Headlight tints and window tints serve the same purpose don’t they? If that’s the case, then Can I use window tint on headlights? This is a common query we get asked, so we thought it was best to address this question in this blog, so read on, the answer isn’t simple!
At Car Specialist Customs, we are proud to offer a wide variety of options when it comes to making your car a unique expression of who you are. We are excited to share with you the option of our headlight tinting option.
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Headlight tints – what are they?
Headlight tinting is the process of applying a specialised film on the surface of a vehicle’s headlight or rear lights, this process results in a variety of benefits including:
- Adds a refined aesthetic to your car
- Can help reduce glare from your headlights
- In the event of a crash, the adhesive may prevent the glass from shattering everywhere.
You can buy tinting film online or through a service that specialises in car customisation, we recommend the latter as there is less room for mistakes when dealing with experts like us.
Effects of cheap tinting
If you buy a low-quality tint film, then it may be more prone to bubbling, cracking, fading or peeling. Our tints are guaranteed to be top quality, with varying options in strength, with installation directly from us.
Are headlight tints practical?
Yes, headlight tints can be practical depending on your vehicle, and the tint you choose. Some headlights are known to be too bright for other road users to concentrate on the road, especially those with a level of light sensitivity in the dark. This is where headlight tints can have practical usage.
If your vehicle has powerful headlights, trying headlight tints may help you navigate the roads without affecting other road users.
Why are some headlights too bright?
Of course, everyone’s eyes perceive things differently, though it is fairly obvious that modern vehicles have much more powerful lights than they used to, so why is that? This is at the discretion of the manufacturer, but at the same time, it can just be that using LED lights which are more energy efficient, results in a more powerful light than its halogen counterparts can provide.
Can I use window tint on headlights?
You are able to use window tints on headlights, however it is not recommended you do this.
There are specific tints for headlights and windows, but this is because your windows, and headlight covers serve different purposes, are made from different materials, and would mean that using the wrong kind of tint can result in a subpar tint, or cause damage to the vehicle.
Your car windows protect your vehicle from outside factors including wind, rain, sun and temperatures, whilst also allowing you to see around your vehicle.
Headlight covers serve the purpose of allowing light to travel through them, directing them to allow the driver to not struggle with seeing in low-light situations. As a result, headlight covers will be subject to the same factors of the window, but also cumulative heat as the length of time the headlights are on will make the area hotter.
The best way to think of this is that window tints reduce light from coming in, whereas headlight tints reduce light that comes out. Using the wrong kind of tint will result in the tint wearing out quicker, or altering the way the tints were intended to work.
How do headlight tints get installed?
Car Specialist Customs offer headlight tinting as one of our customisation options, in which we assess and install the tint, here is our process.
Our tinting process is as follows:
- We analyse the space you would like to be tinted
- We make the necessary adjustments to our tinting films so application is smooth and hassle-free
- We apply the tinting & make sure there are no mistakes.
- We will then guide you in regard to the maintenance of the tinting.
Contact us, and get your quote for a tint.
Can I get other tints?
Yes! Below are our alternative tinting options (both are for windows)
Chameleon tints are a vibrant and unique option in customising your car, the dynamic properties of the films give a ‘Chameleon’ effect to the windscreen resulting in an array of colours that changes as the day does.
This particular tint retains the original benefits that come with a standard window tint. With options in aqua blue, Cadbury purple and sunset orange, take a look for yourself on our site.
Essentially the same thing as a chameleon tint, just without all the vibrant colours. Click here to take a look through the options and strengths that we provide for our tints.
Headlight tint legality
To be absolutely clear, tinted headlights are legal in the UK, up to a limit. If a headlight tint is over 50%, it is then classed as illegal. By that understanding, if the black-tinted headlights in question have a tint over 50%, then it is not legal.
Good vs bad headlight tint
There are instances where a bad headlight tint is made out to be good. So below are what makes a good, and bad headlight tint.
A good headlight tint looks like…
- Fully covered the headlights, without overlapping or underlapping any areas, it is cut clearly.
- Light can still pass through it.
- It does not compromise any part of the vehicle that it neighbours.
A bad headlight tint looks like…
- Overlapping or underlapping the headlight
- Bubbles are between the light and the tint
- The tint is peeling
- The tint isn’t properly stuck on
- There is a severe lack of light able to pass from your headlights/break lights.
Purchase tinted headlights today
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We hope to have answered the question ‘Can I use window tint on headlights?’ whilst also providing supplementary information that can help you make an informed choice when it comes to investing in customisation options for your vehicle.
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