Does Headlight Tint Affect Brightness?

Headlight tints can be extremely helpful for vehicles, not to mention a stylish customisation option for your vehicle. But do the cons outweigh the pros?

In this blog, we will answer the question ‘Does headlight tint affect brightness?’

This is an important question to explore for those considering this customisation option. Of course, we want to be able to customise our vehicles without presenting a hazard to other road users, and ourselves.  

The UK automotive aftermarket industry is thriving, ranking fourth in Europe and ninth in the world in terms of size, and turning over an annual £21.1 billion. 

The sector supports 345,600 jobs and contributes £12.2 billion each year to the economy. And it is growing: the sector’s value is set to rise to £28 billion by 2022.

Why do we need headlights?

Headlights play a crucial role, similar to the lights in our room, it illuminates our surroundings so we can travel safely, especially in areas that are not well-lit. Additionally, there are instances of low visibility weather, such as fog and heavy rain, in these instances using your headlights and/or high beams is the best way to safely navigate in your vehicle.

Without headlights, we would only be able to travel during the day. Understandably, this doesn’t work for everyone, hence the necessity for headlights. 

What is a headlight tint?

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.

For peace of mind, with no reduction in quality and application, we are the superior option for any and all of your tinting needs, whether that is a window or light tinting! Our services are always done to the legal requirement so you don’t have to worry. 

Simply get in touch with us to organise your tinting.

Does headlight tint affect brightness?

Yes, headlight tints affect brightness, anything under 50% will affect the brightness but not to a level where your vision on the road, or the effectiveness of your lights is compromised. 

However, if you have a headlight tint over 50%, it will affect the brightness of your headlight, additionally, any headlight tint over 50% is not legal. Driving with headlight tints that are not within the legal threshold can result in you being stopped by authorities, have the tints removed and/or face further legal consequences. 

Are headlight tints the same as window tints?

No, although they seem very similar, they serve different purposes and contain materials that allow them to be effective for the part of the vehicle in which they are placed. 

Window tints add an extra level of privacy to your vehicle, whilst protecting it from UV rays, in addition to allowing less heat to enter the vehicle through the windows. Furthermore, the tint film may also help prevent the window glass from shattering over you, as a result of the adhesive of the tint, holding the glass together (it won’t prevent cracks.)

Headlight tints, as we previously established, serve to reduce the amount of light that leaves the headlight. They can also help prevent a headlight from shattering, similar to the way window tints can help prevent it.

Can I use window tints on headlights?

Yes, but it is not recommended you do this. There are specific tints for headlights and windows, which 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. 

How much is a headlight tint?

Our headlight tints cost between £50-90, and our price range covers the high-quality film we use in various styles that are within the legal threshold. This also covers our expert installation.

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.

Good vs 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.

Window tints

Aside from headlight tinting, we also offer a variety of window tints for your selection. Window tints additional protection from UV rays, in addition to any instances of excessively bright headlights. 

Chameleon tints:

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.

Window tinting:

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.

Buy headlight tints today

Our team members at Car Specialist Customs are extremely passionate and proud of the multiple services and products we provide for the people of Greater Manchester and beyond.

As a fully insured and approved installer, catering to the needs of vehicle owners of Greater Manchester and beyond, we are proud to let you know that we offer services for the following:



Featuring the brands, Pandora, ScorpionTrak, Meta Trak & SmarTrack, we’ve included affordable, and premium products to suit the needs of our customers. With finance options available, and the option of installation, head to our website to get your quote!

We always will go above expectations to make your car feel special to you. With even more services and options becoming available in the future, Car Specialist Customs is the home of making any car unique, secure and special. 

See what we can do for you today, we hope our starlight service has helped you decide to take a step forward in personalising your vehicle with our unique service.

We hope to have answered the question ‘​​Does headlight tint affect brightness?’ whilst also providing supplementary information that can help you make an informed choice when it comes to investing in customisation options for your vehicle.

Want to get in touch? You can find us right here: 


Unit 30
Caldershaw Centre
Ings Ln
OL12 7LQ


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Thursday – Closed
Friday – Sunday – 11 AM – 7 PM


07523 971347 (Mon – Fri: 8:30 am – 6:00 pm)


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