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Eyewear Eye Protection Glasses for
Glassworkers, Lampworkers, Beadmakers

We offer the highest quality filtered glass lenses designed for the glass worker. You no longer have to pay those high prices for frames from that other company. Most all of the filtering lenses available anywhere comes from the same factory in Germany. So the only difference between where you buy your glasses is: the style of the frame and how much you pay. We also sell many didymium glasses to Blacksmiths.

Chart to compare the Differences of ANSI Welding Shades

Shade Number Max % Normal % Minimum % Maximum Far UV Ave Transmittance Maximum IR Ave Transmittance
Clear 100 -- 85 -- --
1.7 67 61.5 55 0.1 25
2.0 55 50.1 43 0.1 20
2.5 29 22.8 18 0.1 15
3.0 18 13.9 8.5 0.07 9
4.0 8.5 5.18 3.15 0.04 5
5.0 3.15 1.93 1.18 0.02 2.5

Four Basic Types of Glasses
  lampwork-glassblowing-eye-protection-glasses lampwork-eye-protection-glasses 921B Boroscope Lens Rec Specs MAXX Silver Frame Glasses
Rose Didymium
We and no one carries anymore, there are a lot better glasses out here.
Enhanced Didymium
More of the Didymium (we carry 202ACE) standard glass workers glasses, blocks bright yellow flare, but not much UV and no IR. Not sure how much protection you require? Click Here to see a NIOSH report.  Read Discussion and Conclusion and Recommendations at bottom of report.
A Shade 2, 3 or 5 Lens
Blocks UV and IR, but not the filtering of the bright yellow flare found in didymium, you may still need didymium - three ways to add this UV and IR protection to your didymium glasses
1) Clip on - see the above picture.
2) FITOVER - large frames fit over other glasses.
3) Or use the
Green ACE IR pictured to the right, it does it all in one pair of glasses.
What's the difference between Shade 2, 3 or 5? See the above chart of the differences. You will notice minimal difference in UV and IR protection between shades but a whole lot of reduced visibility as the shade darkens.
Green ACE IR
Formally Boroscopes - now replaced by the better Green ACE IR. These glasses does it all, blocks yellow flare, UV and IR. See below this box for more info about Green ACE IR
Also available in split lens
811s3 Microlight Split Lens Top 1/3 Enhanced Didymium, Bottom 2/3 Shade 3 Boroscope Glasses
Enhanced Didymium (202ACE) on top for better viewing and
Green ACE IR on bottom for more protection.
What's the difference between ANSI Shade 3 or 5? See the above chart of the differences. You will notice minimal difference in UV and IR protection between shades but a whole lot of reduced visibility as the shade darkens. In other words - do you want to give up a lot of your visibility for just a little more protection? This is a decision you need to make.

To help you decide on the level of safety you require Click Here to go to the government NIOSH report.
More about Green ACE IR formally Boroscopes
Green ACE IR are designed to meet the need for the extra UV and IR protection needed when working on borosilicate glass. Green ACE IR are specially formulated glass filter lenses that the manufacture exclusively owns. These lenses have been developed for the lampworking and glassblowing markets. This revolutionary product is greatly lighter than conventional laminated products and comes in a full coverage lens which is a higher quality design because there are no areas without shading. Green ACE IR should be worn when working on hard glass types where regular didymium lenses are not adequate due to the fact of insufficient filtration of ultra violet and infrared absorption.
Liability Disclaimer:
We are not optometrists and can only make suggestions concerning eye protection. There are many types of eye protection available. The manufacture and Sundance Art Glass does not accept any liability concerning eye damage arising from the use, misuse, or non-use of any eyewear products we sell. We can only recommend the highest level of protection.

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