Re: dialing in your welder feed rate setting
Yup, I use halogen work lamps at my tig bench also.
Helps a lot because my hood is an old Jackson 411p with a fixed lens. as might be expected, I got it from a yardsale. :-)
Our son uses a nexgen hood that works very well.
eDG's paintwork sure is an improvement over the wild paint on those skully helmets! :-)
A while back, when our son was making sparks 10-12hrs a day, I was working on a device to provide positive clean-air flow into the helmet. PC fans powered by a rechargeable tool battery pack and a flex tube to the helmet. I think it would have helped him a lot... but the work stopped, and I set the project aside...
My goal is cheap, reliable, personal transport, below the tax collector radar. Fun counts for a lot!