light when it hits an opaque surface. And it will work as intended. Our most popular laser colors, though, are red and green. What will your laser color be?

Go for an All-Purpose Laser

Excellent quality at an unbelievable price is what you are looking for. At Alpec, we are known for our high-quality laser pointers and outstanding customer service.  Our 4000 Spectra Red Pointer and 4001 Spectra Red Pointer are popular for a reason: they are great quality lasers at a great price.

Alpec’s Safe Laser Pointers

Alpec laser pointers can be used safely in all situations when used as intended. All Alpec lasers provide 100% IR filtration, the standard to safely avoid eye damage, plus have approval from the FDA and the Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH). For enhanced safety while using a laser pointer, read our short guide to preventing eye damage.

Lasers are specialty tools– we do not recommend using lasers as toys. We do recommend understanding lasers and how they work so you can use them safely and choose the right laser for your needs. If you must, point the laser at the TV to clarify a point about your favorite player. Or aim it at the white board where you are keeping track of your wagers with your friends on the game. No matter your plans for the Super Bowl, please be safe out there.