Welcome to Optics Trade debates. In each episode, we talk about a different topic and try to answer the most common questions we receive about it. Today, we are going to talk about the illumination color of optical devices.
Red, green and blue illumination
The most common illumination color that can be found in optical devices is red. There are other colors available with certain devices. Only a few years ago, red was the only available color of illumination. Manufacturers started making optical products because some colorblind people can’t see the red illumination.
Premium manufacturers produce optics with a green illumination and more affordable manufacturers produce optics with a blue illumination. If the user is colorblind and does not see the red illumination correctly, he just switches over to the green or blue illumination.
Illumination in riflescopes
There are more or less two groups of riflescopes that have different colors of illumination. Affordable scopes in the range of 500 € feature a blue or red illumination and premium tactical MIL/MIL riflescopes which also feature a green illumination. The user can toggle between the colors.
Red dots and reflex sights
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Explanation of the term from our website
Illumination color is the color of the dot found in optical devices, red being the most common one. As some of the users are color blind, the manufacturer started to produce optical products with either green or blue illumination.
Red Dot Sights: https://www.optics-trade.eu/en/dot-sights.html
Red Dot Sights with red illumination color: https://www.optics-trade.eu/en/dot-sights/shopby/ilimination_color-red.html
Red Dot Sights with blue illumination color: https://www.optics-trade.eu/en/dot-sights/shopby/ilimination_color-blue.html
Red Dot Sights with green illumination color: https://www.optics-trade.eu/en/dot-sights/shopby/ilimination_color-green.html