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How to tell if your solar eclipse glasses are fake

Fake eclipse glasses

I've been duped...and I hope you weren't too!

After reading a couple of articles about fake eclipse glasses, I performed a simple at-home test on the supposedly ISO certified offerings I bought on Amazon. I placed the glasses on my face and turned toward an ordinary household light.

From what I've read, true eclipse glasses would have showed only total darkness in this situation. Unfortunately, I could easily see the light through my glasses...meaning that I could have burnt out my vision while watching the upcoming solar eclipse.

So if you've bought eclipse glasses, test them today. This test isn't a sure-fire way to tell glasses are safe, but it can definitely pull out the cheapest knockoffs like ours that aren't safe. To be 100% confident, buy only from the approved list of suppliers. Good luck and hope for cloudless skies!



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I don't know about mine. I haven't put them on yet because they have instructions not to wear them prior to the eclipse, but they are upstairs and I will test them.

I bought 2 sets.

One from this link https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B072Q849CZ/ref=od_aui_detailpages00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

And one from this: https://www.amazon.com/gp/your-account/order-details?ie=UTF8&eoid=1%3A1%3Aj4GieOq720LNbw9dc2KwCeNGFb9FsXmQkS37ylXxqZyTh5YA7dpjqF%2B%2FSP3s%2FzZlcJf0fwwErf84BMrGozPnmPUddMCM9fA5b3oYt0clNDmWLw6XVMvJQX6PURvKHudUKl2VLPdXGeEGY4BfQsZQLvZkQPcDo1iPM3A3f020eRSXMy%2BETT0Zn5xysA5E0KL%2F3%2BPHwjFOHZJPGeiKEmjAysbn%2BasM0j7xZOq%2B7bbG%2F9JsHmC5srXn2H8HKFTN%2F5t6q%2FTB%2Bfw%2FFGJY3X%2BCqKwC1ioajM4F7cG1%2BFtp%2BoUPJJC%2F8liFqHT%2FlFOrouHFYOl2MrH9M8CTlwqd4cyrs%2BHLug%3D%3D&orderID=112-9634376-4291400&ref_=pe_2640190_232586610_TE_SIMP_od

I assume the second link is junk. Not sure about the first one.

I have 3 of the first one so I hope they are good!

Very frustrating not to have good specs.

Comment by Maggie Wed Aug 2 08:10:45 2017
My glasses went black! They're good!
Comment by maggie Wed Aug 2 08:17:53 2017

Johnson City Public Library states that Lowes and Walmart are selling the eclipse glasses as well for a nominal fee. Walmart's selling them for $1.00.

Yes, the lenses need to look black when you're looking through them. It's a lot like the glass in a welder's helmet.

Comment by Nayan Wed Aug 2 11:55:07 2017