Welding Goggles Safety Rating


Old 05-28-03, 05:46 PM
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Question Welding Goggles Safety Rating

My father-in-law gave me an old welding helment, but it's so dark I can't anything except the spark, I can't see the part to be welded, He also gave me a pair of welding googles that is so light, I'm concerned that the safety factor is not there.

The Goggles say


Is 4 the rating? Is it safe, because I can see so well it scares me.
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Old 05-28-03, 07:57 PM
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If the goggles are that light then the filter level may be a 4. Don't use these goggles for anything other than oxyfuel cutting or welding. They are not dark enough for any type of arc welding be it mig, tig or stick. As for the helmet being dark, the usual filter shade for arc welding is a 10, thats what I use and have no trouble seeing the weld puddle or the work. With lower amperage arc welding you can go lower like 8 or 9, but I wouldn't go any lower. Some high amp welding processes that produce a extremely bright arc require a lens as high as 14. Just to be on the safe side I would get a new helmet with a 10 filter for arc welding and a new pair of goggles with a 5 filter for oxyfuel cutting and welding/brazing. Don't skimp on safety, New helmet about $24, new goggles about $10.
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24$ Hood? Wow, sign me up, my last one was about 220$
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Huntsman 911P $25.60 welding-supply.com


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