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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 film?

Answer : SUNLIGHT is divided into three spectrums -- visible light, ultraviolet (UV) and infrared (IR) rays.

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 sunlight.

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.

 
 

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