Does Tinting Headlights Reduce Visibility?

Does Tinting Headlights Reduce Visibility?

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 be answering the question ‘Does tinting headlights reduce visibility?’ This is vital for anyone considering this customization option, as having limited visibility in your vehicle not makes you a hazard to yourself, your passengers, and other road users.

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.

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 window tints are guaranteed to be top quality, with options from 70% to 5%, with installation directly from us.

For peace of mind, with no reduction on quality and application, we are the superior option for any 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.

Understanding VLT

The tinting spectrum comes in percentages, which refers to visible light transmission (VLT). VLT is the amount of light that can pass through your window (or in this case, from your headlight.)

Car Specialist Customs, alongside being a qualified team of car customisers also have a range of tinting options for you to consider. This is done in accordance with the legal parameters set out by the UK government.

It must also be noted that whilst it isn’t illegal to sell a darker film for tinting purposes, it is illegal to put it on certain parts of your vehicle. Which may result in you being stopped by the police.

Does tinting headlights reduce visibility?

Does tinting headlights reduce visibility?

Yes, If your headlight tint goes beyond the legal threshold of tinting percentages, then yes you can expect reduced visibility, which could likely be quite dramatic. This puts you, and other road users and pedestrians in danger, as your lack of visibility can easily result in you having an accident.

If your headlight tinting is below the maximum percentage of tinting allowed, you will find a difference in your headlight output, but this is still safe enough to use.

Do headlight tints affect the amount of light emitted?

Yes, headlight tints will affect the amount of light emitted, this is why some headlight tints reduce visibility. This is also why it is illegal to get a tint of more than 50% on your headlights.

Although a darker tint means other road users won’t be blinded by your lights when you drive by, having too much of a tint can reduce your visibility to other road users, or even make them think you aren’t using your headlights.

Can other road users still see my lights if they are tinted?

Providing you don’t get a tint that is over the legal limit, then yes, other road users should be able to see your lights without any issue. There may be a reduction with those who are wearing sunglasses or have tinted windows, but this reduction shouldn’t be dramatic unless their window tint or sunglasses are extremely dark.

Where is 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, get your quote for a tint today.

Is headlight tinting worth it?

Is headlight tinting worth it?

Yes, absolutely, if you want an extra layer of character on your vehicle that is subtle but still noticeable, headlight tints are definitely worth considering.

From a practical aspect, headlight tinting can definitely be worth it, especially if your vehicle has headlights that are too bright, tinting them can be a much more affordable option than replacing the bulbs altogether.

You know your headlights are too powerful when you are often ‘flashed’ (headlights flickered) for no reason by other vehicles on the oncoming side of the road.

Alternative tinting options

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 tinting reduce visibility?’ 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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