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Sunglass Lens Color Guide


Ever wondered what the differences are in the sunglass lens color guide? And more importantly, what the effect of those different lens colors can be? In this article we explain everything about the sunglass lens color guide. Whether it's grey lens color, amber or hazel lens color. Every color has specific benefits.

Lens colors sunglasses

There might be more to the color of the lenses in your sunglasses than you think. Certainly beyond creating a fashion statement, or trying to make Tony Stark’s look work on you (I tried, I failed). In the alternative medicine practice of chromatherapy, the idea of color as a therapeutic instrument, and essentially using light as a healing-source is central to balancing a person’s energy.  Whether this is on a physical, mental or emotional level.

sunglass lens color guide

Most of us are familiar with light therapy and UV lamps as a treatment for seasonal depression, insomnia, and fatigue. We’ve all experienced those dark, dreary winter days, where the evening comes far too early, sometimes settling in as early as 4pm. Or even just all day if you’re somewhere in the Arctic circle. We know that during those times, energy levels can be low, with motivation and mood even lower,  as our circadian rhythm, the body’s natural body clock, can be messed up by less solar exposure. Light, especially that which mimics the sun, restores these levels to what they should really be.

Lens colors of sunglasses explained

Why the World Looks Better Through Rose-Tinted Glasses  (or Blue, or Amber or Yellow…)

From lens color blue to lens color hazel

But it’s not just the light that helps. The psychology of color can effect our mood too. You see this everywhere in society today: calming, dim blues used in swimming pools and spas, striking reds to make your football team seem bold and courageous, as well as the avocado-greens that color my parents’ bathroom (scientists are still trying to figure out the reason behind this seventies phenomenon).

Lens colors and lens filter

It is clear that our perception of the world around us is affected by its colors, and this extends to the lens colors and lens filters in our glasses too. In this article we will look at the practical advantages of using some colors of others, as well as delving into the more emotive influences colors can have on a person.

Different sunglass lens color guide:

Yellow lens sunglasses

Out of the all the colored lenses available, yellow is perhaps one used widest outside of the typical dark polarized lens of most sunglasses. From a practical standpoint it blocks blue light best, together with the lens color Hazel.

Blue light blocking glasses

When you’re staring at your monitor all day or TV screen all night, you might find that not only do your eyes feel drier than usual, but you have more difficulty getting to sleep. This is a consequence of the blue light emitted by those screens - yellow lenses however block this light and ensure your eyes are less dry and you should be able to sleep better. 

Yellow lenses  as blue light filter

This can also be helpful if you are used to not putting your phone down literally until you sleep, since yellow colored lenses deal with that source of blue light also. When it comes to the chromatherapy-related benefits, the effects this color can have on your mood is that of enhancing your mood positively, and fostering intellectual and creative thoughts.

Amber lenses

Amber is a great middle-ground colored lens. It’s probably better than yellow lenses in sunnier conditions, and is also great at enhancing contrast and improving visual acuity (hence why they and yellow lenses are so popular as shooting-glasses).  It’s a pretty all-around lens color, and an excellent choice if you’re out riding your bike in sunny light. Whilst they improve depth perception, they also block blue-light excellently too. Some also attribute good night's sleep to amber colored lenses. And many people use them for fishing too.

Green lenses

This is a popular choice with snowboarders and dirtbikers on overcast days. Green is the colored lens of choice for night vision goggles, since your eye is able to distinguish differing shapes better through this color. When it’s sunnier outside, it is possible that green produces a washout effect so it might be better to choose an alternative color.

Rose colored glasses

Well we all know about rose-tinted spectacles. Viewing the world through a red spectrum, the same reason it’s such a popular choice with sports teams is that it seemingly increases physical energy, vitality, stamina and passion, whilst grounding spontaneity (if that’s an issue with you).

Grey lenses

These are very popular with skiers on sunny days at the top of the slopes. Their polarity effect reduces glare whilst ensuring the glint of the snow doesn’t distract you from your ski-run. Whilst many people assume that it’s better to have the darkest colored lenses possible for scenarios like this, grey lenses ensure you are still able to make out the details of the ski-run, whilst still having protection from the sun-glare.

Blue lenses

Blue lenses are becoming more and more popular. This light is well-associated with spa rooms and massage centers, since it very much instills a sense of inner-calm. With all that we’ve said about blue light, the science doesn’t quite make sense, however, put on some blue lenses and you will find this as one of the easiest colors on the eyes, increasing calmness, peace and inner-tranquility.


In summary, the colors through which one can see the world through can provide many additional benefits. It can help reduce the intensity of the brain’s sensory overload, and calm certain issues such as ADHD, anxiety, depression and migraines. Now admittedly the science side of color therapy is still being researched - some of the reasoning behind chromotherapy is often made in relation to the body’s seven chakras, so you’ll have to decide for yourself whether this is something you can get behind. Make of it what you will - whilst science can’t prove it works, it still isn’t disproving it either.

Color therapy lenses?

Regardless, trying on sunglasses with a tint that brightens the scene in front of you certainly has a positive effect for most people. There are other benefits of colored lenses that do have scientific proof however. Benefits such as the brain and retinas being less susceptible to blue light emitted from computer screens and monitors, or ones that suit particular situations better such as particularly sunny days, or scenarios that need distinct contrast. So, whilst you might have a natural preference for a particular colored lens over another, there are differences between them that might make you want to decide and choose how one might work better for you.

Color lens choices

Here at BEINGBAR we want to make sure you make the most of your life and maximize your potential, and with the above in mind we have an abidance of colored lens choices for you to choose from. So whether you’re looking to tackle that blue light, or instill some additional inner calm, we’ve got the lenses and the glasses for you.

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