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Time-saving decoration could cause problems for pilots

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The Star Shower laser light is becoming a growing concern for the FAA. The Star Shower laser light is becoming a growing concern for the FAA.
SPOKANE, Wash. -

A time-saving Christmas decoration could cause problems for pilots. The Star Shower Laser Light projects lights onto your home - an easy decorating option if you don't want to hang traditional lights. However, their increasing popularity has now become a growing concern for the FAA.

You may want to read the instructions carefully before using them because these lights could cost you $11,000 in fines from the FAA. If these point in the sky, it’s similar to people pointing lasers into the cockpit.

The instructions say the Star Shower shouldn’t be projected into or within the flight path of an aircrafts 10 nautical miles (or about 11.5 miles) away from an airport.

People, like Tiffany Smalley, love their new lights.

“I was thinking what a great thing. I'm a single mom. I'm busy. It's something quick and easy that I can put up,” she says.

She also says be responsible with them.

“They're like little laser pointers basically but I think if people use them correctly then they shouldn't have a problem with it.”

Here’s the official statement from a Star Shower spokesperson:

“We always encourage our consumers to read the instructions for the Star Shower Laser Lights included in each package. 

Star Shower Laser Lights operate by taking a single laser beam and diffracting it into thousands of individual laser beams. Each beam emitted by Star Shower is much lower in power than a typical laser pointer. 

Each individual laser beam is 10 times less than the maximum permissible exposure (MPE) allowed by the FAA normal flight zone (NFZ) criteria.

The product is compliant with FDA regulations governing lasers and with Consumer Product Safety standards.

Millions of satisfied customers are enjoying Star Shower Laser Lights for the holidays and we continue to receive wonderful feedback since we have begun selling the product."

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