The Light and The Dark Of It
What are “clear window films”? Most of us are familiar with window tinting as an option for keeping heat out of the car or house. But when you think of tinting, just by the nature of that word “tinting”, many will picture something that is DARK.
Technology has improved over recent years allowing manufacturers to create high performance window films that are clear or nearly clear. People are amazed at how much heat these films keep out when we hold a sample up to the window. And they can barely see the difference between the film and the clear glass.
Obviously a film like this is not suitable for reducing glare, say on a TV screen or computer monitor. But they are perfect when you need to keep heat out but want to maintain high levels of natural light .
Different window films are compared to each other by how much light they let through. The film will have a name, say “Matrix” and a number. The number will be telling us how much light the film lets through. So Matrix 05 lets through only 5% light – a very dark film perhaps suited to a media room. Matrix 15 obviously lets through 15% light and so forth.
Once you get up to around 40% light transmission you are getting into the area of barely noticeable when installed on the glass. In the picture of the two windows looking out onto the pool, the left hand pane has our Nature Vue 40 installed whilst the right hand pane is still clear glass. Hard to tell the difference yet Nature Vue High Definition 40 reduces the heat coming through the glass by 57%. Cutting the heat down by over half!
Natural light was important to the owner of this home so they chose a “barely there” film. This maintained the bright, light filled room but reduced the North Westerly sun’s heat by 50%. It also reduced fading and sun damage to upholstery, furnishings and the owners themselves by stopping 99% of the UV. It is not easy to tell, but only the three larger windows on the right were tinted at this stage. The ones on the left are as yet, untreated clear glass.
Clear Window Films
When you get to 70% light transmision we are talking films that are more or less clear. Certainly they will not make any noticeable difference to the light levels in your room. But will they keep any heat out? YES they do! Films like our Vortex IR70 and E-lite 70 are indiscernable on the glass and yet reduce the heat coming through your windows by a very respectable 51%. Most people say “How? Its almost clear”. Well it has to do with the latest technology “Nano-Crystal ceramic construction” but we will leave that for another post.
Obviously some films can keep out a whopping 83% heat but they are darker films and will effect the amount of natural light entering the room. These darker films certainly have their place and there are numerous film options at every level inbetween the dark and high performance clear films. But when you have a heat problem and would like to maintain the beautiful natural light levels in your room the choice is clear, the film is clear and the result is fantastic.
Let me help you choose the right film for your room. Get in contact and organise a free consultation to discuss the options. And dont think the same film needs to go everywhere. Each situation and room will have different requirements, so it makes sense that a different film might be required to do the best job for each of those locations.