Laser Lite Ear Plugs Review
The Laser Lite plugs from Howard Leight are psychedelic squishy anti-noise cushions for your ears. They are one of the more popular ear plugs on the market and are used in a wide range of industries.
Howard Leight Laser Lite ear plugs - the basics
Price: £0.10 (For example, when bought in packs of 200)
Features: Can be corded or uncorded, low-pressure foam, disposable.
Manufacturer: Honeywell Howard Leight Laser Lite ear plugs
Howard Leight Laser Lite ear plugs - packaging information
The individual packs have the SNR nice and clearly displayed on the front, as do the boxes for dispenser-refills.
My only problem with Howard Leight was getting hold of the APV data for the hearing protector performance data page of this site as their website keeps defaulting back to the American one and then quoting NRR information which is of no use over here. But that niggle aside, the necessary SNR performance data is clearly displayed on all the packaging.
Howard Leight Laser Lite ear plugs - performance
35dB of noise attenuation puts these at the higher end of the performance scale for an ear plug and up alongside others such as the Moldex Spark Plugs or the E-A-R Classics. This 35dB is reliant on the plugs being fitted properly which isn’t always all that easy with these though (see below).
Howard Leight Laser Lite ear plugs for musicians
A difference of 3dB between the lower and higher frequencies is pretty small meaning only a low distorting effect on music. There are others with a range of only 1 or 2dB, but 3 is pretty good, so if someone who is in a band or orchestra and playing loud music, or regularly listening to loud music at gigs, etc., finds these comfortable then they will do the job nicely.
Howard Leight Laser Lite ear plugs - price and value
At 10p a pair, and cheaper if you buy in bulk of say 500 pairs at once, they are certainly cheap. They are sold as disposable but I have used mine for three days on the trot, just making sure to keep them very clean between used by taking them out and putting them back in their little plastic bag until I needed them again. That gets it down to about 3p a day which you can’t argue against really.
Howard Leight Laser Lite ear plugs - fit and comfort
There is definitely a difference between ‘fit’ and ‘comfort’ here. In reverse order:
Comfort: Absolutely fine. No issues at all and the soft foam makes them very comfortable to wear with no pain at all, unlike some of the harder foams used in lesser branded plugs (such as B Brand or the no-name plugs sold on Amazon, etc.). No irritation of the ear canal and completely pain-free and irritation-free.
Fit: Here they are less good. I have been wearing hearing protection for 20 odd years now and my problem with these is that the foam is so soft I have real trouble getting the plugs in. I roll them, lift the ear with one hand and pop the plug in with the other, but almost every time the plug folds or creases part-way down so it doesn’t go in properly. After several goes it eventually slides in, but because they probably weren’t completely in I’ve then had more occasions of these working themselves out again than I have with some other plugs. I don’t have this problem with the Moldex Spark Plugs or E-A-R Classics which are also comfortable, but slightly firmer and go in just that little bit better.
Howard Leight Laser Lite ear plugs for motorbikes
They would be good and if you can get a good fit with them, then go ahead and the pressure of the helmet wouldn’t cause any problems at all. My only reluctance is due to my own experience of them creasing as I put them in and them then slowly working loose again and if they do that under the helmet on a motorway it’s going to get very irritating. But, if you try them and get a good fit then they would be good for motorcyclists.
Howard Leight Laser Lite ear plugs - summary
✔︎ Cheap and good value
✔︎ Strong protection
✔︎ Pain-free and discomfort-free
✘ Slightly more issues getting them in than some other plugs
✔︎ Motorcyclists and musicians? Yes.
✔︎ Wearing for sleeping around noise? Yes.
Aside from that one niggle about them creasing as I put them in, no problems at all and a good plug.