When we travel, we wear helmets to protect our heads. The same can be applied when we weld.

man-welding-helmet-welderVarious welding jobs pose dangerouse threats to the face, especially to the eyes of the welder. If a welder isn’t wearing a proper welding helmet, he’ll be exposed to the flares and radiation emitted while welding, which may cause his retina and cataract to burn at some point. The worst part is that ultraviolet radiation and infrared radiation don’t usually affect the eye instantly—they reveal their symptoms after some time which can lead to eye discomfort, swelling, and even temporary blindness.

Welding helmets, like the ones presented in, are made to protect the welder’s face while doing welding work. And actually, they’ve come a long way since they were introduced.

Recent Advancements in Technology

Today, we can categorize helmets into two: passive and auto-darkening.

The first type includes a dark lens which does not adjust or change. While wearing this, welders usually nod to let the helmet down as they begin the arc.

Meanwhile, the second type is more comfortable and convenient to use, especially if the welder needs to habitually lower and raise the helmet during a welding job because they come with sensors that automatically darken (hence the name) the lens once they sense the luminous electric arc.

Auto-Darkening Helmets

Speedglas-welding-helmetThis type also has its own categories. Auto-darkening helmets can either have a variable shade or a fixed shade.

The former comes with a lens that has varying shades from which the welder can choose from. This is highly advantageous when a welder needs to use different welding applications and processes. A digital keypad is used to adjust the lens shade, depending on how bright the arc is.

On the other hand, auto-darkening helmets with a fixed shade will only darken to a single shade that’s been previously set. It’s an excellent choice for applications where the welder needs to go through the same weld again.

Auto-darkening helmets also provide varying operational modes that alter the lens shade, for instance, for plasma cutting or grinding. The modes offer more flexibility, enabling one helmet to be utilized for many applications and tasks.


Welding helmets today are stepping up their game by offering advanced technology that brings convenience and comfort. These developments help welders become more productive. If this is so, shouldn’t you be stepping up your game too? Why not take the opportunity to experience the features they offer such as enhanced headgear and tracking functions? Why not take the chance to encounter better protection? Because let’s just face it. Welding helmets are essential and not optional.

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