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Question : I AM thinking of tinting the glass on my new
Toyota Corolla because of the hot weather
that we have been experiencing.
However, I have read in an independent
auto magazine that the car already comes
with green heat-absorbing UV-Cut glass. Does
this glass provide adequate infrared and UV
protection or will I still require a window tint
SUNLIGHT is divided into three spectrums --
visible light, ultraviolet (UV) and infrared (IR)
Visible light, as the name suggests, can be
seen. On the other hand, both UV and IR rays
are invisible to the naked eye but are capable of
causing a variety of medical problems, including
eye cataracts, sunburn, wrinkles and liver spots,
as well as skin cancers.
Consequently, reducing the amount of these
dangerous rays entering your vehicle will help
lower the cabin temperature, saving you fuel in
the long run as the air-conditioner does not
have to work as hard. Also, fabrics and interior
trim will not fade as easily from exposure to
While standard UV-cut glass will provide some protection from ultraviolet
rays, the protection offered may be far from adequate since
most OEM car glass only reduces UV penetration by about 50%.
In comparison, quality commercial tint films
can reduce UV and IR by up to 90%
Therefore, it makes sense investing your
money in a good window tint. Do bear in mind,
however, the legal requirements on light transmission.