Why Window Tinting Can Be Too Dark

Are you thinking about getting your windows tinted? Consider these facts before you make the investment to change the coloring of your window’s tint.

Many are not aware that there is such a thing as tint that is too dark. In the State of Texas there is a legal standard as to how dim you are permitted to tint certain windows and which windows are legally permissible to contain any tint or reflective film.

Effectuated in 2009, Texas Law denotes that the levels of darkness of tint are measured by a Visible Light Transmission percentage (VLT%). In Texas, this percentage refers to a proportion of visible light permissible into the vehicle through a combination of film tint and reflective properties and the window. On the windshield of a sedan, SUV or van, non-reflective tint is acceptable above the manufacturer’s AS-1 line. This does not include a fully tinted windshield. On the front passenger and driver’s side windows, tinting must allow more than 25% of light into the vehicle. In reference to the rear window and the back passenger and driver’s side windows, any darkness is permissible.

Some tinting film contains metallic components that serve to reflect incoming light and reduce the glare and heat produced by visible light. The reflective capability on the front and back passenger and driver’s side windows must not contain any reflective properties over 25%. Reflective capabilities are not permissible on either the front or back windshield.

Where there are several benefits to tinting including limiting the glare into your vehicle, reducing heat absorption and providing a level of privacy, tinting can also be dangerous if not properly applied.

Whether you are looking to purchase new tints, correct the tint you have or simply inquire as to the standards here in Cypress, Texas; visit 290 Car Audio where car and audio experts are available for a free consultation. Call or stop in today.