Natural light not only brightens our living and work spaces, but research has shown that it actually makes us perform better and even provides health benefits by boosting our bodies’ Vitamin D levels. If you are considering adding window film to your home or office, you may worry that the film will prevent natural light from coming in and make these environments dark and unpleasant.
The good news is that if you use the right window film, you can keep a great deal of that beneficial natural light, while reducing some of the less desirable effects of the sun such as:
1) Excessive Heat
When it’s hot outside, window film can drastically reduce the heat of the sun coming through your windows. And when you choose the right film, you can still have lots of that glorious natural light. 3M™ Sun Control Window Film is a great example. It reduces the heat that comes in through windows by 50% or more so you can stay more comfortable inside.
2) UV Ray Damage
Sun cannot only damage our skin, but it can wreak havoc on our home and office furnishings all year-round. The sun’s UV rays can cause furniture, window treatments, carpet, and other interior décor to fade. Research estimates that it accounts for as much as 40% of fading damage of these objects. 3M window film blocks up to 99% of the sun’s harmful UV rays, protecting your valuable items so that they hold their colors longer.
While natural light is very beneficial to us, there are times when the glare from the sun affects our productivity. This is especially true when the sun is shining in our faces or creating glare on the surfaces we use day in and out, like computer, mobile device, and TV screens. Quality window film greatly reduces glare by redirecting the sun’s rays toward the ceiling, while still allowing a great deal of natural light to filter in.
What About Privacy?
You might assume that letting in more light will reduce your privacy, but that doesn’t have to be the case. There are window films designed specifically to allow natural light in, while allowing you to see out, and at the same time, reducing the visibility of those who might want to see inside. 3M™ Sun Control Window Films, Night Vision™ Series offers enhanced views from the inside looking out, especially at night, while enhancing privacy with higher reflectivity for those on the outside wanting a view inside. This film still allows 15-35% of natural light into your rooms by day, while blocking up to 71% of the sun’s heat, significantly blocking harmful UV rays and reducing glare and eye discomfort. It is made of scratch-resistant coating to ensure clear visibility as well.
Some Window Film Is Designed to Increase Natural Light
While many 3M window films allow us to have lots of beneficial natural light, there are some newer window films that actually increase natural light in commercial and residential spaces. 3M™ Daylight Redirecting film for commercial use, for example, redirects as much as 80% of light coming into buildings, bringing natural light deeper inside. It helps to light rooms as deep as 40 feet from windows. This can reduce your dependence on electrical lighting for energy efficiency.
Carolina Solar Security is a premium 3M™ Authorized Window Film Dealer in Wilmington, NC. We have been providing North Carolina homeowners and business owners with window tinting solutions since 1985 and never stop working to bring our customers the best products paired with the most skilled window film technicians. Reach out to us for your free quote today!