Night Vision Glasses | Night Driving
Contrast glasses for rainy days and night driving
Contrast enhancing driving glasses and some types of safety eyeglasses are often called night vision glasses. While most have a yellow, amber or peach tint, there are also clear driving eyeglasses that reduce glare mainly through polarization.
Yellow driving glasses are very effective during cloudy and rainy conditions as well as dusk. However - you should not use any type of tinted glasses in pure darkness.
Contrast enhancing eyeglass use goes beyond motorsports and driving and the yellow versions are also popular shooting glasses. Peach and amber tint is popular with golfers. Clear, polarized lenses that do not lower light levels (such as those offered by ) are the only type of eyewear that you should use during true night conditions. Viper Driving Glasses with three sets of lenses
Polarized driving glasses are also a good option as fishing glasses since the polarization (without too much tint) lets you see through the surface reflections.
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Exclusive Serengeti Driver and Aviator Glasses
The Serengeti collection offers top-notch glasses with Italian styling suitable for driving and flying. Available in many different styles with or without gradient tints. Most of these are tinted for day driving but the superior style and quality makes me include them. Serengeti Sunglasses have lots and lots of models to choose from.
Night vision eyeglass pros and cons.
Although they are called night vision or night driving glasses, the tinted versions that are most popular should NOT be used during night driving.
Tinted night vision eyewear increase contrast and the downside of this is that headlight coming your way becomes even brighter and can be distracting. On top of this, any coloring of the glass blocks some light and can make it harder to see details during dark conditions.
Things to consider about night vision glasses
Yellow and amber night vision eyewear increases contrast in dull lighting conditions.
Added contrast makes it easier to see roadside details in dull light.
Higher contrast has a positive effect on gauging distance to objects and vehicles..
Night vision glasses do not offer image enhancement like true IR goggles.
Colored eyeglasses are not recommended for night driving.
Contrast enhancing glasses make oncoming headlights brighter.
As a rule of thumb, what is generally called night vision glasses, or driving eyeglasses, should not be used in bright sunlight or during night, but are safe and very effective during cloudy conditions, dusk and dawn.
Check out the pics I took below that show the effect of my yellow biker glasses. The first shows the light conditions, and the second is shot though the yellow glass lens:
High-contrast driving eyeglass demo
Sports eyewear for women by Oakley
Nice pair of sports eyeglasses for women by Oakley with pink tinted high definition glass. Does pink enhance contrast? Yes. Not as effective as yellow or amber but style also matters sometimes. These look awesome!
Just normal sunglasses - made of wood!
Contrast enhancing glasses are great for driving, but less so for the beach and regular use on bright sunny days. that's where a "normal" set of sunshades do the job better. The Woodzee sunglasses are currently my favorite when it comes to style and ingenuity. Made of wood, these shades are ecological, truly unique, and look awesome. Best pair of sunglasses under 100 dollars!
Polarized transition night driving glasses
These Night Driving Glasses with Polarized Transition Glass can really be called night vision glasses because the polarizing effect reduces glare and the clear transition glass has minimal degradation on visibility during total darkness.
The transition glass changes the shading depending upon the light levels and can therefore also be used during daytime.
These may not be the cheapest driving glasses for sale perhaps but they are worth every penny in my book offering anti-glare functionality during night and contrast enhancing features during dusk and cloudy days. I also like the neutral styling of these driving glasses.
Computer gaming eyewear for driving?
It might sound weird but computer glasses (used to enhance contrast and clarity while gaming) do an excellent job as day and night driving glasses.
Made to be worn comfortably for long durations, the Gunnar computer eyewear are stylish and effective.
Night vision glasses for bikers
Although these kinds of glasses are labeled night-driving - they also do a great job as bike glasses during cloudy days - and in rain!