Last year I was introduced to my first pair of prescription glasses with Transitions lenses, the adaptive lenses that can magically turn from clear to dark and back according to the lighting condition, more specifically, the presence of UV lights.
I really liked the lenses, it is really a pair of glasses you can take anywhere and it’ll just auto adjust to perfect tint outdoor and clarity indoor.
getting the frame for my Transitions Signature lenses
Now Transitions has come up with an even better version of their already very successful lenses – the Transitions Signature Lenses.
The new lens comes with Chromea7 technology that promises a few key advantages over the previous version:
- more reactive to indirect sunlight
- more responsive in hotter climate
- fade back to clear faster than previous generation
- in aesthetically pleasing colors
Transitions lens vs normal lens, with my brother at Legoland, 2013
The photo above is of a previous generation Transitions lens glass that I was using last year, you can already see the difference of the tint compared with the normal lens my brother was wearing.
Transition Signature lenses outdoor test
With the latest Transitions Signature lenses that is more reactive to indirect sunlight, the effect in changing tint happens very fast. Observe the above photo with my new pair of Transition lenses taken at about 5:30pm after a rainy afternoon. The glasses exhibit a partial tint that allows excellent visibility pretty much in an instant. The change is also very uniform.
360 degree virtual demo
If you’re not very familiar with Transitions lenses, hop over to http://www.transitions.com/en-my/virtual-viewer/ and check out the 360 degree virtual demo (works a little bit like Google Map Streetview).
Use your mouse to slide around and see a simulation on how the lens adapts to the changing lighting condition by changing from 0 to 100% tint, reducing glare when it is bright, while retaining clarity of clear glasses in darking areas.
quick demo with day/night slider
Another quick demo at http://www.transitions.com/en-my/demo-modals/signature/ showcase the ability of the lens in a simpler way. Using the slider to change the scenary from day to night with a see-through-the-lens window in the center showcasing changing tint of Transitions lens.
With the new lens, Transitions also came up with the Life 360 methodology to measure the performance of their photochromic lens. The test involves over 200 real life conditions in 1000+ scenarios around the world with a more holistic approach, testing with real people in real scenarios to better reflect everyday conditions.
Some of the important findings are:
- 86% of clear lens wearers were satisfied with their outdoor vision with Transitions Signature lenses.
- 96% of clear lens wearers were satisfied with the indoor clarity of Transition Signature lenses.
- 2:1 preference for Transition Signature lenses over the previous generation
Personally, I like the new Transition Signature because of the excellent clarity and the speed of change in the tint over previous generation. The improvement is surely noticeable.
indoor clarity test, night shot with my kitty Tembikai
Look at the above photo taken indoor through my prescribed Transitions Signature, there’s no UV at night with indoor lighting and thus the glasses act like any clear lens, allowing 100% clarity.
I’ll demonstrate how useful the glasses is in a cycling situation in the next blog post.
If you’re interested in Transitions lenses for your next pair of glasses, head to http://www.transitions.com/en-my/where-to-buy/ to find out where you can get them.