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The benefits of window tinting

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  1. Reduced heat
  2. Reduced sun damage and fading
  3. Reduced glare
  4. Gained daytime privacy

Window film controls solar energy
Energy from the sun reaches earth as ultraviolet (UV) light, infrared (IR) light and visible light.
Each of these forms of energy convert to heat when landing on a solid object.
Visible light comprises just under 50% of the total energy from the sun.

  • Window films control the amount of UV, IR and visible light that passes through the window. 
  • How is this achieved?

The appearance and performance variations between solar control films is achieved by changing the amount of visible light allowed through the film (all films block about 99% of the UV and most block over 70% IR).

Visible Light - measured as VLT (Visible Light Transmitted)

  • VLT provides an indication of how much light is allowed to pass through the film. Will it make the room feel dark?

Customers have different priorities when selecting a window film (and also things they want to avoid).

Heat Reduction - measured as TSER (Total Solar Energy Rejected)

  • A high tech Clear Film that blocks 99% UV and close to 100% IR will achieve a TSER of about 50%.
    • blocking up to 40% of the visible light will raise TSER to close to 60%, without affecting internal or external appearance of the window.
  • As more light is blocked, the TSER will rise.

Daytime Privacy

Appearance

  • VLR - Visible Light Reflected - is a measure of how shiny or reflective is the film
    • clear glass has a VLR of 8%
    • as the VLR increases the films become more reflective, first a blackish reflection and after about VLR 30%, an increasingly silver reflection
  • Reflective films make the glass appear like a mirror when viewed from the side with the most light.
    • VLR over 50%
    • most cost effective films - highest heat rejection for lowest film cost 
  • Neutral (non-reflective) films make the glass appear dark when viewed externally

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Choose a Neutral (Non-Reflective) Solar Control Film - the most popular films for the home

The Neutral Films can be broadly grouped into 5 categories based on the VLT - Visible Light Transmitted - through the film.

Smart-Films-ClearView-thumb Choose from Smart Films ClearView ICE 60 and 8 other films

Clear Films - VLT over 60% - protect against fading, won't spoil night views, won't change building appearance

  • These films appear clear when installed on the glass
    • meet Body Corporated requirements "not to change external appearance of building"
    • provide no privacy - so therefore do not significantly impede view outside at night
  • Most manufacturers clear films achieve a TSER in the range of 50% - 60%
    • slightly better heat performance is achieved by raising the Infrared blocked and by setting VLT closer to 60%
    • retain winter warmth - Yes, most films have a U value (insulating value) of about 5.7 - meaning will reduce heat loss by about 25%-30%
  • Best Buys based on this Comparatiive Performance Table: Clear Film  (comparison of 9 top films),
    • Best for blocking heat: Smart Films ClearView ICE 60 blocks 58% TSER and a VLR of only 16%
    • Good heat blocking and less reflective: SolarGard LX70 blocks 55% TSER and has a VLR of 9% which is no more reflective thn clear glass
    •  Good heat blocking and Low reflection and lowercost: Smart Films ClearView ICE 70 has similar reflectivity (10%) to the SolarGard LX70 and blocks 50% TSER at a lower cost.

Clear Films - VLT over 60% - Winter Heat Retention - same benefits as above and with 40% improvement in heat retention

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Clear Safety/Security Films - VLT over 60%

Lightly Tinted Films - VLT 30% up to 60% - protect against heat and fading, some glare reduction

  • These films will darken the appearance of the glass externally but appear nearly clear when viewed from inside.
  • Best Buys based on this Comparatiive Performance Table: Light Films  (comparison of 11 top films),
    •  Best for blocking heat: ASWF Nature 30 achieves the highest heat protection (61% heat blocked) – BUT, with a VLR of 25%, it is fairly reflective.
    •  Heat and Light Balanced: Smart Films Sunblock 30 is less reflective than clear glass (7%) and blocks 55% of the heat - a good choice where low reflectivity is a priority.
    •  Good heat reduction and low reflection: 3M Night Vision 35 blocks 57% of the heat and has a reflectivity of 18%.

 Ambiance-25-thumbChoose from Smart Films Ambiance 25 and 7 other films

Medium Tinted Films - VLT 20% up to 25% - block heat without making room feel dark, daytime privacy

  • These films have a TSER of between 51% and 65%, block just enough light to provide daytime privacy without making the room feel dark
  • Best suited to kitchen, family, living, dining and areas requiring good natural lighting
    • seek to achieve a good balance between heat reduction and natural lighting
  • Best Buys based on this Comparatiive Performance Table: Medium Films  (comparison of 8 top films),
    • Best for blocking heat -Neutral film: ASWF Nature 20 blocks 65% of the heat but has a highly reflective VLR of 28%
    •  Best for blocking heat - Dual reflective film: Solar Gard Night Sky 20 blocks 57% and a VLR of 13%
    •  Best Value Heat and Light Balanced -Neutral film: Smart Films Ambiance 25blocks 61% and a VLR of 14%
    • Good heat reduction and low reflection - Neutral film: Solar Gard Quantum 20 is the least reflective (VLR 8%) and blocks 59% of the heat.

smart-films-hp15Choose from Smart Films HP 15 and 9 other films - this photo contrasts the tinted and untinted windows

Dark Tinted Films - VLT 10% up to 20% - high heat reduction for modest reduction in natural light

  • These films block more light and achieve higher TSER of between 52% and 72%
  • Best suited for bedrooms where most people are prepared to sacrifice some natural lighting during the day to achieve a higher TSER and a cooler room at night. 
  • Best Buys based on this Comparatiive Performance Table: Dark Films (comparison of 10 top films),
    •  Best for heat -Neutral films:Smart Films HP15 blocks 70% of the heat and a VLR of 24%
      • (Also see 3M NightVision 15 and ASWF Daydream 15 which achieve  2% and 1% respectively higher TSER but have a much higher VLR of 37%
    •  Best for heat - Dual reflective films:ASWF Daydream 15 blocking 71% of the heat but with a highly reflective VLR of 37%
    • Heat and Light Balanced -Neutral film:SunTek Symphony DS15which blocks 67% of the heat and has a VLR of 15%
    • Good heat reduction and low reflection - Neutral films:The Hanita Natura 15 is the least reflective (9%) and blocks 62% of the heat.

Very Dark Tinted Films - VLT up to 10% - gloom is good, you can see to move about but turn on the lights to work

  •  These films block between 90% and 96% of the light and make a room feel very dark
  • A popular choice for a home theatre to recreate the cinema atmosphere or for the shift worker needing to sleep during the day.
  • Best Buys based on this Comparatiive Performance Table: Very Dark Films  (comparison of 5 top films),
    • Best for heatASWF Nature 10 blocks 75% of the heat but is highly reflective (VLR 43%)
    •  Heat and Light BalancedSunTek Symphony SYLR 10 blocks 72% and has a VLR of 15%
    • Good heat reduction and low reflection: Smart Films Sunblock 10 is the least reflective (10%) and blocks 64% of the heat.
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Choose a Reflective Solar Control Film and get the the most cost-effective films

The Reflective Films can be broadly grouped by VLT and colour.
 
mirror-tint-20Choose from ASWF Reflection 20 and 4 other films
Silver Reflective Films
  • The reflective silver films are the most cost-effective (highest TSER for lowest cost) and are frequently used in commercial and industrial situations
  • Popularity of use in commercial applications has created a negative attitude towards these films by homeowners.
    • These films can be a danger to birds in bushy areas where birds mistake their reflection as a territorial invasion which provokes a glass attack.
  • Best Buys based on this Comparatiive Performance Table: Reflective Silver Films  (comparison of 5 films),
    • Best Buy: ASWF Reflection 20 is the outstanding performer in this group, blocking the most heat.
  
Bronze Reflective Films
  • The reflective bronze films, like the reflective silver films, offer high TSR for low cost.
  • Popularity of bronze coloured films has waned over past decade
  • Best Buys based on this Comparatiive Performance Table: Reflective Bronze Films  (comparison of 5 films),
    • Best Buy: The Suntek Infinity DS20 Bronze film has same 78% TSER as the Solar Gard Solar Bronze 20 and Johnson Window Films Sunset Bronze SB20 and same VLR of 37%, but is the least expensive of the three.
heat shieldChoose from ASWF Illusion and 4 other films
Silver / Grey Reflective Films are not usually suitable for the home (too dark)
  • The silver / grey films are reflective silver externally for maximum heat block and a very dark tint internally to control glare on digital displays
    • this film is used almost exclusively in the office where artificial lighting is always on during work hours.
    • Best Buys based on this Comparatiive Performance Table: Reflective Silver / Grey Films  (comparison of 5 films),
      • Best Buy: ASWF Illusion has the best heat performance at the lowest cost
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Choose an External Solar Control Film where accessibility is restricted, or where windows are double glazed.

The External Films can be broadly grouped as Non-Reflective and Reflective.
 
 
 EXTERNAL Neutral (Non-Reflective) Tinted Films
  •  Manufacturers offer a few of their non-reflective solar films in an external grade
    • the performance of the external film is usually a bit better than the internal film, but has a reduced lifespan.
  • We have compared the external grade of three films in the popular VLT 13% to 24% range
  • Best Buys based on this Comparatiive Performance Table: External Non-Reflective Films  (comparison of 3 films),
    • Best Buy: Solar Gard Sentinel Plus Stainless Steel 15 OSW has the highest TSER of 73% and a VLR of 40%.
 EXTERNAL Clear Films
 
EXTERNAL Reflective Tinted Films
  •  Manufacturers offer a few of their reflective solar films in an external grade
    • the performance of the external film is usually a bit better than the internal film, but has a reduced lifespan.
  •  We have compared the external grade of three films in the popular VLT 14% to 20% range which achieve the highest TSER
  • Best Buys based on this Comparatiive Performance Table: External Reflective Films  (comparison of 4 films),
    • Best for heatSolar GardSentinel Plus Silver 20 OSW blocks 82% of the heat but a highly reflective VLR of 61%

NEED SOME HELP?

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and we'll make some film suggestions

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