Safety Equipment Standards Blog
Spotlight on: Radnor Auto Darkening Welding Lenses April 16 2018
As a welder, there are many safety precautions you need to take to ensure you are staying careful on the job. Since you are dealing with heat, wearing protective gloves and other clothing will be crucial to preventing the heat and fire from affecting you.
One of the most important things that may be overlooked are your eyes. Welding leads to extremely bright light glares that can cause permanent eye damage.
There are plenty of traditional welding lenses where the eye shade is a fixed color and darkness. These are a great fit for when you are welding one thing for a long time straight.
However, these can become frustrating fast if you are welding many things for a short period of time. If that’s the case, you’d have to keep removing your lens to reposition and this will become very time consuming very fast. In fact, if a welder were to offer one piece of advice to new welders it would be to invest in an auto darkening welding lens as soon as possible.
So what is an auto darkening welding lens? An auto darkening lens detects brightness and instantly changes the amount of shade so that your eyes are protected, while making the workspace still visible. Additionally, when the flame is down and the brightness subsides, the lens will adjust in real time to let you see out of it. This lets you adjust what you are working on with ease.
The most common objection to investing in an auto darkening welding lens is that they cost noticeably more than a traditional shade. You should definitely weigh the value of how much time this will save you.
The best product auto darkening welding lenses we stock are from Radnor. They work with fixed front and lift front helmets so whatever your needs, this is going to fit great. They work best for general purpose welding and are affordably priced at $99.
Here are a few tips about auto darkening welding lenses:
If the filter isn’t detecting your arc, adjust the sensitivity rating until it does.
Make sure the filter is rated for the amperage range you are working at.
Make sure the filters are not covered by dirt or debris, as this will cause them to malfunction.
Remember that these units are electronic and should be stored in a place that will remain dry.
Finally, don’t forget to replace the batteries. Without the juice, the helmets can’t sense and adjust.