Explore the Benefits of Photochromic Film for Your Home or Commercial Space

Solar Film • Jul 30, 2019

You’ve probably seen those commercials from the 1990s where someone wearing eyeglasses steps outside and their lenses darken to become sunglasses. There is also a window film that works the same as these glasses lenses. When photochromic film (PCF) is exposed to increased UV radiation, the chemical compounds which comprise the film undergo a photochemical reaction. This reaction reverses when the light source dims. Most varieties of PCF react to increased light in about 30 seconds and revert to their clear state after 5 minutes of reduced light. PCF is ideal for both residential and commercial applications.

Benefits of Photochromic FilmUV Protection

Like many other varieties of window film, photochromic film provides 99.9% UV protection. This prevents fading and discoloration or your floors, furniture, and other pieces of decor. Additionally, this protection also applies to your skin. The harmful UV rays which penetrate untinted windows are linked to skin cancer.

Heat Reduction

This film also reduces the amount of heat entering your space. It reflects over 90% of infrared rays, which helps keep your space cool. When your air conditioning doesn’t have to work as hard to maintain the temperature set on the thermostat, you save on energy bills. This eventually recoups the cost of the film and installation, making it a worthwhile investment.

Glare Reduction

While we all love natural light, it can also cast annoying glare across device screens and interfere with the view from your windows. It can even cause headaches and eye strain. In its darkened state, photochromic film dramatically reduces glare. This allows for increased comfort for your family or the occupants of your commercial space.


What truly sets this film apart is its ability to transition from clear to tinted and back to clear without any effort on your behalf. Photochromic film doesn’t require a remote, wall switch, strings, or chords. It automatically reacts to changes in sunlight to darken or lighten.

Reach Out to Solar Film for a Free Quote on Photochromic Film

Locally owned and operated in Richmond, Virginia for over 35 years, Solar Film helps homeowners throughout central Virginia, Williamsburg, and the Northern Neck enhance the value of their homes with improved energy efficiency. We use premium quality 3M™ materials for temperature control, glare reduction, UV protection, privacy, and security window film solutions. As a 3M™Authorized Dealer and member of the Prestige Dealer Network, we offer many varieties of window film. Get in touch with us today for a free quote!

Photo courtesy of Decorative Films.

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