Tinting your vehicle’s windows can block up to 99% of the sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays and reject up to 92% of the solar heat that builds up in your car. It also adds an extra level of protection in case of an accident, holding shattered glass together.
Whether you’re considering window film for safety, heat reduction, or aesthetic purposes, this new “Window Film for Your Vehicle” infographic explains how window film can benefit your vehicle.
Window film is an unsung protector of your car, and while it might not always be noticeable, know that it is working. Staying cool, protecting yourself and the passengers in your car, as well as giving your vehicle a unique customized style are just some of the many benefits associated with window film for your vehicle.
We all know that hybrid and electric cars are a great way to conserve energy, but what if you’re not in the market for a new car? What if these cars are beyond your price range? You can still help to conserve energy while driving by adding window film to your car.
A Driving Ambition to Reduce CO2
Because window film blocks solar energy, it makes your car cooler. This means you’ll use less air-conditioning and fuel and produce less carbon emissions. It may seem like a tiny drop in the energy-efficiency bucket, but when you think about how much you drive and run the air-conditioner, day in, day out – especially in the summer months or if you live in a year-round warm climate – it adds up to another way you can conserve energy and help to protect our planet for future generations. After all, transportation is the second largest source of CO2 emissions according to studies from the Environmental Protection Agency.
The Ultimate Protector
In addition to lowering your carbon footprint, you’ll also enjoy all of the other benefits of car window film. It protects you from the sun’s rays, which not only cause skin cancer but also produce glare that can impede your vision while driving. Window film also protects the interior of your car from fading and cracking. In the event of an accident, window film keeps glass from shattering and reduces injuries. This also deters crime because thieves can no longer shatter a window in seconds and quickly grab what they want to steal – getting through the window film takes longer. A darker shade of window film will also hide any valuables from view.
Find Your Shade of Cool
If the thought of a darker shade of window film turns you off, rest assured there is a complete spectrum of shades that will help keep your car cooler and conserve energy. To see which one is right for you, try out this tint simulator. It lets you see how different shades of window film will look on a car.
Car window tinting laws were passed with safety in mind, whether ensuring visibility for drivers on the road or police officers approaching pulled over vehicles. But each state’s law varies and this causes confusion on what is actually illegal. Moreover, the language in these laws can be quite technical. So to enjoy all of the benefits of car window film, you’ll first want to make sure you understand and follow the law in your state.
Don’t Be Left in the Dark
First you’ll need to familiarize yourself with the terminology used. In a nutshell, each law basically sets requirements for how much light can be transmitted through the window (“light transmittance”) and for how much visibility the glass allows (“luminous reflectance”). The requirements are usually higher for the front windshield than the side and back windows. The International Window Film Association has put together this chart that outlines the details of the law for each state. However, you’ll also need this Explanation of the State Law Summary Chart that includes the definitions of the different terms used.
Seeing Is Believing
With today’s technology, it’s easy to find a car window film that rejects heat without hindering visibility, and thereby meets legal requirements. The Wincos film line is one option that uses the latest scientific research and technology to maximize performance. It boasts the highest infrared rejection in the industry – up to 92 percent – while keeping the highest possible visible light.
Many drivers today recognize the increased comfort and protection that automotive window tint provides. But understanding your state’s own unique tint laws can prove to be a bit more complicated. Since there is no federal standard for window tint, each state has its own set of regulations.
While state laws do vary, there are some general guidelines that you as a consumer can familiarize yourself with to better understand these regulations. Understanding these guidelines will help to ensure that your vehicle’s tint is compliant with the laws in your particular state.
Visible Light Transmission (VLT) – States measure the legal amount of tint on a car window by its visible light transmittance (VLT) — the amount of light that can pass through the window. The lower the number, the darker the film.
NET VLT – The majority of states measure the VLT in terms of the combined light transmittance of both the film and the glass itself. This is important to note since auto manufacturers do often factory tint the glass of many of their vehicles.
Front Side Windows – Generally must be lighter than the rear windows and no darker than 20% VLT, with most states requiring at least a 35% VLT. A high VLT is necessary for the driver to be able to properly see the road as well as his or her side mirrors.
Back and Rear Windows – The VLT permitted is often different for sedans then it is for SUVs and vans (MPVs). In many states, there are actually no VLT restrictions on SUVs and vans back and rear windows.
Windshield – Many states allow a non-reflective tint, but usually only to a specific point on the windshield such as the A1 line.
Reflectance – Some tints contains metallic elements that help in reflecting incoming light and reducing the glare and heat generated by visible light. The laws surrounding reflectance vary greatly, with some states allowing only a certain percentage of reflectivity and others simply not allowing a mirrored appearance or any film that increases reflectivity.
Tint Colors – The laws surrounding tint colors such as red, amber, yellow, and blue vary greatly from state to state. Some do not specify any color restrictions while others limit it only to colors such as red and amber.
Medical Exemptions – Most states do allow for medical exemptions when it comes to window tint.
Professional window film dealers are aware of the tint laws in their state of business and can advise you on the tint product that will best meet your needs while still adhering to state laws. It is illegal for dealers to sell and install tint that does not comply with state laws. However, it is ultimately up to the consumer to ensure that their tint is legal. The International Window Film Association has put together a comprehensive State Window Tinting Rules & Laws chart that can be downloaded on its website.