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Night Stars 2016 Press Release

December 28, 2016

In 2010, Lou Lentine’s father was hanging Christmas lights in a tree and fell when the ladder toppled beneath him. Luckily, his dad had no broken bones, but only scrapes and scratches all over his body. The next year, Lou’s wife insisted he stop climbing on his home's roof, but hire professionals to hang the lights.  When presented with a bill for over $2,000, Lentine knew, as an inventor, that there must be a better way and he set out to change the way people decorated for the holiday season.

Now, with Christmas getting closer, people everywhere are scrambling to make sure they are prepared for the holiday season. Decorations are hung, treats are baked, and presents are wrapped…

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For Christmas Thrills Without The Spills, More Decorators Turn To Lasers

For Christmas Thrills Without The Spills, More Decorators Turn To Lasers

December 27, 2016

Not everyone can be as nimble as Saint Nick traversing wintery rooftops.

That was made apparent to Lou Lentine in 2011. His father was setting up Christmas lights when a ladder slipped out from beneath his feet. "His whole entire side was scratched up," Lentine says.

Thousands of people get hurt this way in the winter. In the last two months of 2015, 14,000 Americans ended up in the emergency room with decoration-related injuries, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission. And those numbers don't take into account cases like Lentine's father, who refused to go to the hospital.

Lentine himself spent a few years paying professionals to decorate his home. But Lentine is an inventor — president of a company called Viatek that develops a wide variety of consumer products. And a few of his past creations used lights. So Lentine decided to come up with his own decoration solution.

His idea was to use a laser instead of bulbs to decorate homes. A lens would split the laser so one point could become thousands, instantly decorating the entire surface of a house. The new device had to be able to keep warm in winter weather while also not overheating from the laser...

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