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There's more to solar films than just protecting car occupants from the Sun's harmful UV rays. Learn more about them here.

Category: Car Ownership Advice

Definition of solar film & its uses

In a tropical country like Singapore, there is plenty of sunshine all year round. With the changing climates posing a threat to our living environment, the thinning of our ozone layer induces harmful radiations from the Sun, with consequential effects on our personal well-being.

With most of us spending a considerable amount of time each day commuting, it is important to find ways to negate the adverse effects. That brings us to the topic - how does solar film help to reduce the negative effects of radiation?

Solar film has been introduced in the automotive industry a long while back, and has been increasingly seen as a commodity rather than an optional accessory. With improving product knowledge, there is a shift in public's perception towards solar film; from pure aesthetical value to more functional, deducible benefits.

Our cars work like a mini-green house. Solar energy can penetrate through the glass windscreens and windows to reach the cabin. Solar film has the primary functions of deflecting undesirable elements from the Sun, such as infra-red heat, ultraviolet rays. By limiting the amount of light entering the cabin, the films can also reduce glare from bright sunlight, thus improving visibility.

Some common misconceptions about solar film is that the darker the colour of the film, the better the radiation rejection. In some cases, the use of poor construction materials may lead to discoloration of the film, hence giving it a darker shade.
Advantages of using a solar film

Solar films, in general, protect the car occupants from the Sun's harmful UV rays. Taking Infratint solar films for example, it is fabricated using strenuous procedures that are synonymous with the Japanese culture - known as the 'sputtering' process. During the fabrication, positive ions are compacted onto a thin polyester film - this is to ensure that during application, the negative ions on the target glass panel will be evenly spread out, resulting in a long-lasting and effective protection.

As the Sun's UV rays causes damages such as sunburn, damage to eyes, causes of premature aging and skin cancer, having a high UV rate gives vehicle occupants significant protection from these dangers. Infratint's sputtering technique, which is also a breakthrough in Japanese technology in developing films, offers up to 99.6% UV rays rejection, immediately minimising the said dangers.

Another advantage of using a solar film is the possibility of maintaining a cooler temperature in your car's cabin. Infratint solar films offers up to 99% rejection of infra-red radiation (IRR) which significantly minimises distraction from the Sun's glare while driving. This also reduces the stress of driving and will allow you to focus in our already packed roads. More relevantly, this eases the strain on the air-conditioning unit, resulting in overall reduced fuel consumption and savings.

Solar films also provide occupants with privacy. Available with a tinted option, drivers need not worry about intrusive onlookers. As Infratint offers tinted solar films that are compliant with LTA's regulations, occupants are able to enjoy a comfortable ride with more privacy. More notably, all these are achieved while providing a very high Visible Light Transmission (VLT) of 78% without signal interruptions and oxidisation.

Rules & regulations

Similar to other after-market modifications, LTA has list down a set of regulations for window films:
  1. Solar films must not be of reflective nature.
  2. The resultant light transmittance for the front windscreen and two front side windows must be at least 70%.
  3. The resultant light transmittance for the rear windscreen and the rear passenger windows must be at least 25%.
  4. The front windscreen must not prevent, obstruct or interfere with the transmission of signals between the In-vehicle Unit (IU) and Electronic Road Pricing (ERP) facility.
While owners may set off in search for their ideal product, it is just as important to ensure that the solar film passes the local regulations, so as to have a peace of mind during the use.

Why choose Infratint

Tested and proven to block up to 99.6% of harmful UV rays and 99% of Infra-Red rays (IRR) from the Sun, Infratint solar films also acts as a layer of protection for the incumbents against the harmful radiations. As a result, the film is effective in keeping the interior of the car cool on a scorching day.
More importantly, Infratint solar films have undergone testing at the local and Malaysian authorities, and is compliant to both LTA's and JPJ's set of visual clarity regulations. While the film acts as an effective layer of protection, it ensures clear vision at all times, and does not hinder any data transmission or signals from the In-vehicle Unit through the windscreen.

With a team of trained specialist tasked with the installation of the film, quality of the finished product is also assured. Moreover, as solar films need to be installed in a dust-free environment to prevent dust particles from causing the window panels to look dirty, it is important that solar films are not installed in an open area. Considering this vital factor, Infratint is equipped with a fully air-conditioned installation facility which helps to ensure that the application process is free from dust and pollutants.

With Infratint's Sputtering Technology combined with their professional installation, they are able to minimise the possibility of oxidisation, cracking and peeling, as well as reduce glass failure. Plus, they have three different packages available to suit your requirements: Smoke (with 2 years warranty), Titanium (5 years warranty), and Platinum (7 years warranty), assuring quality that lasts to give owners a peace of mind.

Product with installation for normal sedans starts from $188, with prices starting from $238 for MPVs and SUVs. Infratint Automotive Film is located at 32 Old Toh Tuck Road, I.Biz Centre, #01-10. For more information and user reviews on Infratint Automotive Film, please click here.
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