I have had at least 5% tint on every truck ive owned...and im on my fourth one now. I have never been stopped for my window tint, but i have recieved one tint ticket from getting pulled over for speeding and he asked me to roll my windows up so he could see how dark they were....
On my jeep i have every window tinted...the front sides at 5%, the back 3 windows with a layer of 5% and 18%, and the front windshield has 35% all the way down it and a 5% strip. and ive never had any problems with the police about it.
Yeah, 5% is about as dark as you can go. That's limo style, you're-not-seeing-in-here kinda thing.
In Hawaii we have yearly safety checks, and part of the check is your tint - you can't be over 32% I believe it is. So there's tons of shops that you pay for them to peel your tint off, safety check the car, and then put the tint back on. It's a whalloping, too - around $300 or so for a small-to-mid-sized car. More around $4-$500 for an SUV or something big. Ridiculous? Absolutely.
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50% minimum VLT on front side windows and 30% minimum VLT on rear windows; or
For SUVs and other multi-purpose vehicle owners with factory installed privacy glass on rear windows, 50% minimum VLT on front side windows.
Illinois drivers continue to have the option of darker privacy film (less than 30% VLT) on rear windows, but may not install film on front side windows if rear windows are less than 30% VLT.
A 5% variance has been drafted into the amended law.
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The reason I was questioning the percentage is because I've never heard of the percentages of light emittance, only percentages of darkness. To make it easy, many of the blue suits I worked with classified as light, medium, dark, limo, and double limo tint. I guess six of one, half dozen of another.