If you're growing marijuana indoors one thing that is overlooked by growers is protecting your eyes.
You usually focus on everything else in the grow with the nutrients, temperature, humidity and the plant's health.
We should also focus on our health as well.
A pair of grow room glasses can help shield your eyes from the damaging light caused by LED and HPS/MH bulbs.
It’s also not recommended to use sunglasses.
They do not protect your eyes properly from the grow lights UV light spectrum.
You cannot see the exact color of the plants even when using polarized sunglasses.
If you're looking for a new pair of glasses or researching which ones are right for you.
This post will provide you with great information to make a focused decision on an affordable pair of grow glasses.
Here is a table of contents for your convenience to quickly navigate to your section of choice as this is a really long review.
Let’s take a look at one the most important questions.
Why you should use Grow Room Glasses
The main reason to use grow room glasses is the irreparable damage it does to your eyes.
It's not noticeable right away.
Different UV light causes various types of damage to the eyes.
UVA causes cataracts, UVB causes eye burns. UVC causes eye burns as well. According to Washington University.
Another benefit is to be able to see the actual color of the plant to find problems such as with insects like spider mites or root aphids.
Problems like powdery mildew and nutritional deficiencies such as Potassium or calcium.
It's important to locate the problem when they are little before they become significant problems and can ruin your grow.
Every grower should have a pair even if you're just starting out and do not have a lot to spend.
You can always start small and advance from there.
But protect your eyes from the beginning so you're not one of those growers out there who need someone else to check their buds for them.
What to look for in Grow Glasses
There are many things to consider when looking for grow room glasses.
Protection: How much do they provide.
Do the glasses offer all three UV light or do they offer only the two primary UV light spectrum's?
Durability: how long will they glasses last ?
Different types of lens, plastic or glass
Affordability spending more may be worth it in the long run, but if you're on a budget there still good options out there.
Which lights they protect from, LED HPS or MH bulbs.
The combination glasses out there are not as focused on the specific models available for the same lights.
Different styles available some only come in distinct styles, while others have multiple styles and price ranges.
I am going to go over briefly the top brands of 2018 for grow room glasses.
To give you a better understanding of the companies out there.
Method seven make glasses for horticulture and also flying or general use.
They shine in that they provide protection of all three UV Light wavelengths UVA, UVB, UVC .
Method seven also claim that you will be able to see the real color of your plants under the different lights like LED, HPS, MH.
They make several different styles and features at different price ranges.
Apollo sells not only grow glasses but also other growing needs such as lights ballast tents fans and practically everything you need to start or keep growing at affordable prices.
VivoSun is a complete supplier of all your growing need such as lights, ballast, fans and grows tents. They also have grow glasses available.
Gruve comes from Grow1, and they specialize in gadgets for growing. Protect your eye from UVA, UVB light. Something worth considering if you're really on a budget.
Grow Glasses for LED Lights
There are glasses for led light eye protection on the markets here are the top affordable grow room led glasses.
The Method Seven Operator LED glasses are a top of the line for growing in Led light.
The glasses offer spectacular protection going a step above the other pair of glasses on the market.
To protect the user against UVC, infrared and the usual UVA, UVB that causes a damaging spectrum from grow light to your eyes.
These method seven led glasses are a wrap around style and have real glass.
The lenses are made by Carl Zeiss ( some fancy eyeglass guy in Europe.)
You can see precise true color when in the grow room and they even offer a 30-day money back guarantee.
They can be used in big scale operations of 10,000 watts or more.
Apollo Horticulture UV400 LED glasses are made especially for LED lights from Apollo.
The glasses block out harmful UVA, UVB from your grow lights to protect your eyes from harmful damage.
A cost effective part if you do not want to spend a lot of money.
The VIVOSUN Indoor Hydroponics LED grow room glasses provided a full protection of the eyes even in the corners.
These glasses provide specifically designed for led bulbs and offer protection from UVA and UVB light.
With a terminator style looks so you can be on top of your plants with precision.
A lightweight pair that may provide you a clear view of your plants.
Grow room glasses for HPS lights
With lots of growing glass coming onto the market here is a listing of the top HPS glasses worth checking out.
The Method Seven Operator HPS Plus grow room glasses give you the ability to see natural colors under HPS bulbs.
These glasses can be used in lighting above 10,000 watts which are perfect for bigger grows .
The Operators offer 100 percent UV protection on levels such as UVA, UVB, UVC.
Method seven glasses are a solid pair that will last forever.
The Apollo Horticulture AHFR-Cultivator-1 are a comfortable, affordable pair of glasses that block out harmful UVA, UVB, UVC of light.
These glasses are suitable for use in the room that uses his or metal halide lights.
The Apollo Horticulture glasses do not give you the clearest view of your plants, but they will work and are cost effective for just starting out.
These glasses are suitable for HPS and Metal Halide bulbs.
The glasses offer an 180-degree full view of your plants without distortion.
For the price the can be a steal.
Although when trying to take a picture through them they have been reported as not suitable.
The Gruve Indoor Grow Room Glasses are a simple wrap around style glasses that offer UV light protection.
The gruve HPS glasses are a quality pair of glasses that come with plastic lenses and frames.
They also work with MH bulbs as well, which makes these glasses very versatile.
Grow glasses for MH(metal halide) lights
With lots of growing glass coming onto the market here is a listing of the top metal halide glasses worth checking out.
The Method Seven Operator Metal Halide Plus grow room glasses have all the features of the Operator series of glasses.
Made with actual glass lenses, and with a Famous Carl Zeiss design.
These are a durable pair of glasses that make the real color of your plants shine though.
They offer full 100 % percent UV protection and infrared.
Big grow friendly for over 10,000 watts.
They claim these can work for LED, but they have a particular pair of them.
Apollo Horticulture Cultivator are an essential version of growing glasses with plastic lenses and frames.
An ok pair if you're on a budget.
The Gruve Indoor Grow Room Glasses for metal halide bulbs are a combo style glasses that support HPS bulbs as well.
These are a wrap around style, that offer full protection of UV light such as UVA, UVB. wavelengths.
The VIVOSUN Indoor Hydroponics MH Grow Room Glasses are suitable for metal halide and HPS bulbs and they offer protection of UVA, UVB light.
These glasses meet all safety code and recommendations for protective eyewear.
Made with plastic wrap around lenses and frames.
For prescription eyeglass wearer
The Apollo Horticulture Prescription Wear Over Glasses these are perfect if you have prescription glasses.
You can easily place them over the glasses and see a clear view of your plants with no squinting!
They are designed for LED, HPS or MH bulbs.
For the price, you cannot go wrong.
There is no need to use your prescription glasses anymore to see what's going on.
There are many different versions of growing room glasses on the market from many companies.
I have provided the most affordable selections to choose from.
You could pay $180 for a pair of grow room shades if they do both the job indoors and out, or you can save a little cash and put it towards other things in your grow.
I prefer to do that and I also wear prescription glasses and currently grow in LED.
Just waiting for another company to come out with that version to go over your glasses.
I have heard the Apollo ones are ok.
There are some great grow room glasses out there.
I have used both the Method Seven and the Apollo LED glasses but I find I use the Method Seven LED glasses more often.
They are clear, and I can even put them over my regular glasses although it’s not the best way to use them but they work for now.
I hope this review will make your decision easier!
Grow on my friends.