Clear Sight

Miller Elec­tric ClearLight Weld­ing Lens

Street Rodder - - Contents - By Ron Covell Pho­tog­ra­phy by the Au­thor

Miller Elec­tric Man­u­fac­tur­ing Com­pany’s ClearLight weld­ing lens

Miller Elec­tric Man­u­fac­tur­ing Com­pany re­cently re­leased their ClearLight weld­ing lenses, which of­fer sig­nif­i­cant ben­e­fits over traditional lenses. As any­one who welds can tell you, the bet­ter you can see the weld area, the bet­ter your welds will be. The new ClearLight tech­nol­ogy, with high-def­i­ni­tion op­tics, gives the welder a view with more nat­u­ral color and bet­ter con­trast. Those who weld for ex­tended pe­ri­ods are likely to no­tice less vis­ual fa­tigue, since the im­proved op­ti­cal prop­er­ties of this state-of-the-art lens make it eas­ier to see not only the weld, but the en­tire area viewed through the lens.

The lens is now stan­dard on all Miller Dig­i­tal Se­ries hel­mets. I se­lected the Dig­i­tal In­fin­ity hel­met for my tests, which has a 13.4-square-inch view­ing area; the largest in the in­dus­try. I was ea­ger to try out this new tech­nol­ogy, since the older I get, the more I value any­thing that will im­prove my abil­ity to see what I’m weld­ing.

Traditional weld­ing lenses give a dis­tinc­tive blue or yel­low tint to ev­ery­thing viewed through them. The first thing I no­ticed when us­ing the ClearLight lens is how all col­ors seem more nat­u­ral. Pro­vid­ing a broader spec­trum makes the con­trast more vivid too, and this makes it eas­ier to dis­cern fine de­tail. I did sev­eral tests, us­ing both low and high am­per­age set­tings, with AC and DC, and found that re­gard­less of what I was weld­ing, I could sim­ply see it bet­ter. When you’re not weld­ing, the lens goes to a true shade three level, pro­vid­ing very good vis­i­bil­ity, and col­ors ap­pear much more nat­u­ral even when the lens is not dark­ened. I found I could do a lot more setup and grind­ing without lift­ing the hel­met. Even though the hel­met flips up and down eas­ily, it’s much more con­ve­nient when you can just leave it down, and

that adds up to less fa­tigue at the end of a long work­ing ses­sion.

There are a host of other con­ve­niences that this lens pro­vides. One fea­ture I re­ally like is Auto On and Off. The self-dark­en­ing lens turns on au­to­mat­i­cally when­ever it “sees” light from a weld­ing arc, and turns off af­ter a few min­utes of in­ac­tiv­ity to pre­serve the battery life. This is very con­ve­nient, so you don’t have to re­mem­ber to push the on but­ton be­fore putting the hel­met on. The shade is ad­justable from 8 to 13, which cov­ers any con­ceiv­able weld­ing sit­u­a­tion, from thin sheet to heavy plate. The lens dark­ens in 1/20,000 sec­ond af­ter sens­ing a weld arc, en­sur­ing your eyes are fully pro­tected from the flash.

There are four arc sen­sors placed strate­gi­cally around the perime­ter of the lens, so there is very lit­tle chance of all sen­sors be­ing in a shadow area, which could pre­vent the self-dark­en­ing fea­ture from ac­ti­vat­ing. There are four modes you can se­lect: Weld, Cut, Grind, and X-Mode. When in X-Mode, the lens dark­ens when it senses a nearby weld­ing cur­rent, so it doesn’t rely on light to ac­ti­vate. This can be help­ful when weld­ing in sun­light, or other brightly lit sit­u­a­tions.

This lens has even more “bells and whis­tles,” which we don’t have the space to de­tail here. In fact, it has a clock with a timer, which you can set for any in­ter­val, and you can even log how many min­utes and hours the lens has been “see­ing” a weld­ing arc. If you want to im­prove your welds, be­ing able to see more clearly will surely help.

Source It Miller Elec­tric Man­u­fac­tur­ing Com­pany (920) 734-9821 miller­welds.com

¥ This is the Miller Dig­i­tal In­fin­ity hel­met with the new ClearLight weld­ing lens. The ben­e­fits of this lens are most ap­pre­ci­ated when do­ing very del­i­cate weld­ing.

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