Volume 9, Issue 5                    November/December  2005


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 Window Film magazine, P.O. Box 569, Garrisonville, VA 22463.

DIY All Over the Place
PHOENIX—With the do-it-yourself (DIY) TV shows in abundance, it’s no wonder the question of DIY window film came up. In the Arizona Republic online print edition, the home and real estate portion of the site features syndicated columnist James Dulley, who responded to an inquiry about DIY film being sold at a home store. The reader mentioned the different films available, noting that “some films looked almost clear while others were darkly tinted,” and asked if film would reduce heat and fading and for advice as to which film is best.
Dulley explained that while most people think to have a permanent window film applied to block the summer sun, that year-round, low-E films are available and give a house benefits similar to that of energy-efficient windows.
After a brief explanation about how film works he mentioned that DIY film comes in rolls or precut kits, but also recommended professional installation for large or numerous windows.
You may remember Dulley from other visits to The Back Page of Window Film magazine (January/February 2005, pg. 40). However, his last appearance here he had been picked up by the TriValleyCentral.com website discussed why some window film can void a window warranty.

Black Eye for the Industry 
Broward County, FLA.—The industry took another blow in September, when the owner of a tint shop in Broward County, Fla., was busted for using the window film dealership as a front for a cocaine ring.
According to the Miami Herald, the sting operation began in 2004 when undercover detectives from the Broward sheriff’s office discovered that Exotic Tint, owned by Michael Bryant, was effectively operating as the front for selling cocaine. Bryant and the others who made up what detectives called essentially a narcotics ring, including Bryant’s brother, Terrance, were moving nearly a kilo of the illegal stimulant every month, the newspaper reported.
While making the arrests, the newspaper reported that the law enforcement agents discovered more than 2 kilos of cocaine as well as Ecstasy and more than $20,000 in cash.

New Meter Made Police Chief More Comfortable
TAYLOR, PA— The police force in Taylor, Pa., can be checked off the big list of police departments awaiting light meters. The city was recently able to purchase four light meters this year to allow the police force to check the darkness of window film on vehicles, the (Scranton, Pa.) Times-Tribune reported.
In Taylor, police can pull over a motorist for merely having tinted windows, rather than issuing a ticket for it while stopping them for another violation.
“There’s a big need, especially at night, and I want to protect my officers,” Taylor police chief Stephen Derenick said.

Energy Efficiency Still Reigns Supreme
Green Bay, Wis.—One of the most recurring reasons window film is in the news is for its energy efficiency properties, and such is the case in the Green Bay Press-Gazette, which ran an article on steps to cut heating costs this winter. Among the tips was adding window film. 
The article included a brief interview with Nick Ferry, president of Window Film Specialists in De Pere, Wis., who was quoted as saying “It will be warm to the touch. Heat is attracted to cold. If the window is warm, it’s not going to escape that way,” explaining that a light bronze tint is the most popular and most effective film for the objective of energy efficiency.
The article further advised against tinting south-facing windows in lieu of using the sun that shines through them to warm the house. A reason for doing so was not stated in the article. 

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