How Dark is Limo Tint & Is It Legal?
There has been a lot of doubts and confusion about using limousine tint for your car. Whether you’re a car buff or you’re just starting your research into upgrading your car with automotive window film, chances are good that you’ve seen or heard of this term before–possibly without even realizing it. This extremely dark form of window tinting appeals to many Valley drivers for its heat- and light-blocking shade, the privacy it provides, and its sleek look. However, if your tint is too dark, you may find yourself getting pulled over by Arizona’s finest and racking up citations. It’s important to know what classifies window film as a “limousine tint” and whether it’s legal in Arizona or not.
What is “Limousine Films?”
Limousine tint refers to a type of automotive window film that blocks out 95% of visible light and only allows 5% of light into the window. (also known as 5% VLT, or visible light transmission). From the outside, very little can be seen of the vehicle’s interior. This is a lot used in limousines and that is where the name comes from.
Make sure that everything is still safe. This type of window tint is a super-dark tint. Especially at night it can obstruct your view a bit. Go to one of your window tint providers, as usually they will have examples of different tints. That way you can decide for yourself if a particular tint is too dark or not. Allowed VLT ratings vary from state to state. Some strict states require 70 percent of the light to make it through the glass. Always make sure that your colored windows are compliant with state law to avoid unnecessary problems.
Making Sure Your Automotive Window Tinting is Compliant with State Law
Arizona state law restricts limousine tint to the back side and rear windows, allowing for no darker than 5% VLT. While 5% VLT tint is legal, a police officer can still issue a citation if they find that the tint of your vehicle’s windows impedes your view or distracts you from driving. Examples of legally dark tint that might still get you pulled over includes tint with smudges, bubbles, tears, or lines. Additionally, if your vehicle has tinted windows, you are required to have dual side mirrors to compensate.
Legal limo tint is an easy upgrade for Arizona drivers seeking privacy and protection. Always check how dark you can tint your windows based on the laws in your state. Here is a great resource for this. We’ve also written an article specifically about Arizona Window Tinting Laws. If you are still not sure what limousine tint to pick, then speak to one of our experts at SmartFilm.
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