Why Are Green Laser Levels More Expensive than Red?


    In case you didn’t notice as you browse our laser level recommendations, the green lasers are more expensive than the red ones. Up to 20% more in most cases. But why are green laser levels more expensive? 

    Let’s take a closer look.

    It wasn’t long ago when red laser levels ruled the roost.  It didn’t matter what you were doing; home DIY, construction, electrical work, HVAC and more.  The red laser was the be all of the laser measuring world.

    Green laser level or Red?

    Now, more and more people are switching or choosing green laser levels.  First things first, though: Accuracy is a NON-FACTOR here.  There is NO difference in accuracy potential or red or green.

    Battery Life and Power

    Green laser levels are somewhat easier to see in daylight than their red counterparts.  Even then, though, only marginally.

    Green lasers DO boast better visibility and even more range BUT that also means that they eat through batteries like Cookie Monster through a Keebler cache!

    And what happens when the battery drains quickly? You got it!  Those “easier to see beams” start to weaken and make it difficult to spot in the daytime.

    This is a push.


    Green beam levels are SUPERIOR for doing jobs that are under ambient light.  Think pavement, drywall, plumbing, and construction.

    The green diode puts out greater power and makes the beam more visible even in light. It seems to have a sharper, crisper line and point.

    Laser wavelength and power determine it’s visibility.

    As long as your batteries stay strong, the closer the wavelength is to 555nm than the easier to see.  Green lasers sit at between 560nm to 520nm. This makes them 4 TIMES brighter than traditional red.

    What is do nm and mW mean in Lasers?

    The “nm” stand for nanometer which is a measure of length.  For lasers, mW describes the power of the laser.  nM refers to the wavelength of the laser.  Some wavelengths are difficult or impossible to see to the naked eye.  This makes green lasers superior.

    Visibility still depends on:

    • Ambient light
    • Surface type
    • Battery charge

    visible laser light spectrum


    This is sort of variable depending on not only the quality of the laser level but also factors such as refraction, polarization, scattering, reflection, dispersion, and wavelength.

    However, in my opinion as a layman, I can pretty much conclude and tell you that green lasers are easier to view from a longer range than red.

    Indoors, red lasers will typically have a range of 20 to 30 feet while a green laser can reach 50 to 60 feet.  (DeWalt)

    But there’s a hack you can use to make your red laser reach as far and work as well for you as a green laser level: Laser Detectors.

    And…getting a laser detector for your red laser level will be less expensive than just buying a green laser.

    When it comes to outdoors, the green laser level is an easy winner at up to 60ft or beyond visibility.


    Finally, the big question:  What’s the difference in price?  Well, I’ll tell you, I’ve never met a green laser level of a certain quality that is cheaper than a red one of the same quality.

    The average cost increase for green over red laser levels is about 20% more.  Why? It’s just more expensive in regards to parts for green lasers.

    Bottom Line:  Green Lasers are Better BUT more Expensive than Red Lasers.

    Which color laser level you choose is going to be based upon your certain situation.  I hope we’ve helped you figure out why green laser levels are more expensive than the red ones.

    If you’re mostly working in smaller, inside spaces or if budget is a concern then you’ll want to opt for red laser levels over the green.


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    Howze it? I'm Raf. Been living and working construction in Hawaii for about 10 years. Just recently started doing some handy man work around my neighborhood and then got the itch to review equipment that makes my life easier and hopefully yours too.


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