When "Star Shower" laser lights started showing up a couple of years ago, I thought they were pretty cool looking.

After some time, I've seen enough that has kind of made me change my thinking.

I mean, it gives hope to those who don't have the time or know-how in order to hand lights during the holidays. I'm not wagging a finger, I can't hang lights either.

Tackiness aside, if you live within 10 nautical miles (11 actual miles) of an airport there's one reason to be very careful with a "Star Shower." Namely, the lasers in a "Star Shower" pointed skyward could potentially blind a pilot.

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Considering all of Rockford is within 10 nautical miles of the Chicago Rockford International Airport you should be aware that the makers of the "Star Shower" said via The Consumerist:

Lasers should not be projected at or within the flight path of an aircraft within 10 nautical miles of an airport. If your intended surface is within 10 nautical miles of an airport, lower the angle of the Star Shower so that no lasers point into the sky.”

While there haven't been any reports of "Star Shower" blinding incidents recently in Rockford, be mindful of your set up. A strong gust of wind can throw the whole light show out of whack and in turn, inadvertently point the lasers in a position that could be blinding for someone flying an aircraft.

[H/T The Consumerist]