Hundreds of years ago, colored glasses were already used in sunglasses. For example, Emperor Nero used an emerald to watch gladiator fights. Colored lenses nowadays complete your look, and they also have a working function. They reduce glare and improve both contrast and depth perception. The different lens colors filter the light in different ways. Therefore, choose the color of your lenses based on your lifestyle, the weather, and the activities you perform. Below we explain the effect of the different lens colors:
Stylish colored glasses
Blue glasses lower the contrast and filter sharp light. Besides, the lenses reduce glare in blurred sunlight and improve color perception. So if you can't stand bright light, sunglasses with blue lenses are a perfect choice. Blue glasses are suitable for activities such as water sports, golf, and skiing. With cloud cover and rainy weather, sunglasses with blue lenses are recommended!
Yellow / orange lenses
Yellow and orange lenses improve contrast and depth perception. This color also helps filter out bright blue light from digital devices, such as smartphones and navigation systems. Yellow lenses are suitable for wearing all day and evening and suitable for activities like skiing, mountain biking, and driving. Yellow lenses provide better vision during fog and haze.
Pink / red glasses
Pink and red lenses reduce eye fatigue. The color reduces glare. Sunglasses with red and pink lenses are recommended for a cloudy day, as they improve visibility and contrast. Suitable activities are driving, cycling, and relaxation during a festival, for example.
Functionele gekleurde glazen
Green lenses improve contrast and detail, even when the light is dim. This color is suitable if you are farsighted. Green lenses also ensure less tired eyes. These lenses reduce glare and shadows. Activities that are suitable for green lenses are tennis and outdoor activities. This lens color is suitable for any weather type.
Gray is the darkest option in terms of color. This color reduces the intensity of the sunlight and ensures a natural perception. Sunglasses with gray lenses are recommended when you drive, cycle, or play golf during the day. Sunglasses are also important when you are sunbathing, as the gray lenses allow the least amount of visible light to pass through. Gray lens color is suitable for any weather type.
Brown lenses enhance contrast and depth perception. If you are nearsighted then the color brown is the right color for you. Brown glasses block blue light. As a result, the lenses increase the difference between an object and a green background. Do you want sunglasses for everyday use? Then sunglasses with brown lenses are recommended. The color is suitable for driving, fishing, and golf. The lens color is suitable for any weather type.
UV protection and light transmission
Each lens color has its own quality, but the color of the glasses does not say anything about the UV protection. So it is not the case that darker lenses are better than light ones. You can recognize good sunglasses by (a sticker with) the indication "CE-100% UV" or "CE-UV400" on one of the lenses.
What is a CE mark?
The CE certification indicates whether the UV filters comply with European standards. It indicates the light transmittance of the lenses. This way you can see how much light the glasses let through and to what extent the sunglasses protect your eyes against reflections from sunlight. Sunglasses are classified into these five protection categories:
Category 0: has a light transmission of 80 to 100%. The lenses are often transparent or have a light color tone. Category 0s offer little sun protection and are often designed to protect your eyes from wind, dirt and dust.
Category 1: has a light transmission of 43 to 80%. These category 1 lenses are usually yellow or orange and are suitable for cloudy days, days with weak solar radiation or as protection against wind or dust.
Category 2: has a light transmission of 18 to 43%. Category 2 lenses are slightly lighter than normal making them perfect for days with moderate sunlight.
Category 3: has a light transmission of 8 to 18%. The sunglasses with a category 3 light filter are suitable for bright and sunny days with bright sunlight. Category 3 is the most common light filter among sunglasses. They are perfect for the city, on the beach or while driving.
Category 4: has a light transmission of 3-8%. Sunglasses with this type of light filter are only suitable for environments such as high mountains, deserts and glaciers. Sunglasses with category 4 are prohibited in traffic. These are marked with the symbol of a crossed-out car.
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