Transition Brown vs Grey

Wondering which color of Transitions lenses is best for you?

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While both colors of transition lenses ultimately accomplish the same thing. There are some differences worth noting between transition brown vs grey.

Most notable in the differences between transition brown vs grey are the contrast, darkness, and color compatibility. If you are looking for better contrast to increase visual acuity for things like golfing and fishing, then transition brown is the color for you. If you are looking for the absolute darkest transition lens possible, you should veer towards transition gray.

Brown vs. Grey Transitions Lenses

Here are the major differences between transition brown vs grey lenses:

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  • Transition gray lenses are slightly darker than transition brown lenses. Which make them best for those looking for the darkest possible transition lenses.
  • Transition brown lenses enhance contrast and visual acuity in the sun. This makes them best for those looking for golfing glasses, fishing glasses, or enhancement glasses.
  • Transition grey lenses do not alter colors. So the colors you see will be true, only darker while wearing transition gray lenses in the sun. Transition brown lenses do make colors appear different because everything is tinted brown. If this will be a problem for you, you should stick with grey.
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  • Many people have no problem choosing transition brown vs grey. This happens, because they simply match the color of the lenses to the frame. We suggest you do the same if you are not concerned with the benefits of the color.
  • Both colors will turn clear when out of the sun. This means there is no difference between transition brown vs grey when indoors or at night.

If you are shopping for Transitions brand lenses, hopefully the above guidelines will help you in your decision.

Photochromic Safety Glasses in Black Yellow Frame with Transition Lenses, Angled to the Side Left - Rx Safety

These are the guidelines we recommend to all our customers. If you are purchasing transition lenses for the first time, there are a few things you should know about them. Transition lenses do not get as dark as typical sunglasses lenses, and they do not darken much behind the windshield of a car. They also get darker in cold weather than in very hot weather.

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You can add transition lenses to any pair of glasses. In other words, prescription safety glasses, safety glasses, sunglasses, eyeglasses and more. Just choose your frame and click ‘Select Lenses’ on the RX Safety website.

At our website, we carry a wide range of transition lenses options. Which means, you can choose between transition grey, transition brown, transitions vantage, transition xtractive, transition drivewear, and more. 

If you have any questions about transition lenses, please give us a call or leave a comment below.

  1. Connie Beverly says:

    which blocks blue light better, grey or brown for transition i have cataract on my right eye.

    • Melissa Richard says:

      Gray tints reduce brightness and glare. Amber/Brown: Amber and brown tints reduce glare and block blue light, brightening vision on cloudy days and increasing contrast and visual acuity, especially against green and blue backgrounds such as grass and sky.

  2. Paula Newell says:

    Is it normal for my gray Transition Xtractive lenses to have one lense that is darker than the other? When they are totally dark they look the same but at other times one lense is darker than the other.

    • Melissa Richard says:

      It may be the angle the sun is hitting your glasses. I notice it sometimes too, specifically if my head is turned more in one direction than other. It should eventually balance itself out.

  3. Simona says:

    My son had iris colobomas, sensitive to sun, whay colour would be best for him? he as well has very high prescription.

    • Melissa Richard says:

      Transition Xtractive is the darkest of the transitions out there at the moment. Grey would provide the darkest color.

  4. James B Hansford says:

    My eyes are very sensitive to glaring sunlight and bright indoor lighting such as the light displays in home improvement stores. Are transitions gray the best choice for me?

    • Melissa Richard says:

      Transition lenses are clear when indoors so it will not provide any type of protection while inside. I would suggest possibly just a light grey tint, but I would also get anti-reflective coating on the lenses. They will help reduce the glare of any light or sunlight.


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