What is VLT? Well it is the VLT (Visual Light Transmitted) through the window film, measured by percentage, the smaller the number the less light passing through the window film. Now that in mind, 5% (Limo film) is amazing during daytime driving, but can be slightly difficult to see out at night-time driving, it does take a little time to get use to it. 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 look over the information this 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.
How DO Window Tint Laws Play a Role?
State window tinting laws may have a lot of influence on the tint VLT/Shade you select. State Window Tint Laws regulate what type of film is permissible to have installed on your vehicle’s windows.
While some states are more lenient on window tint VLT/Shades, others are far more restrictive. Good example of this is California, this state 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. Here in Arizona 33% VLT is the maximum legal limit for the front two door, all other windows rear of the front doors can be tinted any VLT/Shading you would like. However, for medical reasons that you need to be shielded from the direct rays of the Sun, you may receive an exemption from the window tinting requirements. ARIZONA TINT EXEMPTION.
Understanding the tint shade regulations/laws in your state is highly recommended before getting your vehicle tinted.
Is Tinting Worth it If You 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 laws, it may be surprising to many what can be compensated.
With new window film technology in the past decade there are tons of manufacturers who produce light-shade films that are extremely effective 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. Arizona being one of the hottest states out there it may be worth the extra protection to keep cooler.
Well What Tint Shade Should I Choose?
If you’re still undecided, it is not uncommon and completely normal. Before having tint installed on your vehicle, be sure to preview the selections. A well-operated tint service should allow you to choose from 3-5 tint shades. A good 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/night time driving. Darker window films may look perfect during installation in the day time hours, but will be a completely different once you drive at night.
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