If you have ever used a laser level, laser tape measure, or certain cutting tools and saws then you have probably experienced trouble finding and seeing the laser beam in certain light conditions. Using a laser outside in daylight or inside in bright office light can make the laser beam disappear from view. Several well known tool manufacturers and suppliers carry laser enhancement glasses as a potential solution to this problem. This article will give you a better idea of what these glasses are, if they work, and if they deserve a spot in your toolbox.
What Are Laser Enhancement Glasses?
Laser enhancement glasses are generally made of colored plastic that matches the color of the laser you would like to see. They look like colored safety glasses, but be aware that they are not safety glasses. When wearing laser enhancement glasses, take the same precautions as if you were not wearing them. Red glasses are used to see red lasers, green glasses are used to see green lasers, and so on. Some brands of laser enhancement glasses are tinted gray, black or brown. If this is the case, check the product description for the laser color that the glasses enhance.
How Do Laser Enhancement Glasses Work?
No matter their color, laser enhancement glasses work by reducing or eliminating light other than the color they are designed to make more visible. They do not brighten the laser, but by reducing or removing other light waves from the vision of the wearer, the laser appears brighter. Keep in mind, while wearing these glasses you may not be able to clearly see other features in your surroundings. Some of these kinds of glasses are easily adjustable so that they fit close to the face to ensure a greater reduction in ambient light. These glasses not only improve the ability to see a laser beam in bright light, they also make it easier to see a laser beam from a greater distance than if no glasses are worn.
Do Laser Enhancement Glasses Work?
There are many brands, models and colors of laser enhancement glasses for sale online from stores like Amazon.com and JohnsonLevel.com, as well as at your local, community hardware store.
Dewalt sells a red laser enhancement model of glasses (See them on Amazon) that has been reviewed by over 200 customers. One reviewer noted, “Not only do these glasses work, they are comfortable, cool and sturdy. I was impressed at how they enhance the red-laser beam in daylight.” Jerry Bon
Bosch sells a comparable red laser enhancement product (Bosch Glasses on Amazon) that has also been reviewed by several customers on Amazon.com.
Laser enhancement glasses can be a useful tool in certain lighting conditions to make spotting lasers easier. They are an inexpensive addition to your tool box that may help you get your job done easier and faster. They are readily available from several reputable tool manufacturers and hardware supply stores. Check the product description and reviews to help you decide if laser enhancement glasses are right for you.