auto darking welding helmet?


Veteran Member
Aug 6, 2008
louisville ky
i have never use one and im having trouble with it. my problem is it to dark when i weld and when the garage has all the light on it goes dark. can i turn sensitivity all the way down without it hurting my eyes just afraid i will set something to low
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Gary S

Lifetime Gold Member
Apr 14, 1999
Bismarck, North Dakota
That sounds to me like the helmet isn't working like it should. Mine will not darken under garage lighting unless I look directly into a very bright light. Your garage lighting shouldn't be enough to make it darken.


Veteran Member
Dec 30, 2015
Greenville SC
The sensitivity has nothing to do with the shade number, you should have a dial with numbers on it for the shade. If not you will have to change the dark lens out with a lighter one. Post a pic of your controls.


Veteran Member
Dec 29, 2000
maybe letting the lite get in behind you , try putting on ,over the back of you head,neck,a rag , so lite from over head don't get in. Maybe


Veteran Member
Feb 20, 2009
Central NJ
Almost forgot, make sure there isn't a "grind mode" switch that has been inadvertently switched on. It won't get dark enough if activated and may affect sensitivity as well.


Veteran Member
Aug 1, 1999
On mine I think the grind mode is basically off. And do try different adjustments. These helmets are made to work with various welders, stick weld in thicker metal you'll have a big arc, mig in sheet metal much smaller. Pretty amazing device when it's working right though.


Veteran Member
Jun 10, 2007
Olive Branch, MS
I believe OSHA standards are a setting of 13 or higher. We had some nice inexpensive Miller hoods at work that only went to either 11 or 12 and they were just not dark enough. You could tell after you had been welding for a bit. I did not like them. Bought some that went higher and they are much better.

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