Tinting Your Car Windows is like Putting Sunglasses On Your Car

Tinting Your Car Windows is like Putting Sunglasses On Your Car
October 08 07:53 2016 Print This Article

So, you probably wear sunglasses to protect your eyes from ultraviolet radiation, right?

Ok, ok, sure. Yes, you probably picked the sunglasses that you like to wear because you like the way they look on you. Sure.  But you wear these sunglasses—any pair of sunglasses—because they serve a purpose beyond just shading your eyes from the sun.

Indeed, sunglasses protect your eyes from potentially harmful ultraviolet radiation.

You know what, you also probably wear sunscreen for the same reason: to protect your skin from potentially dangerous ultraviolet radiation.

These are both very good ideas, don’t you agree? Of course, you do; so why have you not tinted the windows in your car?

No, seriously: Tech Teinte window tinting is not just something you do because you want to look cool or have a little privacy. Indeed, tinting your car’s windows actually protects you from ultraviolet radiation.

WHAT IS ULTRAVIOLET RADIATION

Ok, so now that we have mentioned it several times you are probably wondering a little about ultraviolet radiation. Well, the basic explanation is that UV radiation, as it is called, sits on a part of the electromagnetic spectrum and is beamed to Earth from the sun.  UV rays are “shorter” than visible light’s wavelength (so we can’t see them).

IS UV RADIATION REALLY DAMAGING?

Wel, yes and no.  There are three classifications of UV light: UVA, UVB, and UVC.  UVA is the longest wavelength, measuring between 320 and 400 nanometers. FYI, a single nanometers is equal to one-billionth of a meter. And there are actually two sub-classifications for UVA radiation.  UVB falls within the 290 to 320 nm range. UVC is the smallest (below 290 nm) and typically is absorbed back into the atmosphere, which means it never actually makes it the Earth.

Both UVA and UVB, then, can damage the skin (and the eyes).

UV RADIATION AND SKIN CANCER

While UV radiation damage is not immediately detrimental to your skin, prolonged exposure can be.  Sustained exposure results in skin reddening and sunburn. This can be mostly harmless if you cease exposure before too long. However, if you concentrate the exposure for too long, you definitely increase your risk for skin cancer.

But here is more good news: the most prominent hours of sunlight (in the West, basically) is between 10amd and 4pm. These are times of day during which most people at work.

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