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Protect yourself with an auto-darkening welding helmet


We all learned about the importance of bike helmets in school. However, the road isn’t the only place you need to wear a helmet; it’s also essential to have a reliable, high-quality helmet when undertaking any welding activities (no, that doesn’t mean you can use your bike helmet as a welding helmet). When it comes to welding, a helmet is the most important protective gear you can get. It is critical in protecting your eyes and allowing you to carry on with your work, without having to worry about anything hurting your face. On top of this, having the right helmet can increase your productivity and the overall quality of your weld.

A crucial part of any welding helmet is its lens. To ensure maximum safety, it is vital that your helmet’s lens is of high-quality and uses modern technology. So how do you choose the right lens for you? What’s the difference between an auto-darkening lens and a passive lens? Don’t worry, when it comes to welding, Revolution Industrial always lens a hand. In this guide, we’ll go into detail about the different type of lenses available in welding helmets.

What are auto-darkening lenses?

An auto-darkening lens will bring your project to light. They are becoming much more popular in the industry as they are easier to use and significantly more convenient than traditional passive lenses. How? It’s all in the modern technology of the lens. As you start welding away, the lens will automatically adjust its shade depending on how many amps are involved in the welding process. This way, you can easily and accurately view your project without having to remove and adjust your helmet.

Benefits of auto-darkening helmets in welding

With an auto-darkening helmet, your productivity and work quality are increased. You can get all the shade and colour adjustments needed in your helmet lens, without having to lift a finger. As a result, welding applications can be completed much more quickly as you are able to consistently set your welding joints in the right positions. Not having to take your helmet on and off when welding also has ergonomic benefits as your neck will not have to deal with the strain of a poorly adjusted helmet.

Auto-darkening helmets are also highly beneficial because they allow for greater accuracy and precision when welding. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced welder, auto-darkening helmets will allow you to produce an excellent weld. On the other hand, a passive lens helmet can only be used by an experienced welder as they are more complicated to use.

  1. Miller
    Miller Digital Infinity Welding Helmet - Black Ops
    You Pay $653.54
    RRP : $746.90

    RRP is the price the manufacturer recommends the product is sold for. All best efforts are made to ensure accuracy

  2. Miller
    Miller Digital Elite Welding Helmet - Raptor
    You Pay $537.14
    RRP : $613.88

    RRP is the price the manufacturer recommends the product is sold for. All best efforts are made to ensure accuracy

  3. Miller
    Miller Digital Elite Welding Helmet - Black -
    You Pay $501.39
    RRP : $573.02

    RRP is the price the manufacturer recommends the product is sold for. All best efforts are made to ensure accuracy

How do passive lenses differ?

Passive lenses are made of coloured glass, and they don’t change in colours. If the lens on a welding helmet doesn’t automatically change in colour, contrast, or brightness, it can be harder to accurately view your welding project. As a result, using a passive lens when welding is more inconvenient as you would constantly need to remove and replace your helmet to get a better look at your work. While passive lenses may generally be cheaper compared to auto- darkening ones, you get what you pay for. Passive lenses have some serious drawbacks that may affect both the quality of your project and your personal safety.

What is Miller’s ClearLight™ Lens Technology?

“It’s just a helmet, how advanced does it need to be?” This is a common question, and we have a lot of answers. The better the helmet, the better the weld. Okay, maybe the quality of a weld depends on the welder, but a great helmet sure does help. From improved convenience and productivity, to safety and durability, the benefits of an advanced welding helmet can significantly enhance your welding experience. This is where Miller’s ClearLight™ Lens Technology comes in.

If you’ve welded with a traditional helmet before, you’ll understand the struggle of welding through a monochromatic, hazy lens. Miller’s ClearLight™ Lens Technology is a game changer. Through a welding filter and auto-darkening lens, ClearLight™ Lens Technology allows for more wavelengths in the colour spectrum to come to pass through. This isn’t just for aesthetics – a greater colour spectrum can help with the detail and precision of your work. Additionally, the lens is designed to minimise light blockage so that you have a brighter view of your surroundings. Say goodbye to welding through blurred, monochromatic vision. When you’re welding with a ClearLight™ Lens, you’re adding colour, light, and clarity to your world.

At Revolution Industrial, we stock a wide range of Miller welding helmets that are equipped with Miller’s exclusive ClearLight™ Lens Technology, including the Miller Digital Elite Welding Helmet. This highly rated product has high-definition optics for precision arc recognition and enhanced colour technology that allows you to see more detail. At only 510 grams, it’s very lightweight, meaning you can weld for hours without your neck cramping up or getting tired.

Need to weld a bunch of different materials? The Miller Digital Elite Welding Helmet is highly versatile, meaning that you can use it for almost any type of welding project, including MIG, TIG, stick, flux cored, and pulse. What’s exciting is that the Miller Digital Elite Welding Helmet comes in a range of colours and patterns, so that you can weld in style. Biking and racing helmets come in all sorts of cool designs, so why can’t a welding helmet? We stock the Miller Digital Elite Welding Helmet in black, Inferno, and Raptor.

Looking for a helmet with a larger viewing area? The Miller Infinity Welding Helmet has a 13.4 square inch viewing area – the largest one you’ll find for any auto-darkening wielding filter in the industry! It also features improved headgear that provides extra cushion and adjustable fitments, allowing you to weld for long periods of time in comfort.

With a range of welding helmets featuring Miller’s ClearLight™ Lens Technology, Revolution Industrial is your one-stop shop for all your welding needs. Check out some more of our auto-darkening welding helmets.

Other things worth considering when purchasing a welding helmet

Whether welding is your hobby or a part of your career, take time to research and decide what is the best welding helmet for you. Here are some things you should look out for when deciding on a welding helmet.

Powered Air Purifying Respirator (PAPR): When performing any high-risk aerosol-generating procedures, a PAPR must be worn. These respirators help to protect users from TB exposure. A PAPR welding helmet may be expensive, but they are worthwhile for your own wellbeing.

Weight: A suitable light helmet like the Miller Digital Elite Welding Helmet would minimise strain on the user’s neck. As your head constantly moves while welding, it can become unergonomic and painful if the helmet is too heavy.

Warranty: Opting for a genuine welding helmet will surely cost more than a regular budget helmet. However, a genuine welding helmet will not only meet all the Australian Standards, but it will provide you with a legitimate warranty. All of the helmets we stock at Revolution Industrial meet Australian standards, ensuring both quality and safety.

The type of lens you choose can greatly affect your welding experience and its outcome. When choosing between an auto-darkening lens and a traditional passive lens, there are some factors you should consider about passive lenses.

  • Inexperienced welders using a passive lens will typically be unable to see the electrode of the torch when they are starting to weld. This ultimately will result in a poor form of weld.
  • Passive lenses will slow you down since you must repeatedly lift and lower the helmet. This motion also commonly causes repetitive stress injuries, which is why many leading welding companies don’t use passive lenses. Additionally, by constantly adjusting the helmet, the user can get careless and not strap the helmet on properly each time which could cause severe physical damage while welding.

Despite these drawbacks, passive lenses are still widely used by experienced welders who prefer the best budget welding helmets. These passive lenses are also disposable and can easily be replaced at a low price.

In contrast, an auto-darkening helmet will typically cost more than a traditional helmet and replacing the lenses can also be quite pricey. However, they are worth it in the long run as welders will be able to produce high-quality work while minimising their chances of hurting themselves. Many big welding sites across Australia are standardising their workers with auto-darkening helmets to ensure safety and quality.

Revolution Industrial stocks a wide range of welding helmets for you to browse. If you’d like to find out more about welding, check out our welding blogs, buying guides or contact us today!