CIGWELD Welding Helmets
CIGWELD welding helmets are a necessity for welders. Renowned for their durability and comfort, they protect welders' eyes and faces from UV and infrared rays emitted during welding, as well as from flying sparks that can result in burns, ultimately ensuring safety while on the job. Still, some helmets do offer better protection than others, and as such, it is important to opt for one that includes your desired features, while still keeping your budget in mind. You should also consider other welding safety equipment, including welding gloves and welding aprons.Types of Welding Helmets
CIGWELD manufactures a wide selection of welding helmets, each of which varies in its design and weight. When shopping, keep your intended use in mind, as your helmet need will vary depending on the type of welding you do. The right helmet should provide adequate protection for the job at hand and be light enough in weight that neck strain does not pose an issue.Lens Type
Most CIGWELD welding helmets feature auto-darkening lenses. These lenses automatically darken when the arc is struck, then return to light once welding ceases. As such, welders can leave their helmet in the down position at all times, helping to improve welding efficiency and safety. Some helmets also feature standard glasses, sometimes referred to as passive lenses. These lenses, while more affordable, require greater wearer attention, as welders must flip them up and down during welding.Lens Reaction Time
When shopping, it is important to bear lens reaction time in mind, which is the time it takes the lens to darken when an arc is detected. Helmets with a high reaction time offer superior protection, helping to reduce eye fatigue and the damaging effects of UV and infrared rays. As such, opt for a helmet with the highest reaction time your budget allows. Helmets with basic lenses offer a rating of 1/3,600 second, while professional lenses offer a reaction time of 1/20,000.Viewing Size
When selecting a CIGWELD welding helmet, take viewing size into account with respect to your application at hand. For light-duty applications, you will want a viewing size approximately 6 sq., while for industrial use, opt for a viewing size of roughly 9 sq.