Will My Amber Lenses Work For Blocking Blue Light ?

So after listening to one of Dave's recent podcasts and learning about the Uvex amber-lens glasses , I thought about ordering them from Amazon . but first on a 'hunch' I  checked my old sunglass stash in the basement to make sure I didn't already have something similar that might work...and bingo !  I found not one but two different pairs of sunglasses with orange/amber lenses.    Obviously I'd love to be able to use one of these pair to wear after sunset to hopefully improve my sleep.  The first pair is made by Wiley X and the lens is officially called 'light rust' and is polarized.  They don't appear quite as dark-orangey color as the Uvex did on Amazon, but more of a lighter-orange.  Definitely a high-quality lens (optically speaking).  The second pair I found was padded riding glasses made or distributed by Harley Davidson.  I don't think they are polarized but the lens is definitely darker (more of an amber) than the Wiley 'light-rust' lenses.  Both pair are quite comfortable to wear and the padding on the HD riding glasses actually help block out more light from entering around the edges (but the Wileys are also pretty 'fitting' too, just not quite as much as the HD's). 


    


So....my question is, how do I know which pair would work better (if at all) at blocking blue light ?     Do only polarized lenses do this ?   Is there a particular 'test' I should perform tonight to evaluate the two pair ?    I usually like to spend a couple hours after sunset (if I'm inside at home) watching tv and/or iPad/smartphone.


 


Thanx much for any advice and feedback !


 


 


 


 


Comments

  • RodRod The Rodfather

    Look at anything with blue light, LED is the best, can you see any hint of blue? With the Uvex you can't see ANY blue light. 


    Everything I learned about "biohacking" has been baby steps to "circadian biology", that's where the real biohacking comes in. You can buy a bunch of cool shit to "hack" but if you don't have context, you're not winning. Paleo is just a brand now and too many have opinions, it's on you to read and reread the material to not only find truth but to connect the dots. Much love to everyone who has helped me on my journey for restoring my health, please keep in touch. Feel free to message me with health questions Consultwithrod@live.com 

  • MaverickAzzMaverickAzz Powerful

    The ON switch for my kettle is clear plastic with a blue LED in it. Flick it on and it lights up the whole switch as blue. 


     


    I noticed when I was first wearing my Uvex that I kept trying to turn the kettle on, as I thought the switch was broken! I couldn't see the blue light, I took the glasses off in frustration, thinking the kettle was broken... but there was the blue light shining!


     

    That's when I knew for sure that all blue light was getting blocked. 


    No sorcery, just science. 

  • StevoStevo Upgrade in Progress

    I second the guys above, and also, just try them one night - see how your sleep goes. Its not so much about "are the glasses perfect" but "do they improve your sleep"


  • RodRod The Rodfather


    The ON switch for my kettle is clear plastic with a blue LED in it. Flick it on and it lights up the whole switch as blue. 


     


    I noticed when I was first wearing my Uvex that I kept trying to turn the kettle on, as I thought the switch was broken! I couldn't see the blue light, I took the glasses off in frustration, thinking the kettle was broken... but there was the blue light shining!


     

    That's when I knew for sure that all blue light was getting blocked. 




     


    I did the same thing with the ice dispenser's led indicator...lol

    Everything I learned about "biohacking" has been baby steps to "circadian biology", that's where the real biohacking comes in. You can buy a bunch of cool shit to "hack" but if you don't have context, you're not winning. Paleo is just a brand now and too many have opinions, it's on you to read and reread the material to not only find truth but to connect the dots. Much love to everyone who has helped me on my journey for restoring my health, please keep in touch. Feel free to message me with health questions Consultwithrod@live.com 

  • StevoStevo Upgrade in Progress

    I knew mine worked while I was watching Avatar porn and I couldn't see anyone ;-)


  • MaverickAzzMaverickAzz Powerful

    Did you still jerk off?


    No sorcery, just science. 

  • StevoStevo Upgrade in Progress

    I couldn't tell whether the sleepiness was from that or the glasses.


  • oakley also make a lens made from a patent they devised called "plutonite", which guarantees to block out 100% UV rays. Only thing is they scratch easily and are designed for outdoors, so i'm not sure if they are easy to use in front of a computer or LCD tv, meaning the lens itself may be too dark. I am keen to try them out though. I use the UVEX ones right now and they are great, though I am not sure if they actually block out 100% of UV light, they are a great buy at around $20




  • The ON switch for my kettle is clear plastic with a blue LED in it. Flick it on and it lights up the whole switch as blue. 


     


    I noticed when I was first wearing my Uvex that I kept trying to turn the kettle on, as I thought the switch was broken! I couldn't see the blue light, I took the glasses off in frustration, thinking the kettle was broken... but there was the blue light shining!


     

    That's when I knew for sure that all blue light was getting blocked. 




     


    well i did this same sort of 'test' last night with my 2 pair of orange-lens sunglasses that i found in my basement 'stash' a couple days ago...in my house there are 3 different blue led lights (cable box , air cleaner, etc) ... the bad news is that with both pair of sunglasses, i could see all 3 blue led lights no problem !    so i guess now i'm gonna have to order the Uvex because from what i've read throughout the forums here (including MaverickAzz's experience) they definitely work !  

  • RodRod The Rodfather


    oakley also make a lens made from a patent they devised called "plutonite", which guarantees to block out 100% UV rays. Only thing is they scratch easily and are designed for outdoors, so i'm not sure if they are easy to use in front of a computer or LCD tv, meaning the lens itself may be too dark. I am keen to try them out though. I use the UVEX ones right now and they are great, though I am not sure if they actually block out 100% of UV light, they are a great buy at around $20




     


    Uvex blocks out 100% of blue light, I'm not sure about UV light but I'm not concerned because I wear them at night. You want to wear them during the day? 

    Everything I learned about "biohacking" has been baby steps to "circadian biology", that's where the real biohacking comes in. You can buy a bunch of cool shit to "hack" but if you don't have context, you're not winning. Paleo is just a brand now and too many have opinions, it's on you to read and reread the material to not only find truth but to connect the dots. Much love to everyone who has helped me on my journey for restoring my health, please keep in touch. Feel free to message me with health questions Consultwithrod@live.com 

  • MaverickAzzMaverickAzz Powerful


    well i did this same sort of 'test' last night with my 2 pair of orange-lens sunglasses that i found in my basement 'stash' a couple days ago...in my house there are 3 different blue led lights (cable box , air cleaner, etc) ... the bad news is that with both pair of sunglasses, i could see all 3 blue led lights no problem !    so i guess now i'm gonna have to order the Uvex because from what i've read throughout the forums here (including MaverickAzz's experience) they definitely work !  




     


    One word of warning: Take them off after you turn the lights off. Your eyes will be over-correcting and 'trying' to see blue. If you take them off with the lights still on, everything will look blue. Not what we want ;)

    No sorcery, just science. 

  • StevoStevo Upgrade in Progress

    ^ completely agree. Also, if you get up in the night to pee or anything, make sure you put them on while your lights are on.


  • Anyone have any thoughts as to why this guy sells blue blockers for so much more money? 


    https://www.lowbluelights.com/products.asp?cid=15


    Besides the obvious...wanting to make more money.  Is there something he knows that most don't?  I was hoping cheap Uvex glasses would be good enough for blocking blue light.


  • edited June 2014

    To make sure if your lenses block the blue light effectively, you can use the spectrometer to test. Check out this video below to see how the yellow lenses filter the blue-light:


     


    http://www.youtube.com/embed/nmUebEu3GzE


  • Compare the two images attached to determine if blue light is filtered.


  • Where do you buy these spectrometers that Tossnara used?


    HAs anyone tried thes on commonly sold orange lights that can be bought from major companies?


  • There are three ways you can know which blue light filter will work for you, particularly if your blue light associated condition (be it eye strain, insomnia, migraines, light sensitivity, etc...) is more severe:

    1. GLARminY Tester (8 different filters and a mapping to most similar commercially available filters)
    2. order/buy, test & keep or return
    3. find a local eye doctor or low vision agency with lots of blue blocking tints and see what works
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