How dark can you tint your windows?

Windows are essential for letting light in and getting a view of the outdoors, however, being able to see out also allows others to peer in. If you own a commercial or residential property or a car that you want to alter to stop the curious glances of others looking in, then you may want to consider window tinting.

If you’re keen to have your windows tinted, you may have a few questions. In this blog, we’ll look at how dark tinted windows can be as well as the regulations in Queensland for commercial, residential and car windows.

How dark can a window tint be?

There are several shades that you can generally get a window tint in. From factory glass, which is the standard transparent glass you often find windows made from, to 5%. The measurement used for the shade of tinted windows is known as VLT, which stands for Visible Light Transmission.


Visible Light Transmission

Visible Light Transmission is measured in percentages. The percentage is a reference to how much light can penetrate through a tinted film. The higher the VLT percentage, the more light is able to pass through a tinted window. You tend to find the shades in 5% (the darkest tint), 10, 20, 30, 50 and 70% (the lightest tint). Anything above 70 is standard factory glass.

Tinting options for residential window tinting

There isn’t typically a VLT limit on tinted residential windows. So, you can have any kind of window tint available on the market. However, you might want a VLT of around 50% or less to avoid too much glare. It’s not so much the glare that you will get in your home, but very dark tinted windows can cause a glare onto other properties.

Tinting options for commercial window tinting

There are many reasons why you might decide to get tinted windows on your commercial property. One of the main reasons is to ensure privacy for a business or organisation. Again for commercial properties, there is no legal limit on how dark you can have your windows, so the choice is up to you.

You may want to take things like aesthetic into consideration, whether or not extremely dark windows will look good for your business, or whether a lighter tint works. As tinted windows are good at keeping out UV heat and light, then a medium-dark tint can deflect some of the harsh light if your commercial building is in a particularly sunny spot.


Car tinting

Car tinting is different from property window tinting in that there’s a legal limit to how dark you can have your windows. The darkness of your window tint will have to be largely dictated by what the law says. However, there are still a few different options for vehicle window tinting that can give you what you want from shaded windows.


What is the darkest legal tint in QLD?

For an automobile, the regulations for maximum window tinting, measured in VLT%, are as follows

– Front side windows: 35%
– Rear side windows: 20%
– Rear window: 35%


Expert window tinting in Queensland

If you would like to add some privacy to your home or business then you can get expert window tinting from Solarmaster Window Film in Brisbane. We ensure we always follow Australian regulations where necessary, so feel free to call us today to learn more or read about the 4 benefits that you need to know about window tinting.