Window tints lend an elegant, classy, and cool vibe to your vehicle, but did you know that tinted windows can also be beneficial for your health?
Getting your windows tinted can protect your vehicle’s upholstery from sun damage, and also protect your skin from being exposed to the sun.
And prolonged exposure of the skin to the sun can make it appear darker or more uneven in tone, and in worse cases cause skin cancer.
UV Sunlight- What is it?
UV light, short for ultraviolet light, is a form of radiation that is emitted by the sun, and artificial sources.
There are three main varieties of UV light—UVA, UVB, and UVC. Of the three types, UVB rays are the most concerning, as they affect your skin’s top layer, and cause skin cancer, and most sunburns.
UVB rays damage your skin’s DNA, and also burns unprotected skin in as little as 15 minutes.
Risks of UV Light to Skin
The depletion of the ozone layer greatly reduces our atmosphere’s natural protection from the sun’s harmful UV rays.
Research indicates that one in five Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime, which is a number that’s much higher than most other types of cancers including breast, and colon cancer.
Melanoma is the most serious form of skin cancer, and two of its major risk factors are UV exposure and sunburns, particularly during childhood.
Exposure to UV radiation can also cause actinic keratoses and premature aging of the skin. Certain parts of the human body are especially susceptible to this type of lesions such as the hands, face, and forearms.
People tan under the sun because it’s a natural way to darken the skin. And even though some sunlight can be good, overexposure to UV rays can penetrate the outer layers of your skin, and damage or kill the underlying skin cells.
Risks of UV Light to Eyes
Both short and long-term exposure to UV light can harm the eyes, affect vision, and compromise overall eye health.
There are several eye diseases that are caused by overexposure to UV light, most notably cataracts, macular degeneration, pterygium, and photokeratitis.
All ages are at risk of eye damage from UV light including children. UV rays can originate from several different directions, and from many places such as from the ground, snow, water, sand, and other bright surfaces.
How Can Window Tint Protect You From UV Light?
Window tint basically serves as a sunscreen when you’re in your vehicle, and can protect you from an impressive 99 percent of UV rays.
But that’s not all, tinting your windows also protects your eyes, reduces glare, and improves visibility when driving.
Tinting your vehicle is an important precaution to take, especially if you drive for long distances, or if you spend a lot of time in your vehicle.
Percentages of Window Tint —What’s the Difference?
If you’re thinking of getting your windows, it’s highly recommended that you get the job done by a professional, because there are percentages involved. And when there are percentages involved, things tend to get a bit overwhelming.
There’s a wide variety of tint percentages available starting from 5 percent to 70 percent, and the lower the number, the darker the tint.
Tint percentage simply means the amount of VLT (visible light transmission) that can come through your vehicle’s windows.5 Percent – this is the darkest tint you can get, but this percentage of tint is illegal in most states. With 5 percent tinted car windows, you can’t see into the vehicle at all, which is why it is mostly used at the back of private cars and limousines.
-20 Percent – this is a great choice if privacy is your reason for tinting, and you can only see through vehicles with this tint level if you’re close up.
-35 percent – it’s easy to see through 35 percent tinted windows, and drivers get this tint for its stylish, and sleek aesthetic appeal.
-50 percent – if you don’t want complete darkness on your windows, get a 50 percent tint job. It will still block UV rays and heat, and reduce eye strain and glare.
Why Hire Sterling’s Customs for Professional Window Tinting?
The professionals in our tint department can help you choose the right percentage of tint for your vehicle.
We are billed as a leading tint provider, and whether you want a slight shade or something darker, you can count on us to install your film with sheer accuracy, expertise, and care.