If you are getting your vehicle’s windows tinted, an important question is how dark should you go? Window tint is great for keeping your car cool in Central Florida’s intense heat, protect against harmful UV rays, give your ride some privacy, add value, and make your car look amazing. 

How dark should you tint your vehicle’s windows 

There are several color options to choose from, depending on why you are having your windows tinted. 

Window tint is calculated in percentages, which is the amount of visible light transmission or light that comes through the window. If you want darker windows, you want the percentage to go down. 

For instance, a 20% tint will only allow 20% of the light to pass through the window, while 70% window tint allows 70% of light to pass through the window. Which means, 20% window tint is much darker than 70% tint.

Florida window tint laws 

Florida has specific vehicle window tinting laws. 

Legal Tint Limit For Passenger Vehicles

Front Windshield: Non-reflective tint is allowed above the manufacturer’s AS-1 line.

Front seat side windows: up to 28% tint darkness allowed

Back seat side windows: up to 15% tint darkness allowed

Rear window: up to 15% tint darkness allowed

Legal Tint For Multi-Purpose Vehilces

Front Windshield: Non-reflective tint is allowed on the top 4 inches of the windshield.

Front seat side windows: up to 88% tint darkness allowed with aftermarket film – up to 70% tint darkness allowed if combined with factory-tinted windows.

Back seat side windows: Any tint darkness can be used

Rear window: Any tint darkness can be used

Why you want your windows tinted

A darker tint, around 20%, is good for increasing privacy and security.  If you want to alleviate headaches from glare and eye strain, you will want to choose a window tint that will block out significant amount of sun light. 

To get the best results, you want to hire an experienced professional to tint your windows.