Many people believe that privacy films for day and night both achieve the same results. Unfortunately, the truth is far from it. In reality, day films are a little different from night films. Day reflective films may reflect the vision from anyone peering from the outside, but it will not do much at night. For this reason, a mix of both day and night privacy films is required to maintain perfect privacy no matter the time of day.

Reflective films are an excellent window treatment that has good use cases, but if you want all-day-all-night privacy, they may not be the best option. Here’s a quick breakdown of what they’re good for and what other alternatives you can consider for your needs:


Reflective Films: How Do They Work?

Before we talk about why a reflective film will not work at night for privacy, we must first understand how it works. 

A reflective film reflects light in a similar manner to the way a mirror does. The catch is that it will remember whichever side is brighter. During the daytime, this will work flawlessly. It will reflect vision from the outside while still allowing people from the inside to look outside. At night, however, chances are that the interior is much brighter. This means that anyone inside will not be able to see out, while people outside can see in. 


Solutions For Nighttime Privacy

 If you want privacy from day to night, it may be best to opt out of reflective films and choose from the other options out there such as blackout tints, decorative tints, or even perforated tints. All of these tints will have their advantages and drawbacks.  

Blackout tints essentially make the window black, making looking through it incredibly dark. This is advantageous when trying to achieve privacy for both day and night. This is because it blacks out any light whether it is coming in from the outside or inside. The obvious drawback to this is that anyone inside will not be able to see outside either. Blackout tints also limit the amount of light entering, making the room darker than usual.

Another example would be perforated tints. While it may help in securing privacy while still allowing plenty of light through, it does not offer the best in terms of privacy. That is because if anyone were to get close enough to the window, they may still be able to see through.

Put simply, there are advantages and disadvantages to each tinting option. However, with enough research, you will most likely end up with the solution that offers you the best in terms of privacy during day and night.



If you are trying to achieve all-day-all-night privacy with your window treatments, stay away from reflective films. While it may keep your property private for as long as the sun is up, it will do the opposite come nightfall. However, that doesn’t mean you should swear off window tints completely. Consult experts such as the team at Cooltone so that they can recommend a treatment that will meet your needs.

With the advancement of window tinting options and technology, the disadvantages of each tint are quickly disappearing. This means that one day, you may end up with a single solution that can do everything. Until then, do your research before you have a treatment installed!

Cooltone is a provider of various tinting solutions, from safety and security, to solar and decorative. If you need to install window films at your home in Brisbane, reach out to us today!

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