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    Quote Originally Posted by albrightree View Post
    How long do you get with a set of batteries?
    That depends on how often you throw your helmet on the bench and forget to turn the light off..... LOL!





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    Re: chump articulating LED light

    I was in the shop working on an order this morning and came across some of those little round led's I had from another project years ago... so took a break, grabbed one of the shop hoods and a drill....
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    Spaced the holes so the bigger ones that have 50 percent more brightness would fit but for now just used the smaller ones.
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    Still got room for two more on top.
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    They aren't too bad on 9 volts... I think I'll run em' on 12 anyways as they'll take 14+
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    Re: chump articulating LED light

    Might shim the led's to shine a bit higher but they are close to whe i'd normally need them..
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    Could always put more down lower on the hood anyways... Haven't decided on what or how to power them... might just run a lightweight wire to a barrel connector and have a little batt pack on my belt or something???

    Now I gotta find a welding project that needs more lighting

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    Quote Originally Posted by ronsii View Post
    I was in the shop working on an order this morning and came across some of those little round led's I had from another project years ago... so took a break, grabbed one of the shop hoods and a drill....
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    Spaced the holes so the bigger ones that have 50 percent more brightness would fit but for now just used the smaller ones.
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    Still got room for two more on top.
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    They aren't too bad on 9 volts... I think I'll run em' on 12 anyways as they'll take 14+
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    I like the fact that they are recessed

    Is there enough room to mount them BELOW the lens? (Chin height ). I think if you could the lighting would be easier to direct......maybe.
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    There is plenty of room below the ledge underneath the lens.... not optimal... but could be done... I meant to grab my lincoln hood out of the truck but forgot i must have a dozen different hoods that are AD and I doubt 2 of em' are shaped alike

    I think they still sell these 'cats eye' led's on ebay/amz... if I remember they ran about .80-1.50 / ea. qty10's and they are 3-5-7 watts ea??? something like that they are designed to run on 12vdc but I think have seen some rated higher....

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    Uh... you took the helmet off before drilling the holes, right? Just asking....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lis2323 View Post
    Uh... you took the helmet off before drilling the holes, right? Just asking....
    Well....... it was a lot easier to see how far the drill bit was coming into the hood with me wearing it.... and I needed two hands on the drill for obvious reasons so I just tightened down the pivots and went for it

    It got a little complicated when the step bit caught some of my hair and wrapped it up a bit before I could let go of the trigger ... but thank God these cordless drills have reverse!!!!

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    Is that the tool they use for hair plugs?

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    I'll bet it would work.... of course the actual tool they use probably costs 1000X more... but does the same thing

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    Re: chump articulating LED light

    Quote Originally Posted by ronsii View Post
    Might shim the led's to shine a bit higher but they are close to whe i'd normally need them..


    Now I gotta find a welding project that needs more lighting
    Turn out the lights in the shop!
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    Quote Originally Posted by LtBadd View Post
    Turn out the lights in the shop!
    heh heh heh...That could work.... I don't think I've done more than a 20 hours welding indoors for the last year or so though... 95 percent of my work is field repair outdoors in the sun/clouds/rain/wind/snow/etc...

    When I fab some stuff in the bosses shop I usually do turn out the lights because if you don't it'll trip the breaker after a bit.

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    I found some of these (come in a 2-pack) at ace hardware. They're super useful in areas like under vehicles up in tight areas..https://i.ebayimg.com/images/g/-ogAA...InC/s-l225.jpg

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    Quote Originally Posted by farmersammm View Post
    Or weld outside in the wind, rain, and bright sun with sweat drippin' off your nose. Outside rocks. Pantywaists!!
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    Re: chump articulating LED light

    I was hard surfacing over 100 cultivator shovels today and thinking about this thread. Lighting was less than ideal and my old welding helmet lens is getting scratched up so visibility was less than perfect. I found I could see the edge of the shovel ( I try to lay the bead about 1/16" from the edge to avoid burn through) better if I directed the "flame" from the rod into the center of the shovel and dragged the rod back along the edge. When I lifted I could see the edge as long as the rod was glowing but it soon disappeared as the rod cooled. Somehow we need to keep the "glow" on longer (I know...that's what she said...). Has anyone adapted a circular LED like the ones used on drill presses to a rod holder? Just thinking it would be easier to direct the light if it was on the stinger rather than on the hood...
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    Quote Originally Posted by whtbaron View Post
    I was hard surfacing over 100 cultivator shovels today and thinking about this thread. Lighting was less than ideal and my old welding helmet lens is getting scratched up so visibility was less than perfect. I found I could see the edge of the shovel ( I try to lay the bead about 1/16" from the edge to avoid burn through) better if I directed the "flame" from the rod into the center of the shovel and dragged the rod back along the edge. When I lifted I could see the edge as long as the rod was glowing but it soon disappeared as the rod cooled. Somehow we need to keep the "glow" on longer (I know...that's what she said...). Has anyone adapted a circular LED like the ones used on drill presses to a rod holder? Just thinking it would be easier to direct the light if it was on the stinger rather than on the hood...
    Hmmmm, interesting idea... could be a bit cumbersome... but doing wide open welding would work fine... heat might be an issue when the rod gets down a ways...

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    Hmmm.... never thought of the heat... might need a glass shield between the rod and LED.
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    Quote Originally Posted by whtbaron View Post
    Hmmm.... never thought of the heat... might need a glass shield between the rod and LED.
    I still haven't had a chance to finish the led setup on my shop hood... whenever I get around to it and I have more spare time I plan on taking the flir gun and doing some tests on the face of the hood and the leds when they have been on and close to a good sustained arc to see what temp they will be up to.

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    I got rained out mowing the lawn, so I was back hard surfacing cultivator shovels and trying a few of these ideas this aft. Armed with scientific equipment like duct tape, electrical tape and an el cheapy head band style LED I undertook some dedicated research. I was thinking about heat susceptibility so first I tried duct taping the light to the inside wrist of my welding glove. Not bad... but you can't aim the light and put the rod where you want it at the same time, so that got tossed. Next I taped it to the handle on the stinger and ran into a couple probs. Every time you twist the stinger to add or remove a rod, or tighten it, you change the aim of the light and more often than not shine it in your own face. Heat wise it stood up pretty good. I think bluing the plastic lens from the heat/smoke would be a bigger problem than heat on the LED itself. I lit the duct tape up a couple times ( a true student of the 70's, me and Bill never inhaled, but I still like to burn the rod down to the roach clip) but it didn't seem to bother the light. Being inside of the rod where your hand was going to go anyway, being in the road wasn't a big issue... at least not on this job, but I could see where that might be an issue. So, on to Plan C , or my Hobart AD helmet which is similar in shape to the one Ronsii posted... a little long on the chin. I tried it on the bottom of the helmet and that's where it worked for the rest of the afternoon. Since I was back working in the "Where's Waldo" shop with bad lighting, it actually helped a lot. This post also reminded me it was time to take the helmet apart and clean the lenses so I did that as well. Without extra light I was having to lift the helmet to hop around between shovels. I like to weld about 3" at a time and move around so I don't concentrate heat in one part of the shovel and lead to breakage. With the light I didn't lift the helmet and was able to move around much more quickly and effectively. It didn't make a difference once the helmet darkened and the arc was in contact, but it was very helpful going in and pulling out. We might be onto something here... could the next big addition to helmets be built in lighting?
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    Here Les. You can buy this online.

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    Re: chump articulating LED light

    Well that takes all the fun out of it, doesn't it?
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    Quote Originally Posted by whtbaron View Post
    Well that takes all the fun out of it, doesn't it?
    Exactly!!! plus they say 'Miller' on em'... but they sure don't look BLUE..

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    I'm a little surprised that they used the side hinges as a mounting point, and that they couldn't come up with a more compact design. I would think flipping the helmet up and down would alter the aiming of the lights, and that the lights would affect proper adjustment of the side knobs. I think they should mark it down again. I wouldn't pay $20 for that setup. My light taped to the bottom of the helmet worked well... I can see using a temporary clamp on system so you could remove it quickly in close quarters and multiple LEDs for a wide angle pattern.
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    You wouldn’t be the first to say that I suck the life out of a party
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    Quote Originally Posted by whtbaron View Post
    I'm a little surprised that they used the side hinges as a mounting point, and that they couldn't come up with a more compact design. I would think flipping the helmet up and down would alter the aiming of the lights, and that the lights would affect proper adjustment of the side knobs. I think they should mark it down again. I wouldn't pay $20 for that setup. My light taped to the bottom of the helmet worked well... I can see using a temporary clamp on system so you could remove it quickly in close quarters and multiple LEDs for a wide angle pattern.
    Maybe that's why it is on clearance
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