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Does Headlight Tint Dim Lights?

Does Headlight Tint Dim Lights?

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.

In this blog, we will answer the question ‘Does headlight tint dim lights?’

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 headlight tinting?

What is headlight tinting?

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 dim lights?

Headlight tints have every potential to dim your headlights. As mentioned, previously, having more than a 50%  headlight tint is illegal in the United Kingdom. This means that any tint over 50% is going to dim your headlights to a dangerous level.

That being said, any tint under 50% will result in a level of dimming on your headlights that is either nominal, or noticeable, but not to a degree where you’re struggling to see (unless your headlights were already faulty or old.)

Why have headlight tints if they dim your lights?

In some situations, headlight tints can be practical, LED lights, although brighter and longer-lasting, can be quite powerful, especially on road users with light sensitivity. This is where headlight tints come in handy, as the brightness of some headlights is more than is actually needed.

Of course, others opt for headlight tints because it matches the aesthetic they aim to have for their vehicle, which is not a problem at all as long as it is legal.

What happens if my headlight tints are too dark?

If your headlight tints are too dark, you will struggle to see with your vehicle’s headlights in the dark. This presents a danger to yourself and other road users.

If it turns out your headlight tint is beyond the legal limit, and you are stopped by the police, you can either be fined, have points on your licence, be made to remove the tint before driving away, and/or more.

Who shouldn’t get headlight tints?

Although we’d love for everyone to get headlight tints, realistically there are some people it isn’t suitable for. Safety & legality is our priority, so if you fall into one of these categories, then headlight tints may not be for you.

  • Those who already struggle to see in the dark
  • Anyone with faulty or dim headlights
  • Anyone who is renting or leasing a vehicle (dependent on the permission of the vehicle owner)
  • Any driver of a government vehicle (Ambulance, Police etc)

The best place for headlight tints

The best place for headlight tints

We at Car Specialist Customs provide tinting for your vehicle lights too, and rest assured, all of our services follow the legal requirements given to us by the government. So no matter what you choose to get, we will always tell you if it is legal or not. And if it is legal, we install it to the highest standard.

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:

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.

Purchase headlight tints today

Purchase 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 dim lights?’ 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


Monday – Wednesday – 10 AM – 7 PM

Thursday – Closed

Friday – Sunday – 11 AM – 7 PM


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


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