tinting a car windowThere are different options available for protecting your car’s interior. The most basic and inexpensive is a window film. When buying the film, there are different ratings you’ll stumble upon that might be confusing in the very least.

Most car owners like shortcuts and disregard all these ratings then go ahead for DIY installation rather than commercial window tinting from an AZ expert. These mistakes, in most cases, result in insufficient protection for your car. Let these ratings guide you in your selection:

Visible Light Transmission (VLT)

This refers to the light quantity that passes through your film. A low VLT rating number indicates that the film allows for minimal light transmission. VLT is often specified with a film’s total solar energy rejected that denotes the heat amount the film can block. An elevated value for your film’s total solar energy rejected indicates that the film blocks considerable solar heat.

Solar Transmittance and Absorbance

Heat is reflected, transmitted, or absorbed once it hits your car’s window. Your film’s solar transmittance rating indicates the heat quantity that passes through it while the absorbance specifies how much heat is soaked up. The ideal automotive film is one with a low total transmittance and absorbance value.

Visible Light Reflectance

This value indicates the light reflected by your film. Automotive films come with an interior and exterior visible light reflectance rating. A high number shows that there’s minimum light streaming through the film, but this generally results in an excessive glare. The ideal middle-ground film is one with a 25% to 30% visible light reflectance rating.

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A significant portion of damage to your car’s interior results from UV rays. Diligence is hence imperative when choosing your automotive film to ensure you get optimal protection. Once you get the best film, ensure it’s professionally installed for its optimal performance.