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Is it legal to tint headlights with a vinyl film?

Florentino Evasco Jr.


I don't know if it's legal or not, but if the tint reduces light transmission, then it's not a good idea. Tinting the headlight reduces the amount of light being projected by the headlights, thereby reducing visibility. Combine that with a tinted windshield and you've got a visually impaired driver (who unknowingly did this to himself) and an accident waiting to happen.

Some piece of trivia: There are differences between the headlight patterns of Europe- and US-standard vehicles, by the way. Those designed according to US standards supposedly have a spread pattern (the distance and the width of the illuminated area) that's not as "good" as European standards with regard to beam cutoff among other things.

Bottom line: Whether it's legal or illegal, do not do it if it will compromise safety.

Best regards,

Ferman Lao
Technical Editor

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Wearing the hats of a race car driver, driving instructor, grease monkey, tuner, dyno operator, auto shop owner, motoring journalist and CAGI president at one time or another, or all at once, deep down he's just another guy who loves cars.
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