Window tint comes in a range of shades, from clear right down to completely blacked out. We’re bound by the legal limits of tinting as to how dark your window tint can be, but within the limits there is still a large range of choices. Fortunately, many of the benefits of window tinting, including protection from harmful UV rays, are not dependant on your windows being ultra dark. We’ve detailed a few popular tinting choices below to help you find the right look for you.
Darkest Legal Tint
The most common tinting request is ‘darkest legal’. In Victoria, ‘darkest legal’ means that the combination of window film and glass cannot result in less than 35% visible light transmission (VLT) through the driver and front passenger windows, and not less than 20% visible light transmission through all windows rear of the driver.
Tinting the front doors 35% light transmission and the rear doors 20% light transmission is the darkest legal tinting limit in Victoria.
Having the rear doors tinted to the darkest legal limit of 20% light transmission is a very popular choice as this gives greater shade and privacy to passengers and possessions in the rear of the car.
However, if you like the dark look for your windows, but would prefer all windows to be the same shade, you can choose to tint all windows of your car to 35%.
Tinting the front doors and rear doors 35% light transmission is the darkest legal tinting limit in Victoria if you want all windows to be the same shade.
Medium to Light Tint
Window tint doesn’t have to be extra dark to provide a range of benefits. UV protection, heat and glare reduction are not necessarily dependant on your film being dark. Many people choose to have a film that is a shade or two lighter than the darkest legal limit for cosmetic or visibility reasons. Whilst the darkest legal limit is set at a point where VicRoads have determined there to be enough visibility for driving, you can still choose a lighter tint if feel you would like to have a higher level of visibility.
You can keep 50% or more of the light coming through your windows whilst still reducing UV, heat and glare. It is a great choice if you have any concerns about visibility.
If you don’t want any reduction in light transmission through your windows, either for cosmetic or visibility reasons, you can choose to have a clear film installed in order to protect you and your passengers from harmful UV rays.
If you choose a clear window film with ceramic or multi-layer optical technology, you can also get up to 50% reduction in heat transfer through your windows without making your windows darker!
A clear film will protect you from 99.9% of harmful UV rays and up to 50% of the sun’s heat whilst keeping the original look and visibility of your car’s windows.
Manufacturers typically produce each type of tint film in several different levels of light transmission, so choosing how dark or light your tint is doesn’t mean you’ll be choosing one particular brand over another.