06 Sep

Picking The Right Shades

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An important decision when buying sunglasses is choosing the right lens color. There is a lot of information out there about this but it’s worth going over the guidelines. Choosing the right lens color is especially important when your application is sports.

For general purpose, gray is the most popular. Gray lenses do not change the color of what you see, and gray is light enough to use in low light and dark enough to protect against UV and IR radiation. Green colored lenses work like gray and are a good general purpose. Ray-Ban is famous for dark and green tinted lenses.

Brown hues improve both contrast and depth perception and range in shades from dark to amber to yellow. Serengeti uses amber for its drivers lenses. Amber is also good for golfing glasses because it brings out the contours of the green. Our Guide To Golf Sunglasses has more information and links to sun glasses we recommend.

The brightness of yellow colored lenses makes them excellent for low light or overcast conditions. Yellow provides excellent depth perception and is used for sports such as cycling, skiing and shooting. Rose colored glasses work like yellow by adding brightness and enhancing contrast. Rose is also very soothing to the eyes. Yellow or rose colored lenses are often the choice for Ski Goggles because they brighten the view when it’s snowing and help you see the contours and ice on a slope.

Blue-tinted lenses enhance contrast and reduce glare, and this makes them a smash on the tennis court! Our Tennis Sunglass Guide has information and links.

Keep this simple palette in mind and you’ll see more of what you want.

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