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Old 02-06-2014, 05:00 PM   #21
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the output of the bars is so great I doubt you would notice a huge difference with the tint
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I realize the way you are looking at it but you are wrong. Don't take that the wrong way but look at it like this 50% tint is almost completely clear and most definitely doesn't block 50% of the light nor even close to 50% of the light.... Even 27% tint doesn't block 50% percent of the light..... And even if you were right they make different quality tint... My buddy owns a tinting business and the tint that they tint houses with is made to look dark from the outside but from inside you can't notice it is tinted hardly at all.
No, I am not wrong. Tint is not a one way mirror. Yes, part of it depends on what side of the glass it is on for which side LOOKS darker, but you are reducing the light throughput equally on both sides.

Tint is rated by light transmission. 50% means 50% of light is blocked, but light transmission follows an exponential curve. As you get further along the percentage scale, the effect becomes greater.
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My buddy owns a tinting business and the tint that they tint houses with is made to look dark from the outside but from inside you can't notice it is tinted hardly at all.
I'm going to agree with lewis26 on this.

How about you try this with one of the tinted houses you claim to have seen. On a sunny day, go inside and look out the window. You'll see out just fine, correct? And if you go outside and try to look in, it's pretty difficult, right?

Now do the same thing again but at night. Turn some lights on inside and take a look through the window each way. You'll notice that the way you're able to see through the window has swapped around.

Tint is not one way. You're going to be able to see more from the darker side (inside your truck during the day, inside the house on a sunny day, etc.).
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I'm going to agree with lewis26 on this.

How about you try this with one of the tinted houses you claim to have seen. On a sunny day, go inside and look out the window. You'll see out just fine, correct? And if you go outside and try to look in, it's pretty difficult, right?

Now do the same thing again but at night. Turn some lights on inside and take a look through the window each way. You'll notice that the way you're able to see through the window has swapped around.

Tint is not one way. You're going to be able to see more from the darker side (inside your truck during the day, inside the house on a sunny day, etc.).
Look I'm not an expert by any means but a little common sense will tell you that if you put 35% tint on a 20" double row 9800 lumen led light bar it is not going to reduce the light output to 6860 lumens ( 30% of 9800 is 2940, 9800 - 2940=6860)....... Either way my question has become a debate haha so as stated I will test this with pictures this weekend and report back but as stated by the guy before that actually tinted his way darker than 35% I highly doubt there will be much difference at all.
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No, I am not wrong. Tint is not a one way mirror. Yes, part of it depends on what side of the glass it is on for which side LOOKS darker, but you are reducing the light throughput equally on both sides.

Tint is rated by light transmission. 50% means 50% of light is blocked, but light transmission follows an exponential curve. As you get further along the percentage scale, the effect becomes greater.
By the way they do make tint like a one way mirror, it's called mirror tint......
They also make tint that intensifies light output from one way and darkens from another. Same as some costa lens do. Intensifies and brightens light for the looker but at the same time blocks light from darkens from incoming... I would know bc my buddy installed 5% tint on my truck, outside looking in you can't see anything at all but inside looking out you can see as if it wasn't tented. Same goes for it at night when the inside of my truck is lit up with my lumen lights and platinum interior lights you still can't see in from the outside except through the front glass.
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Mirror tint is not one way tint. It is normal tint with a reflective material on one side, meaning yes it harder to see through from the outside than the inside because of how light hits the window, but the amount of light transmission is exactly the same as un-mirrored tint.

Additionally your argument is again invalid because light transmission is not measured in lumens, but rather in lux. Therefore yes you are losing 60% of lux, not lumen.


I will trust my Big Ten engineering education over some "buddy with a tint shop" any day of the week. The science does not agree with your arguments at all.

Do what you want, but don't really see the point in adding lights only to reduce their output again....
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It's black and white that tinting the lights will reduce light transmission. The main question is whether or not you are willing to sacrifice that for the look you're trying to achieve. You may still be happy with the extra light that you get from the bar, even though it's less than it would be if it's un-tinted. Ultimately, that choice is up to you.
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When I wear tinted sunglasses, I cant even tell because it only blocks the light one way lol
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http://www.f150forum.com/f83/texas-l...3/#post3286679

BOOM, solves your "blending in" issue and doesn't rob brand new lights of any output. You're welcome in advance.
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Damn... Mods shut him down for not being a "Vendor" and hawking his product. Hopefully he'll be back, he was selling Light Bars with custom painted interior/exterior from the looks. He had a bad a** blacked out version that looked pretty stealth. Keep your eyes out, it was titled "Texas Light Bar Blow Out."

If the guy that put that post up and had it removed is reading this you'll see your product has some interest. You should re-post or comment!!
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