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Gold-Coated – The Gold Standard of Welding Lenses


Many activities call for the use of proper eye protection. Nowhere is this more prevalent than in welding. In dealing with flying sparks, bits of molten slag jumping up from the work area, and the intensely bright light of the arc, welders need to protect their eyes from both debris and damaging radiation.

Gold-Coating on Welding Lenses

Welding helmets cover your face and provide eye protection by utilizing special protective lenses. As in the eyeglass industry, lenses are available in both plastic and glass. And just as some sunglasses are tinted to absorb light and others mirrored or polarized to reflect light, welding lenses are available either in various colors or coated in a mirrored gold finish.

Colored lenses absorb incoming light but do not absorb all frequencies equally, and can distort colors. Gold lenses reflect rather than absorb light. They restrict light from passing through the lens and give you a truer color palette. Both types will prevent damaging levels of UV light from reaching your eyes, so usage generally amounts to a matter a personal preference.

Our athermal gold lenses are made of the highest quality glass by Schott, the renowned German manufacturer. They offer high optical quality, dimensional stability, resistance to radiation, and are scratch resistant. They reflect 90% of infrared radiation (radiated heat), greatly reducing the heat to which a welder’s eyes are exposed. For convenience and variety, our gold-coated lenses are available in shades 9, 10, 11, 12, and 14, and in two sizes: small (2” x 4.25”) and large (4.5” x 5.25”).

We know our Schott lenses are a superior product, but don’t just take our word for it. Read some excerpts from comments left by our satisfied customers:

  • “I have used athermal gold lens[es] for over 10 years. The clearest lens I have ever found. No distortion or double images.”
  • “What an awesome product! The visibility and clarity is great!”
  • “These gold glass athermal lenses are great! They are very clear and [offer] high visibility…thanks, Phillips, for supplying these. I have Googled these lenses and you are the only web site I can find.”

Visit our website to read more about our gold-coated welding lenses. To the serious welder, these could be worth their weight in gold.

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