How Dark Should My Car Tinted Window Be?

Thinking of tinting your car window? Car window tinting offers a lot of advantages. It keeps away the glare of the sun while protecting you from UV rays. It offers more privacy and keeps your car cooler. Lastly, it adds some aesthetic appeal to your car.

So how dark should your tinting be? There are several factors to consider before answering this question.

The Law

Car window tinting is measured in VLT% that is the amount of light that can pass through the window. A VLT of 5% lets in less light and is therefore darker than a 50% VLT

Legally, these figures vary from state to state and from front to rear windows. Front side windows generally have a higher VLT% requirement than rear side windows. Find out the legal requirement for your state before you tint your car window.

The Risk factor

Tinted windows impair visibility, especially at night, thereby increasing your chances of causing an accident. Also, tinted windows rolled up, make you lose eye contact with fellow motorists and cyclists, further increasing your chances of accidents.

Level of Privacy

What level of privacy do you require? Darker tints will offer greater privacy.

Now, let's look at the different VLT % levels and what they offer.

From inside the car, A VLT of 50% is very light and will be barely different from a clear window. There is therefore no real benefit in getting this kind of tint.


A 35% VLT still offers little difference from inside. From the outside, it provides a little privacy. You'll be able to see the outline of the person or objects inside the car but unable to discern their features. A 35% is also fine for night driving.

At 20% VLT, You can still see outlines from outside but not detailed features. Your night vision will be impaired but it is still safe to drive around. However, be ready to be stopped more often by law enforcement officers.

You will not be able to see into a car with a 5% VLT tint. This level of tinting will give you near total privacy. Night driving is however severely hindered, even unsafe, especially in poorly lit areas. You are also more likely than not to be stopped by the police.  

The level of automotive tinting you choose for your car will be determined primarily by your state's legal requirements and the level of privacy and safety you require.Visit a site like for more help.