A welding helmet is one of the most important pieces of safety equipment you’ll need as a welder, protecting your eyes… There are tons of options out there for welding helmets, and a big part of your decision will come down to personal choice. Some folks will want to go with something fun, like the Hollywood Hog Welding Helmet (pictured right).
OR, you may choose something like the Jackson Halo X with the NexGen auto darkening lens and hot flame design (pictured left)
You have to keep safety in mind foremost, but also fit and comfort, especially if you’re going to be wearing it all day long.
I found some great tips on buying a welding helmet I thought I’d pass along to you:
Tips for Choosing the Right Auto-Darkening Helmet
By Greg Coleman, Product Manager with The Lincoln Electric Company
Perhaps a welder’s most personalized accessory is his or her helmet.
There are a number of factors to consider when selecting a helmet that is safe, comfortable and functional.
- Does the helmet meet current safety standards (ANSI Z87.1) to address light leakage as well as flame and impact resistance?
- Does the helmet include power circuits for extended dark storage so it always starts right out of the box?
Is the cartridge rated to darken at the low end amperages you will use?
Welding Helmets – What you need to know before you buy
By Caleb Krisher, Product Manager for Hobart Welding Products
On the job or in the garage, every welder needs protection to prevent eye damage.
As a general rule, spending more on a welding helmet will increase comfort, improve your welding ability, result in higher quality welds and ensure your safety.
Unfortunately, selecting a helmet can be confusing if you’re not familiar with the latest auto-darkening lens technology and national safety standards.
This article will help you sort through the clutter and point out the most important things to consider before investing in this important piece of safety gear, while showcasing some of the industry’s top trends and designs.
And, when you’re ready to buy , check out the selection of welding helmets at Arc-Zone.com, from stylish fun graphics to classic black welding helmets that you can personalize with your own collection of decals.