Nightfall is the time when everything winds down and the day comes to an end. At this time, you’ll be preparing to go to sleep, which is why you need to make sure that you have as much privacy as possible. You’ll be glad to hear that we have a solution to this problem — window films! If you’re considering purchasing window films to keep the inside of your home private during nighttime, here’s what you’ll need to know:


Understanding window films

There are several types of window film. Not all of them work the same way, especially at night. Films such as reflective window films help to block out sunlight and UV rays, but they won’t do much for you at night. During the day, reflective window films look like a mirror, as the sunlight bounces off of the glass surface. This effect occurs when the outside of the mirror is brighter than the inside, which means that you won’t get the same effect at night.

Here’s a list of solutions for your nighttime privacy issue:


// Lighting Solutions 

If you’re looking for a reflective window film that works to give you privacy during both the day and the night, unfortunately, this technology simply doesn’t exist due to the nature of how a window film works. The primary issue is window film reflect light away from the film creating the privacy effect if your lights inside you home are on the reflectivity is reversed. However, there are clever ways to retain privacy by using exterior light fitting such as angled downlights to shine directly on the window at a night time providing night time privacy and retaining your view at night. 


// Decorative window film

If you don’t care much about the functionality of the film and are only looking for privacy and a sleek look, decorative window film is your best option. These window films give your windows a dark blue tint, and they will obscure the vision from the outside looking in. Decorative films also come in all tints, thickness, opaqueness, and colours, so you can be sure that there’s one that will fit with the aesthetic of the home you’re going for. The issue with decorative window films, as the name may suggest, is that they are only good for privacy and aesthetic value. These thin sheets of film offer very little in terms of blocking UV and visible light. If you live in an area where the sun shines brightly for the most part of the year, then this may not be the best option for you.


// Blackout Window Film

Blackout window films are the type of film that ensures nobody can see through the window, regardless of the time of day. The window will be completely dark from the outside looking in, and it will be even more so during the night. This may not give your home the best effect and is normally only utilised on commercial building and premises, but if you need maximum privacy or if you have some valuable items that you don’t want people to see, this is the best option for you.


// Perforated window film

Perforated window film is the types of film that you may see on a delivery truck or van. They are made of a mesh-like material with dense opaqueness on one side. You can still peak through the inside out, but when you look from the outside at from some distance away, all you will be able to see is the opaque film. This type of film offers very little in terms of SPF and won’t reflect the light in any way. Therefore, it’s important that you choose the right color to give it a better look. These films usually come in white, but you can also find them in other colors as well. They’re effective at blocking out vision from the outside during both day and night, but obviously, they typically don’t offer the best aesthetic value.


We recommend that if you are concerned about how your window tinting will impact your night time privacy, contacting our team and discussing with our professional sales team the best solution to achieve the desired result. 

We stock a range of films that are designed to be best suited for retaining views in the evening, such as 3M Night Sky and several other brands who offer low reflectivity films that can provide the best options for night time views. 

If you’re looking for the best window tinting company that can help you with your privacy issue, Cooltone is your best option. Contact us today and see what we can do for you.

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