Transition Brown vs Grey

Brown and gray transitions lensesWondering which color of Transitions lenses is best for you?

Brown vs. Grey Transitions Lenses

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. If you are looking solely to match the color of your lens to your frame, you should choose the lens color that is most compatible with your respective frame color.

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

  • Transition gray lenses are slightly darker than transition brown lenses, making them best for those looking for the darkest possible transition lenses.
  • Transition brown lenses enhance contrast and visual acuity in the sun, making 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.
  • Many people have no problem choosing transition brown vs grey because they simply match the color of the lenses to the frame. If you are not concerned with the benefits of the color, we suggest you choose the color that goes best with the color of the frame you’re putting the lenses in.
  • Both colors will turn clear when out of the sun, so there is no difference between transition brown vs grey when indoors or at night.

If you are shopping for Transitions brand lenses and need to decide which color to go with, hopefully the above guidelines will help you in your decision.



We get calls regularly with customers deciding between transition brown vs grey lenses, and these are the guidelines we always give them. 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.

If you have any questions about Transitions lenses, or if you’re still not sure which color is right for you, please give us a call or leave a comment below. Thanks for reading!

16 Responses to Transition Brown vs Grey
  1. abhijeet
    February 9, 2014 | 4:52 am

    what is the minimum price for transition lenses in india ?
    which type should i buy if i play sports in the evening

  2. Ryan Phillips
    February 10, 2014 | 4:01 pm

    I am unsure of the market price for the transition in india. If you our playing sports in the evening i would go with the standard transitions VII brown

  3. norman cassie
    May 20, 2014 | 3:05 am

    I have just purchased new bi focals glasses and now require sun glasses or transition which is best for golfing ? I spend a lot of months in Florida and Australia but can’t make up my mind whether I should buy proper prescription sun glasses or go for transition. For golfing should I go for Gray or brown sun glasses and for transition prescription glasses should I go for gray for golfing rather than brown. Do I require polarised sun glasses if I decide on sun glasses (mainly for golfing)

    • Kieran Hunt
      May 24, 2014 | 5:09 pm

      Hi Norman,

      I would definitely go with Drivewear for golfing. Drivewear is a middle ground between regular sunglasses and transitions. They never turn completely clear and are polarized. They go from a light green in overcast conditions to a rust red color in full sunlight. They’re great for golf encase they’re contrast enhancing and change based upon the weather conditions to constantly give you optimal visual acuity. We sell them in prescription lenses on our web site.

      If you have any other questions, please don’t hesitate to ask!

      Kieran Hunt

  4. David
    August 3, 2014 | 8:27 am

    Great article! I really love the information your site has provided. Just one thing about this one though. I noticed that there’s a new transition green available now and was wondering your thoughts on that color vs grey and brown.


    • Kieran Hunt
      August 7, 2014 | 2:20 am

      Hi David,

      Green is a great color for sunglasses because it enhances contrast and visual acuity like brown transitions, while still maintaining the darkness of a gray lens (brown lenses are typically less dark). However, green has an effect on your ability to distinguish between different colors and will take some getting used to. Green used to be a more popular color with sunglasses, but it came out of fashion for a while. We’re excited about the new green Transitions, and I think you’ll find them to be great as long as you don’t mind having “greenish” colors in the sun. Brown Transitions affect your color recognition in this way as well, and most people never really notice, but it’s worth mentioning in case you’ll be using the eyewear in a situation where you need to maintain fine color details. In that case, I’d suggest going with gray.

      Let me know if you have any more questions!

      Kieran Hunt

  5. Joanie
    September 16, 2015 | 1:08 pm

    I have my new eyewear with grey transitions but believe I made a mistake. Is it possible to change the color to brown without purchasing brand new lenses?

  6. Carl Molyneux
    September 18, 2015 | 5:43 pm

    Hello I’m male and I’m 44 years old and I’m thinking of getting transitions lenses. I work in a shop and I walk to work and I like going for days out shopping so could you please tell me about what colour transitions lenses would suit me.

  7. Melvyn McManus
    July 31, 2016 | 11:07 am

    I just received my new prescription “photo-brown” glasses (mid-blue plastic frame)with bifocal. They are permanently light yellow & don`t go dark brown in direct sunlight (they go a slightly darker yellow). My optician says the lenses are correct & this is the transition with “photo-brown”. I`ve been wearing photo grey/brown lenses for over 40 years now & do no agree with him. Please may I have a professional comment?

    • Ryan Phillips
      August 9, 2016 | 2:54 pm

      It depends, if your lenses are plastic or glass. A plastic lens should be going fully clear when you are inside. If it is still having that yellowish look to them, I would go back to your eye dr because it is possible it’s a defective lens. If it’s glass, they do still have a very slight tint to the lens. It doesn’t get fully clear like a plastic lens would.

  8. Kathy Hines
    August 20, 2016 | 1:40 pm

    I’ve worn brown transition lens for years. This time I went with the grey. Why do I see a lot of blue color in the lenses? If I’m in the sun people looking at me see blue. When im driving I see blue flashes on the lens. Not grey. Very unhappy with this. Should have stayed with the brown

    • Ryan Phillips
      August 24, 2016 | 3:16 pm

      Hi Kathy,

      I have not heard that happening before with the lenses. It’s possible maybe what you are seeing is the glare from the sun reflecting off the lenses? If they aren’t on the lens already, I would look into getting anti-reflective coating applied to the lenses. It should cut down on the blue flashes that you are seeing on the lenses.

  9. Gunnar
    November 10, 2016 | 11:11 am


    Is there any difference in hardeness of Grey vs Brown tinted lenses.

    I had brown tinted photochromic that have cracked around the rim and an optician tells me that Grey tinted lenses are stronger due to some chemical reason.

    Is this true and and an known issue?

    • Ryan Phillips
      November 16, 2016 | 3:11 pm

      Hi Gunnar,

      I have not heard this with transition lenses. I know overtime, the lenses can turn a shade of yellow due to the chemicals in the lens that makes them change starts to fade away from use. But I have not heard that one lens is better than another as far as hardness or how they are used.

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