True view helmets

  1. Tosh67 Member

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    Hi all,
    First post so go easy on me! I’m looking to get a true-view helmet so I’m looking for your opinions? Are they really that good because when you look at the advert picture I think the puddle seems to be clearer with the greener tints, but I don’t think the pic’s probably give a true definition.
    im a novice welder as I have only done four patches on my car about 9 years ago using a cheap auto-darkening helmet but this was in inside the foot wells from above so I had plenty of room so was easier, now I’m doing work on my transit, the helmet is ok when working on the bench while fabricating but I’m struggling to see what I’m doing when stuck on my back under the van so thought the true-view helmet might help?

    Opinions please.
     
  2. slim_boy_fat

    slim_boy_fat Forum Supporter

    Can't help with the True-view but welcome aboard :waving:

    Someone who knows about then is bound to supply an answer [when they get back from the Hell that will be last-minute Christmas shopping :laughing:].
     
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  3. RonA

    RonA specialist in repairing sealed for life equipment

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    I’ve moted a lot of discussion on the forum about ambient lighting while welding. Some seem to favour bright floodlighting of the welding area but some people have suggested bright LED’s on the front of the mask do the trick.
    RonA
     
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  4. pondy

    pondy Member

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    I've no problem with mine, r tech lid with a light above my bench and everything very clear
     
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  5. Tosh67 Member

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    Thanks for the welcoming
     
  6. cumbriasteve

    cumbriasteve Moderator

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    For my weld area I got a cheap and cheerful floodlight off ebay for around £6, it was 20w LED and lasted 3 years before my ham fisted mate attacked it with a length of 40mm flat bar.

    It made a world of difference to seeing the weld, had it a couple of feet above the bench, I intend to replace the destroyed one and get another which I will make an adjustable in height and angle stand for when welding away from the bench.
     
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  7. Tosh67 Member

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    I’ve been using a Fluorescent baton so more of a natural illumination so think I will make up a bright 12v halogen or led spot to see if that helps, will search for ambient lighting on her to get a bit mor info,

    Thanks
     
  8. Tosh67 Member

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    Looking at that video it still seems that the green hue shows up the outlines better the tru seems to have more glair to it and is not so easy on the eye, but I’m thinking that real life use probably don’t look anything like when trying to film such a powerful bright arc!
     
  9. Tosh67 Member

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    Was that with a normal auto darkening helmet? Even though I think I’ve got enough light as a large area is lit up um now thinking it’s probably better to concentrate the light onto the actual joint or plug I’m welding to see if that makes a difference.
     
  10. cumbriasteve

    cumbriasteve Moderator

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    Yes it is with a cheapie ebay helmet and my work area is also fairly well lit but the led spot light made a lot of difference...well worth £6.
     
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  11. Tosh67 Member

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    I think that’s my job for tomorrow then will make up a 12v lamp out of a load if fittings I’ve got in the loft and see how I get on with my existing helmet before I try a new one.

    Hopefully will get views from people who have tried them first hand as im thinking now that it won’t make much of a difference when working in a confined space.
     
  12. morssdn

    morssdn Member

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    I struggle to see the line to follow with welding without very local extra light, even with a 9100xx. I found a 50w office desk led lamp with moving arm off eBay which helps a lot. I can place it right over the weld.
     
  13. Tosh67 Member

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    I have now made a 21,000lm 120w 12v work Light on an adjustable clamp so will give that a try in the new yr, just hope it’s not too bright that it triggers my auto switch helmet.
     
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