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How do diffraction glasses work and what do they do?

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Diffraction glasses make it seem as if rainbow-colored beams are bursting in every direction from a light source. But how does this trippy effect happen? Well if you hadn’t guessed it, it occurs through a process called diffraction which can happen only because of specially built lenses within the glasses.

The way diffraction glasses are built they have lenses that contain tons of microscopic parallel lines within them. These parallel lines within the lenses create miniature grooves and edges that formulate tons of miniature prisms. When light comes through the lenses and hits one of these edges, the original light is spread out into an array of beams revealing the true color of white light: all the colors on the spectrum!


If your looking to purchase diffraction glasses, check out our article on The Different Types of Diffraction Glasses to Choose From.

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