Post: Choosing Welding Lenses Made Easy

Choosing Welding Lenses Made Easy

Phillips Safety offers an extensive selection of high-quality welding lenses to suit most welding applications. We provide not only a variety when it comes to the filter options of our welding lenses, but in the sizes and shapes. 

Our welding lenses include cobalt blue and athermal green lenses, which can be purchased as welding glasses. Besides these, our selection also contains alloweld lensclear glass cover lensgold welding lenssuper blue drop in lenssuper magenta drop in lens, and welding magnifier lens.

Here we offer flat lenses for goggles, helmets, and masks in standard sizes and shades. We also have standard welding shades with added protection from sodium flare for working with cast iron, aluminum, and stainless steel. Phillips Safety’s standard lens sizes are also available with a gold mirror for added heat protection, and all of our welding glass is the highest quality German glass, with no bubbles, striation, or optical distortion. In addition, Phillips Safety’s welding lenses are available in rectangular and circular shapes, with different sizes. Both standard and custom sizes and shapes are available upon request.

How welding lens works

Welding lens work by filtering out harmful radiation emitted during welding. When you weld, the welding arc produces a bright light that can damage your eyes if you’re not wearing proper eye protection. Welding lens are designed to block out the UV and IR radiation while still allowing visible light to pass through. The welding lenses are made of a special material that filters out specific wavelengths of light, providing different levels of protection.

Passive lenses work by using a fixed shade level to filter out the light. The higher the shade level, the darker the lens will be. Auto-darkening lenses work by using sensors to detect the bright light from the welding arc. When the sensors detect the light, they send a signal to the LCD display, which darkens the lens within milliseconds. Once the arc is extinguished, the lens returns to its normal, clear state.

How to determine the welding shade that’s best for you

Determining the welding shade that is best for you depends on several factors, such as the welding process, the material being welded, and the amperage or power level of the welding equipment.

In other words, your choice of welding shade should depend upon the type of welding you’re doing, and there is typically a range of accepted shades so there is some room for personal preference.

OSHA provides guidelines for the minimum shade level required for various welding processes, materials, and amperage levels. Consult safety guidelines and regulations here.

If you still aren’t sure which welding lenses are right for you, it’s a good idea to give us a call at 1-866-575-1307 or talk to us through our chat or e-mail us at

Our welding experts will be able to tell you what you need for your application.


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