Residential & Commercial FAQs
Sundown Window Film is a low-cost, high-return energy conservation measure made of micro-thin layers of film combined with high-performance coatings that bond to the glass surface.
Adding Sundown Window Film upgrades your existing windows by improving energy efficiency, cutting glare and reducing damage to furniture due to fading. It also helps make occupants feel more comfortable within the building.
Most windows can be filmed in 15 minutes with minimal or no disruption to building occupants.
The energy savings depend on many factors, such as the existing type of glass, existence of overhangs, your location (climate), and energy rates in your area. However, for most buildings, high-performance window films can reduce energy costs from 5 to 15%.
Though they provide similar energy savings, window films are much cheaper to install than replacement window – about 5-10% of the cost. Therefore, the capital investment is much lower for window film. Many projects produce a simple payback in less than three years (when including utility company rebates) – equivalent to a 33% return on investment!
The installation of window films is very safe. We provide our installers with a list of recommended applications and are confident that the applications are safe when the recommendations are followed. Plus, we provide warranties against glass breakage and seal failure.
In many cases, there is so much solar heat gain before window films are installed that shades or blinds must be kept closed. By applying energy-saving window film, blinds and shades can remain open, allowing more light into the building than before film installation. Plus, window films come in a variety of light transmissions, from very dark (0% light transmission) to very light (80% light transmission).
Films with high Luminous Efficacies, also known as Spectrally-Selective Films, can be the best film in many applications. However, the solar heat rejection of these products is typically less than the highest performance films, so they offer less savings on air-conditioning costs. In addition, films higher in light transmission offer less in the way of glare reduction.
According to U.S. Department of Energy statistics, solar heat gain through windows is responsible for about one third of a building’s cooling costs. Energy-saving window film that can reduce solar heat gain by 75% or more can significantly reduce the run time of air-conditioning systems or allow them to operate at lower load conditions. This can reduce cooling costs in commercial buildings by as much as 30%, lengthen HVAC equipment life, lower maintenance costs for air-conditioning systems, and allow for replacement of cooling equipment with smaller, less expensive equipment.
Most films carry a 10- to 15-year warranty for non-residential installations. Warranties include total film replacement, including labor and materials. Many of our films are on the job, still providing energy savings and improved comfort, 20 years after installation.
In fact, window films can assist with as many as 9 LEED Certification points (out of the 32 required for Silver LEED Certification). The energy savings provided by LLumar films can also assist buildings with their Energy Star Labeling requirements.
FormulaOne® is a microthin film that is installed on the inside of your car windows. It has a patented adhesive system that bonds the film to the glass and can be placed on the back and side windows of your car.
It is a myth that window film has to be dark to be effective. State laws are in effect that outlaw very dark (black-out) window tinting. FormulaOne films come in several different light transmissions – all being neutral in appearance. Window film laws vary from state to state. Check your local laws to ensure that your FormulaOne selection is in compliance.
FormulaOne window film was developed in Martinsville, Virginia by CPFilms Inc., the largest manufacturer of window films in the world, using the same advanced, patented technology used in space to protect astronauts from the harmful effects of the sun.
With proper installation by a trained FormulaOne dealer, your window film will last for a lifetime! FormulaOne is so sure that their film won’t peel, bubble or crack that they back their product with the best warranty in the business.
Each FormulaOne product line is designed to meet certain UV protection, heat rejection and glare reduction criteria. Click here to view the FormulaOne product specification sheet.
FormulaOne window film comes with a manufacturer’s lifetime warranty to replace any defective product for free for as long as you own your vehicle. If there is a problem, just bring your car and warranty card to any FormulaOne dealer from coast to coast and it will be replaced at no charge to you. See an authorized FormulaOne dealer for details. Certain restrictions apply.