Volume 9, Issue 4                                      July/August  2005

THE BACK PAGE

Film in the News
Compiled from News Reports Across the World

Window film is a popular item among consumers, and, as such, stories about it pop up 
almost every day in newspapers across the world. 
The Window Film staff has compiled a few on 
this page that we found interesting. To submit articles that you see in consumer or hometown press, please e-mail a link to the story to boleary@glass.com or mail a copy of the article to 
Attn: Window Film magazine, P.O. Box 569, Garrisonville, VA 22463.

When in Doubt
Kansas City, Mo.—The Kansas City Star runs an advice column allowing readers to inquire of professional interior designers for ideas and advice for home improvements. In a recent column, designers Carolyn Wear and Sallie Kytt Redd were asked what window treatments they would recommend to give privacy to windows that are standard than normal. Along with advice for choosing the right fabric treatments to compliment both the house and the owner’s taste, the designers recommended that the reader also look into window to reduce heat gain/loss through the windows.

Georgia Isn’t the Only One …
Seoul—South Korea is among the nations tightening its laws on vehicle window tint. According to an article in The Korea Times, current laws require “the form of a passenger inside the vehicle” be distinguishable from at least 10 meters away. Under the new law, light meters will measure the visible light transmission (VLT).

What the VLT limit will be is unclear, but the article indicated that Seoul police would hold public hearings to determine specific criteria for tint laws, which will go into affect in 2006 after a one-year adjustment period. 

A New Place for Window Film
Olympia, Wash.—Intercity Transit (IT) in Washington State is planning to spend $289,000 on new bus stop shelters this year, The Olympian reported. Among the improvements being made to the bus stops include the use of decorative window film. 

According to the article, frosted film that will give the appearance of etched glass will be installed on the glass in 20 shelters in hopes to discourage vandals.

“It deters vandalism and enhances the look of the shelter,” said Meg Kester, IT spokeswoman. “By deterring vandalism, we’re also saving money.”

Your Own Private Article
Fresno, Calif.—The Fresno Bee not only mentioned window film, it dedicated a whole article to the benefits and diversity that window film can provide. The article by Nzong Xiong explained the how window film can be used in residential applications and included an interview with Lee Garcia, owner of Fresno Tint in Pinedale, Calif.

“It’s more than just for comfort and saving money on your PG&E bill; it protects your skin and life” from harmful ultraviolet rays, Garcia was quoted as saying.

Nzong also outlined the different options for having tint installed, including the do-it-yourself approach, and how to care for windows after film has been applied. 

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