Choosing Your Window Tint Shade (Infographic)

Deciding on the type of tint you want to be installed on your vehicle should vary depending on the reason why you are having your vehicle tinted in the first place. While all tints aim to promote privacy while still allowing plenty of light and visibility inside, there are various types of tint films that accommodate different needs of the driver and his or her passengers.

Choosing your window tint shade

Types of Tint Films

Always do your research when it comes to car window tinting. Once you decide which one to get, it will be harder for you to have it replaced so it is important to make a well-researched decision before going for it. The first step you should take into consideration is to find out the number of offered options your window tinting shop may have. These options include:

  • Visible Light Transmission – The percent of overall noticeable light that is sent via the window film/glass system. The lower the number the much less visible light sent.
  • Infrared Rejection – Infrared light type the sun is only a section of the solar range which gives warmth with a window.
  • Ultraviolet Rejection – Indicates the quantity of ultraviolet (UV) energy that is blocked from travelling through the glass. Removing UV light can minimize the rate of deterioration.
  • Complete Solar Energy Rejected – The percent of complete solar energy (warmth) rejected by the window film/glass system. The greater the number, the much more complete solar energy turned down.
  • Visible Light Reflectance – The percent of total visible light that is reflected by the window film/glass system. The lower the number the less visible light reflected.

Why do you want your car windows tinted?

Since tinting your car gives you access to many benefits, it is important to determine your main reason why you are installing tints in the first place. Is it for the aesthetics? Do you want to provide comfort, or perhaps add an extra measure of security and privacy? Different types of tints are available in the market today that address these concerns. It is important that you communicate these concerns to your chosen tinting company so they can suggest the best type of tint depending on your reason and preference.

Other factors to consider:

UK Tinting Law

In the UK, the law rules that front windscreens and front side windows depend on when the vehicle was first used. If the vehicle was first used on April 1, 1985, then the required percentage of the darkness of the tint should be at least 75% of light through and the front side windows must let at least 70% of light through. For cars that are first used before April 1, 1985, the front windscreen and front side windows must both let at least 70% of light through.

Cost vs. Quality

When it comes down to it, it’s always better to go for quality over cost. Many people assume that the pigmentation is similar, and will often get the most inexpensive one to save cost. However, a low quality tint has a tendency to fade, fracture, bubble, peel off or turn purple. Plus, cheaper tints tend not to have heat rejection technology built in.

Which parts of the car are to be tinted?

The side mirror, for example, should not be tinted. This also applies to the rear mirror. Lighter shades of car window tint will be safer on rear and side windows but dark tint is whole different thing. Darker car tint shades can obscure parts of the window which makes it difficult to view images.

Car window tinting is the most efficient, attractive, and convenient way to improve the quality of your driving experience. It is important that car owners don’t just get their vehicles tinted for the sake of tinting. There are a lot of factors to consider before going to your chosen tint shop and have your car tinted.