What is the duty cycle for a laser? (How long can I run my laser?)

Many people believe that lasers have no specific duty cycle and that you can leave your laser turned on for hours on end. We recommend a fairly simple duty cycle guideline for our range of laser products:

  • Do not leave your laser projector running for more than four hours at a time.
  • After four hours of operation, let your laser cool down for at least 15 minutes before starting to use your laser again.
    • If the ambient temperature is very warm (80+ degrees Fahrenheit) where you are operating your laser, let your laser cool down for more time (30+ minutes) in between cycles.