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Will Window Tinting Make My Windows Dark?

Will Window Tinting Make My Windows Dark?

Here at Greenlight Window Films, we get a lot of customers who want window film but think it will darken their windows and/or block out views. While there is a little truth to the fact that early films used to be dark– today’s modern films are crystal clear! This is because window film technology has changed a lot in the last decade. A lot of today’s window films are powerful at blocking the sun but still have incredible clarity. Most of today’s advanced films actually allow you to choose your transparency. 

How Window Films Works

Most window films and tints will not darken your windows or block the Fort Worth views you love. They do, however, block UV rays that are harmful to humans and home furnishings (UV, UVA, and UVB). These films work through spectral selection; blocking harmful rays while letting the rest of the sun’s rays in. Different films work through different mechanisms; each with varying opacity. Films are made out of polyester, ceramic, or metal glazing. Polyester films are the clearest but usually less advanced. Ceramic films are more powerful and allow you to choose your opacity level. Metal films are the least transparent but mostly used when sun control and privacy are needed and usually on commercial applications.

Window Film Comes with Visible Light Transmission Options 

When it comes to choosing the opacity of your window tint –one number to look at is the visible light transmittance(VT). This number tells you the amount of light in the visible spectrum that passes through a film. The higher the VT the more daylight will be let in and the more transparency you will get. The lower the number, the less visible light that shines into your Fort Worth home but the more effective the film will be at glare reduction and/or energy savings. This means you, the consumer, can choose your level of transparency. And, even nearly clear films are powerful solutions to energy consumption and glare-reduction–but not as good as those that are darker.

For more information on clear to tinted window films for your Fort Worth home, contact us today!


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