Light Up Goggles

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Steampunk devote slickshughes can only wear his goggles on his head because of his glasses, so he spruced up his forehead-only pair with some LEDs. Reminds me of The Fly.

Light up goggle mod

12 thoughts on “Light Up Goggles

  1. Wow. This is precisely why steampunk is dead.

    Goggles aren’t a fashion accessory. You use them when actually building dangerous things, requiring eye protection. Wear glasses? Get prescription goggles. I do.

    Wearing safety equipment as a fashion accessory hoping to fool people into thinking you are actually a maker is sad. Intentionally advertising the fact they are actually just a useless poseur accessory goes beyond pathetic.

    Sorry, that’s just the way it is dude. I’m sure you are a nice guy and all, but take some advice; Toss the goggles, and go on a search for that most valuable of commodities called “real”.

    Its a dwindling resource these days.

    1. You are right, Stunmankey — goggles for dangerous projects are a must. I use them too, but you are a step ahead of me by owning *prescription* goggles. Would you mind sharing what kind you have and whether or not you recommend them? I imagine a lot of our readers would be interested.

      As for this project, sure, these goggles above are not useful in a shop situation, but that’s not their intended purpose. I think the guy who made them could find work as a special effects engineer for movies and TV shows!

      1. Sure thing. I just had inserts ground, the same kind commonly used for prescription scuba masks (this is how I discovered them).

        They are standard polycarb lenses, just ground dead flat on the front surface so they can be bonded with a clear adhesive to the rear surface of the mask/goggle lens.

        Many of the more expensive modern scuba masks are recently dispensing with the old style bonded inserts and going with one-piece pre-made diopter lenses designed to snap into the mask. You don’t want these. You will need to find the older/cheaper bonded style. This also has the benefits – if you need them – of goggles that can offer astigmatism correction and even bifocals!

        Make sure with goggles, especially those used for welding, that you have the lenses bonded to the REAR piece of polycarb lens, protected with a disposable glass or plastic cover lens over the front. Don’t want to have to buy new prescriptions every month when you get too many scratches and slag pits on the front lens. Use a cover lens!

        I have used these successfully and would recommend them for use with scuba masks, work goggles, and skydiving goggles. There are a lot of similar uses I’m sure these can be put to.
        Only thing I’ve found they don’t work in well in is gas masks (the lens sits too far out from the eye). They still kind of work though, and since eyeglasses keep them from sealing right and contacts are a very bad combination with them, it is still an option. That or a lot of hope and vaseline on sealing around your eyeglass temples.

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