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    There Are SO MANY Welding Lenses,, Has Anyone Tried More Than Two Or Three??

    Around 1980, a Safety Specialist explained how effective a gold coating on a lens was at protecting your eyes.
    I started using a gold fixed lens at that time.

    I used that lens for 20 years.

    Before I got my first auto-darkening lens equipped helmet (a Hobart), the lens I used was a gold plated #10 lens for all of my welding.

    Recently, while watching YouTube videos, I have seen welders using all types of lenses in their welding hoods.

    I always thought there was a fixed value welding lens, an auto darkening lens,, and a gold plated lens.

    WOW,, there are SO many more variety's of lenses,, and some of them cost some real big dollars,, just for a little piece of glass.

    I never knew there was a fixed value auto-darkening lens,,
    then there are the special color lens like the ones in this video where a pipe welder explained the over half dozen lenses that he uses.



    So, before I drop $150 on a glass lens,, because it is "blue",,
    has anyone used more than the basic lens, or the basic auto-darkening lens?

    HELP!!

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    Re: There Are SO MANY Welding Lenses,, Has Anyone Tried More Than Two Or Three??

    Standard solar powered fixed shade auto-dark lens are used by many. Look in the archives on here, CEP found some lenses he really liked. Can't remember if they were Phillip's Optical or something else. Genuine Lincoln clear view lenses are liked but might not be easy to find. Gold lenses are bad if they get scratched and they scratch fairly easily. Cobalt blue are almost impossible to find and very pricey if you do find them. Glass lenses are way better than plastic lens, the same as glass cheaters are better than plastic.

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    Re: There Are SO MANY Welding Lenses,, Has Anyone Tried More Than Two Or Three??

    The gold lenses available today are simply green lenses coated with gold. I have a 2x4 gold lens that I suspect is 40+ years old and it is a gray lens with gold. The color difference is staggering......the old lens is night and day better. If someone here has a source for the gray style gold coated lens I would be interested to know.

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    Re: There Are SO MANY Welding Lenses,, Has Anyone Tried More Than Two Or Three??

    Phillips Safety has a selection of high $$$ lens, and some cheaper ones
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    Re: There Are SO MANY Welding Lenses,, Has Anyone Tried More Than Two Or Three??

    That dude uses a shade 8 or 9, I can't even fathom it, only time i've gone as low as a 9 was welding .040 titanium tube at like 30 amps, I run a 12 as my gp lense and keep a pair of dark glasses I wear over the 12 for running high amp/volt MIG and fluxcore.

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    Re: There Are SO MANY Welding Lenses,, Has Anyone Tried More Than Two Or Three??

    Quote Originally Posted by ttoks View Post
    That dude uses a shade 8 or 9, I can't even fathom it, only time i've gone as low as a 9 was welding .040 titanium tube at like 30 amps, I run a 12 as my gp lense and keep a pair of dark glasses I wear over the 12 for running high amp/volt MIG and fluxcore.
    When I am in the dark shop, my eyes dilate (open up) and then I need the darker 10-11 lens.
    BUT, when I am outside, on a sunny day, or even worse a bright snow covered day,, I can not see anything with a #11 lens.

    I guess pipe welders weld out in the sunlight most of the time??

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    Re: There Are SO MANY Welding Lenses,, Has Anyone Tried More Than Two Or Three??

    Quote Originally Posted by SweetMK View Post
    When I am in the dark shop, my eyes dilate (open up) and then I need the darker 10-11 lens.
    BUT, when I am outside, on a sunny day, or even worse a bright snow covered day,, I can not see anything with a #11 lens.

    I guess pipe welders weld out in the sunlight most of the time??
    maybe its just personal? I've spent alot of time welding pipe outside building LNG and gas conditioning plants, always run at least a 12.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ttoks View Post
    maybe its just personal? I've spent alot of time welding pipe outside building LNG and gas conditioning plants, always run at least a 12.
    It absolutely is different for different people.
    Blue eyes are more sensitive to light,,

    I never wore sunglasses until I was old enough to get Social Security,, and even now, I seldom wear them.
    The sun never seemed to bother my eyes, even in bright snow.

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    Re: There Are SO MANY Welding Lenses,, Has Anyone Tried More Than Two Or Three??

    At onetime I had a 4 gold lens #3 , 5, 10 and 12.
    Today I use a auto hood adjustable #8-12 and #3 and #5 gold for torch welding.

    Dave

    Quote Originally Posted by SweetMK View Post
    Around 1980, a Safety Specialist explained how effective a gold coating on a lens was at protecting your eyes.
    I started using a gold fixed lens at that time.

    I used that lens for 20 years.

    Before I got my first auto-darkening lens equipped helmet (a Hobart), the lens I used was a gold plated #10 lens for all of my welding.

    Recently, while watching YouTube videos, I have seen welders using all types of lenses in their welding hoods.

    I always thought there was a fixed value welding lens, an auto darkening lens,, and a gold plated lens.

    WOW,, there are SO many more variety's of lenses,, and some of them cost some real big dollars,, just for a little piece of glass.

    I never knew there was a fixed value auto-darkening lens,,
    then there are the special color lens like the ones in this video where a pipe welder explained the over half dozen lenses that he uses.



    So, before I drop $150 on a glass lens,, because it is "blue",,
    has anyone used more than the basic lens, or the basic auto-darkening lens?

    HELP!!

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    Re: There Are SO MANY Welding Lenses,, Has Anyone Tried More Than Two Or Three??

    I got blue eyes and in my mid fifties, been welding and fabin' for about 25 years. just recently bought some Wens lens's, 8 and 9. Having a hard time seeing the pipe joint mostly on cap. 8 is a little to bright, 9 almost good but got a Aluketro from Wens lens in #10. real clear and hardly any orange flares. The Aluketro is a green lens with gold coating, cost about 20 bucks and way better than those 4 dollar ones from the Welding supply. Also really Love the Arc One 240, shade 10 got that in my Original Pancake, real clear. Basically try them all until the box is full of lenses and then you'll know.
    It seemed like a good idea at the time!

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    Re: There Are SO MANY Welding Lenses,, Has Anyone Tried More Than Two Or Three??

    Quote Originally Posted by welding1 View Post
    Also really Love the Arc One 240, shade 10 got that in my Original Pancake, real clear. Basically try them all until the box is full of lenses and then you'll know.
    Is that the T 240 Tradesman or the more expensive SS240?
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    Re: There Are SO MANY Welding Lenses,, Has Anyone Tried More Than Two Or Three??

    Its the more expensive one, its worth it!
    It seemed like a good idea at the time!

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    Re: There Are SO MANY Welding Lenses,, Has Anyone Tried More Than Two Or Three??

    I'll have to check one out when my cheap autodark dies. I have a flip up Jackson with a Philips gold #10 that I use for low amperage tig and want to keep it a passive so I don't get flashed.
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