Intro to Window Tint Shades
Before having any vehicle tinted, there’s a great likelihood that you’ll wish to decide on a shade first. With several options to choose from, it may turn out to be a tougher decision than you’ve given credit for. Let’s talk about several things that may influence your decision on selecting a window tint shade. Taking a few minutes to review the information may prove to be quite valuable
How Are Window Tinting Shades Measured?
Window tint shades are measured in units of VLT (visible light transmittance). This is the percentage of light that is visible from the outside looking in. For example, a window tint with a 50% VLT would be effectively letting in half the visible light. A window tint shade with a 5% VLT would allow only 5% of visible light to pass through (Most tint experts consider anything 5% VLT or lower to be limousine tint grade). Whenever you hear about a tint darkness percentage, you now know that the higher the percentage, the lighter the film.
What Do Tint Laws Have to Do With It?
State window tinting laws may have a lot of influence in the tint shade you select – and with reason. State window tint laws regulate what type of film is permissible to have installed on operating vehicles.
While some states are more lenient on window tint shades, others are far more strict. For instance, a state like California will not allow any film darker than 70% VLT to be installed on the two front windows of a vehicle. For that reason, many California tint consumers may be guided to install a lighter film on their front windows than they would on their rear windows. Understanding the tint shade regulations in your state is highly recommended before getting your vehicle tinted.
Is Tinting Worth it If I Can Only Install a Light Shade?
This answer depends on the purpose for tinting your vehicle in the first place. What you may not know is that tint manufacturers produce many films to coexist with these laws. While some aesthetic and privacy preferences may be hampered by tint regulations, it may be surprising to many what can be compensated.
There are tons of manufacturers who produce light-shade films that are extremely effective in heat protection. If you live in a warm state with strict window tint laws, it may be sensible to investigate a film that fits those parameters.
So…Which Tint Shade Should I Choose?
If you’re still undecided, bear in mind that it is completely normal. Before having tint installed on your vehicle, be sure to preview the selection. A well-operated tint service should allow you to choose from 3-5 tint shades. A best practice may be to ask your tint installer to preview what each tint shade will look like on your vehicle prior to installation. Also, keep in mind that daytime driving is completely different from evening/nighttime driving. Darker window films may look perfect during installation, but will be a completely different story once you drive at night.
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