In case you didn’t know, the term “junk light” refers to the kind of fluorescent and LED artificial lighting found indoors these days – but also the blue light emitted from computer screens and other devices.
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We’ve already reviewed the TrueDark Twilight Elite here on the site, and as you can guess by the name, the Daywalker Elites are for use during the daytime while it’s still light outside.
Blue light blocking glasses are becoming more and more popular as people look to reduce the harmful effects of being exposed to too much blue light these days.
There are quite a lot of options when it comes to blue blocker brands available now, as the product category becomes more and more mainstream.
The purpose of this TrueDark Daywalker Elite review is for us to take a detailed look at this specific pair of daytime and computer blue light blocking glasses from all angles to see whether they live up to the hype or not.
We’re going to be paying specifically close attention to the frames, the lenses and the effect, to see whether they make it onto our list of the best blue light blocking glasses on the market right now.
So, with the introductions out of the way, it’s time to start taking a closer look at the Daywalker Elites to see where they stand in an increasingly crowded market.
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As we have already mentioned, the TrueDark Daywalker Elites are blue light blocking glasses for daytime and computer use.
They feature lenses with a slightly yellow tint, that work to reduce the most harmful levels of blue light.
The official TrueDark website says that the Daywalker Elites are ideal for someone who lives and works in an environment with a lot of artificial blue light.
This could be the blue light emitted from mobile phones and computers, as well as most ‘standard’ indoor lighting such as fluorescent bulbs and LED lighting.
The main reason why people turn to blue blocking glasses for daytime use is because they are stuck looking at a computer screen for much of the day.
The blue light which is emitted from these screens can be pretty harsh, and it’s not ideal to be exposed to it for long periods of time.
Taking a look at the official website, and the product description reveals that the DayWalker Elites block out around 75 per cent of blue light, and they are designed to be paired with the Twilight Elites (for nighttime use).
The marketing material on the official site goes on to say that the lenses are made from scratch resistant material and that they are specifically designed to block out the “harshest” frequencies of blue light during the day.
It’s important to note that the Daywalkers are only designed to be used when you’re indoors and being exposed to artificial blue light. If you’re outdoors in natural daylight, then it’s generally recommended that you do not wear them and benefit from the full spectrum sunlight on offer.
The official website also says that the Daywalkers are designed to reduce eye strain caused by too much exposure to digital devices.
It’s important to note that there is a warning on the official website and the frames saying not to use these glasses while driving or operating heavy machinery.
So, it all sounds pretty good to us so far, but we tend to take what manufacturers say about their own products with a pinch of salt.
With that in mind, let’s now move on to the next key part of our TrueDark Daywalker Elite review.
At the time of writing, there is currently only one style of frame for the Daywalker Elites. They have a modern look, and come with nose pads for added comfort. If you’re not a fan of the nose pads, you can remove them using a small screwdriver.
The glasses feature a streamlined and sleek design. They are a relatively neutral look, so they should suit most people.
Our one complaint here is that TrueDark don’t offer more styles with this particular lens. We think it’s pretty important for people to have a good amount of styles to choose from so that you can find one that suits you best.
The frames themselves are made of lightweight aircraft-grade aluminum. They have a quality feel to them, and they are certainly one of the best-built blue blockers we’ve reviewed recently.
Every pair of Daywalker Elites comes with a high quality protective case and microfiber cloth for keeping the lenses clean.
The whole product is packaged very nicely and it really does have a ‘premium’ feel to it overall.
The frames seem to be very durable and made of high quality materials. We haven’t accidentally sat on them yet, but we suspect they would hold up pretty well!
So, now it’s time to start looking at the lenses and the effect of using the Daywalker Elites.
The first thing you’ll notice when you put them on for the first time is the yellow tint they give to everything.
Blue light is certainly toned down and it makes looking at a computer screen a much more pleasant experience.
As mentioned above, the Daywalker Elites block out around 75 per cent of blue light, meaning that 25 per cent still gets through.
What we liked about the feel of the Daywalkers is simply the fact that they seem to help to ‘balance’ out the spectrum of light. They help to replace some of the blue with some more yellowish colors.
The lenses are incredibly high quality. TrueDark describe them as UV, “glare, and scratch resistant” lenses that are built to last.
The Daywalker Elites feature polarized yellow lenses which have an anti-reflective coating added to them for optimal glare reduction.
What makes the TrueDark products a bit special is the fact that the lenses are actually made from colored material, rather than simply adding a filter to an existing clear lens.
We found that using the Daywalker Elites while working at our computer offered a nice gentle reduction in the glare and blue light we were exposed to.
We found them to be particularly useful after sunset in the autumn months.
We’d put them on just as the sun went down and wore them for an hour or two before switching to the much darker and redder BLUblox Sleep+ glasses for the final couple of hours before bed, and this seemed to work really well.
Overall, we found the Daywalkers to be a great addition to our blue blocker set-up, to help reduce blue light exposure without making us feel sleepy.
We took a look online to see what real customers were saying about the TrueDark Daywalker Elites.
At the time of writing, the Daywalker Elites had an average rating of 4.1 out of 5 stars on Amazon, from 23 customer reviews.
One happy customer left a five-star review and said that the glasses dramatically helped to reduce their migraines from looking at a computer screen all day.
Someone else said that they were “surprised” by how well the glasses worked for them.
One more negative review came from somebody who left a three-star review and said that they felt that they could be better, given the price.
• They are a premium priced product. For this reason, they may not fit into everyone’s budget. There are cheaper options out there.
• There are a limited selection of styles. Other blue blocker manufacturers such as Ra Optics offer a wider, and frankly more stylish, selection of frames.
Daytime blue blockers are a great tool to use if you’re exposed to a lot of artificial blue light during the daytime.
You won’t need us to tell you, however, that you should try and be outdoors wherever possible, to benefit from natural daylight from the sun.
Blue blockers can be a great hack to reduce your exposure to harmful blue light during the daytime, but you should not expect them to work miracles on their own.
Good health starts with sticking to a good diet, getting regular exercise and making sure that you are getting enough quality sleep.
The TrueDark Daywalker Elites are a great choice if you’re looking to reduce your exposure to artificial blue light during the daytime.
They can help to block out 75 per cent of blue light and reduce the harsh glare of computer screens, mobile phones and LED lighting.
The Daywalker Elites are a pricey product, but the build quality overall makes them a worthwhile investment.
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