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7 methods to test if your reflectors reflect light effectively

7 methods to test if your reflectors reflect light effectively

Safety first, they say. And when we're talking about being out in the dark, reflectors are an invaluable piece of life-saving safety gear. But how do you know that your reflectors are really doing their job and reflecting light effectively? Below are seven thorough methods to help ensure your reflectors are working optimally.

  1. The flashlight test :
  • Using a flashlight is a simple but effective way to test the quality of the reflex. In a completely dark room, point the light of the flashlight directly at the reflector.
  • If the reflector throws back a strong, clear light, you know it is in good condition. If the reflected light is weak or indistinct, it may be a sign that the reflector has lost its effectiveness over time or that it is simply of poor quality.

2. The car test in the evening :


  • This test simulates a real situation where you might be walking or cycling along a road at night. Ask a friend to slowly drive the car towards you in low light while you wear or hold the reflector.
  • The reflector's main purpose is to warn drivers by reflecting their light. If the light from the car's headlights is reflected strongly and clearly, the reflector is effective. If not, it's time to consider a replacement.


3. Comparison with a new reflector :


  • Sometimes it is difficult to determine the effectiveness of the reflector without a point of comparison. By comparing your current reflector with a brand new one, you can easily see if it has lost its reflective ability.
  • An old, worn reflector may look dull or pale compared to a new one, indicating that it may not be working as it should.

4. Photo with flash :


  • With the advancement of technology, most of us have access to a smartphone with a camera. Take a photo of the reflector in a dark room with the camera's flash activated.
  • When you review the photo, the reflector should illuminate brightly, almost as if it has its own light source. If not, it may be a sign that the reflector's light-reflecting properties have decreased.


5. The angle test :


  • The quality of a reflector is not only measured by how it reflects light from directly in front, but also how it performs from different angles.
  • Aim a light source at the reflector from several different angles. A good quality reflector should be able to reflect light effectively even when the light source is coming from an oblique angle.

6. The sunlight test :


  • Although reflectors are designed to be used in low light, you can still use daylight to test them. In direct sunlight, a high-quality reflector should show a distinct sheen or sheen.
  • If your reflector does not show any kind of reflection even in bright daylight, it may be an indication that it has lost its effectiveness.


7. Lifespan and wear and tear :


  • As with all products, reflectors can lose their effectiveness over time due to wear and tear. Inspect the reflector carefully for any signs of damage, scratches or wear.
  • If the reflector looks old, damaged or very worn, its reflective capacity may be greatly reduced. In such cases, it is best to replace it.