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Window Tint Shades: What’s The Difference?


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 so many tint shades 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 lower than 5% VLT to be limousine tint grade). Conversely, a window tint with a 70% VLT will allow 70% of light to pass through. 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. One main component of tint laws are the range of permitted window tint shades and darkness levels.

It’s easy to avoid being stopped for window tinting if you make sure that you are within your state’s window tinting laws.

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While some states allow for more leniencies on permitted window tint shades, others are fast to pull in the reins. For instance, a states like California will not allow any film darker than 70% VLT to be installed on front vehicle passenger windows. 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 may turn out to be essential in your jurisdiction

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 of their 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.

What many people are not aware of is that window tint shades don’t necessarily translate to more heat protection. 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 numerous 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. That way you can be 100% sure. Wouldn’t you want to know that you did your due diligence before installation to make sure you’ve chosen a suitable window tint shade?

For a free window tint estimate, you may call and speak with a representative who will gladly assist you.

Also, be sure to check with your local law enforcement prior to installing any window tint shade. Nothing in this article should be taken as legal advice. Any legal advice should be directed to a qualified party/individual. Further, some information in this article may have been updated since it’s publication and may no longer be valid. While we do our best to be accurate, we cannot ensure the validity of any information on this page.

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