Tinting your windows can yield amazing results for your vehicle’s performance, serving both cosmetic as well as technical purposes. Although there are varying levels of tint intensities which will impact the strength and performance of the tint, you may not have the legal option to use certain strengths. As such, one of the first pillars to be considered when making your choice in tint product is the restrictions and regulations on tint within your municipality.
In California, there are restrictions on the amount of tint you can apply to your vehicle, and the amount varies by the type and location of the window on your vehicle. Darkness of tint is measured by visible light transmission percentage. In our state, front side windows must allow more than 70% of light in – meaning your tint cannot bar out more than 30% of visible light. Back side windows and rear windows can use any darkness. However, keep in mind that if you apply different levels of tint to front and rear windows, you will probably not be able to achieve a uniform aesthetic.
If you’re interested in tinting your windshield – en effective means of improving optics as well as reducing solar energy and heat build-up in the vehicle – you are allowed to apply a non-reflective tint on the top 4 inches of the windshield. While that may not seem like much, even that small, extra amount of protection can yield amazing results to enhance and improve your ride.
Reflectivity must also be considered. Much like a pair of sunglasses, some tints contain metallic components which reflect incoming light. However, in the state of California it is illegal to use a tint that is more reflective than a standard window. The color red is also prohibited, and you are required to have dual side mirrors if your back window is tinted.
To see which tints adhere to the California guidelines while achieving the top performance as well as your aesthetic, come into WindowTintz in SoCal!