When welding, you want to protect your eyes from the heat and sparks that come from the process. The right shade lens will keep you safe when welding, but it’s also essential to have a clear view of what you’re working on. Fortunately, all kinds of shades are available for every type of welding application, and they can help protect your eyes and the workpiece being cut or fabricated. Let’s look at different types of glasses and how they might apply to other kinds of welding!
The right shade depends on the type of welding.
The right shade depends on the type of welding. For gas welding, you must use a dark shade as it is impossible to see the color change in the metal. If you are working with TIG or MIG welding, selecting either medium or light shades is better, depending on your requirements.
What shade lens do I need for gas welding?
The type of shade lens you need depends on the type of work you do. If your welding is well-lit, 2.5 or 3.0 lenses will work fine for gas welding. However, if your welding is done at night or in dark areas, we recommend using 3.0 or 4.0 lenses instead (the higher number means darker).
The darker the shade lens, the more protection from UV light that it provides and, therefore, less light exposure for your eyes—so even though they may appear darker than other types of sunglasses out there right now when worn with welding goggles (which only protect against harmful UVA rays), they still offer good protection while providing enough visibility so that everything looks normal when looking through them during an arc flash situation where sudden bright flashes occur due to electricity arcs striking nearby objects like metal surfaces or other people’s clothing etcetera!
What shade lens do I need for arc welding (stick welding)?
- If you are welding stick electrodes, you need a shade three lens.
- If welding flux core electrodes, you should use the same shade number on your stick electrode.
What shade lens do I need for TIG (Tungsten Inert Gas) Welding?
The right shade lens depends on the type of welding that you are doing. For example, a four-lens is required if it’s a gas-shielded process and not an arc bead. If it’s an arc bead process with no shielding gas, 5 or 6 lenses can be used, depending on the joint type.
What shade lens do I need for MIG (Metal Inert Gas) Welding?
The shade of a lens is determined by the welding process, the metal being welded, and position (flat, horizontal, or vertical).
- For MIG welding, choose an appropriate shade for your application. A dark lens will be needed for bright metal surfaces like aluminum or stainless steel, while a clear lens will be required for darker metals such as iron and copper.
- If you use flux core wire with carbon rods, it may look pinkish red when viewed under UV light, but your eyes do not see this color at all because they can’t detect colors under normal lighting conditions.
And for plasma arc cutting (PAC) and plasma arc welding (PAW)?
For plasma arc cutting (PAC) and plasma arc welding (PAW)?
- It depends on the type of plasma you are using. The minimum shade required for PAC is 4, while for PAW, it’s 6.
Get the right shade to protect your eyes, but get the best view of your workpiece when welding.
The right shade for you is a personal choice. Choosing the best shade for your eyes is essential, but choosing the best view of your workpiece when welding is equally important.
Mig welding is arc welding with a metal electrode, so it can be challenging to see what you’re sometimes doing. We recommend using a wide-angle lens and an eye shield (see below). If you don’t have access to these safety measures or they aren’t practical in your situation, then consider wearing glasses or goggles instead of trying to see through this type of work process while working on something tiny like jewelry pieces or even smaller than that such as jewelry wire cutters used during assembly tasks like hanging beads onto chains which require precision cuts made by hand because those beads are fragile!
So, if you’re looking for the best shade lens for welding, it depends on what type of welding you want. Make sure your eyes are healthy before considering a new pair of lenses. See also 10 Best Tig Welder for Beginners – Top Picks & Reviews, 50 Best Welding Jobs in the USA – Find Your Right One
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