Miller Electric ClearLight Welding Lens
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.