In every sense of the word, investing in window tints for your car windows is so worth it no matter what the price is. Protecting yourself from damaging UV rays, harmful infrared rays, glare, and protecting your interiors from fading, and your battery from wearing out is as essential to any good car owner as basic safety. But to control the variables that are in your hands when it comes to protection, the type and shade of window tints you choose to install are what guarantee you the best experience. Or if you did, and you’ve forgotten what percentage of tint you have on your car, you can always figure it out later on.
So, how can you test how dark your window tints will be?
To adequately measure the darkness of your tints, you should go ahead and visit your local tint expert or your preferred car shop to start the process. There, they have the professional tools to tell you exactly what they’re looking at. They will have a window tint meter, which they place on your window when it’s rolled half down. It has a slot that fits the window perfectly, as it slides right down and fits snug and tight.
This meter has a digital display that will display the tint level percentage it measured on your window tints, or in other words, the windows’ opacity rating. If you bought a pre-owned car and you are worried about the tint level percentage being illegal, this is one way to spot any irregularities and keep you away from any problems with the law. To know this, you need to check your own state’s tint laws as each state has different rules and regulations regarding the matter.
Also, more importantly, you need to know your tint percentage because it might save you while driving in the dark. Cars with window tints that allow less than 75% transmission of visible light cause massive vision impairment and distortion in the dark. Also, for security reasons, window tints hold not be too dark that no one would distinguish what’s going on inside the car, especially law enforcement. The good thing is, only your front car windows need to abide by that rule when it comes to Visible Light Transmission or VLT. Other than that, you can check the rules and laws of your state when it comes to your other windows.
You need to bear in mind that some cars come with factory-tinted glass windows, meaning tints that were infused with the glass itself during manufacturing. This means that these types of windows get darker when a film tint is applied over the already pigmented windows. In that case, you need to be extra cautious when you tint your car windows or when you estimate the opacity of the tints. Ideally, talk to a tinting specialist or your local car shop to get the best understanding of what level of opacity you are dealing with or will deal with with your windows.