Eye and Skin Protection in a Welding Helmet
Your helmet is an essential safety element of your welding equipment. This is one area in which you should not consider economizing. Yes, many helmets provide basic protection, but where the health of your eyes is concerned, only the best protection will do.
Not only does your helmet protect your eyes, but it should cover as much of your face and neck as possible; there is no reason to incur damage while you are working. Sure, a few small burns are not much damage, but over time and with repeated injury, the damage can cause lasting scarring and other problems - there is no reason to risk that.
Welding Helmet Functional Features
The next consideration for selecting a helmet is the intended use. How often and how long at at time will you use your helmet? If you need to do occasional welding projects, you can consider heavier helmets, which are often less expensive. Heavier helmets are naturally less comfortable, but for short periods it is not a problem.
However, if you anticipate more substantial welding projects, investing in a lighter helmet is advisable. You don't want to have to stop working in the middle of a project just because your neck is tired of holding up the helmet.
Consider the size of the viewing area. Some helmets viewing area is very small. You may have to tilt your head at an odd angle to see your project. This may be acceptable for rare projects, but for regular use, consider your neck health as well as your eyes and find a helmet with a large viewing port to avoid compromising your neck.
For those of you who do extensive welding, check out the modes available with the helmet to be sure to select one that has all the features you need. More features generally means increased price, but it is better to purchase a helmet with more features than than fewer. You may expand your welding needs as you become more experienced and purchasing a more versatile helmet enables you to widen your work without purchasing a new helmet. Additionally, helmets with more features are often better made to support those features.
Excellent Examples of the Jackson Welding Helmet Line
The following are a few examples of Welding Helmets made by Jackson, a company that has been a leader in the business since 1947.