Reflective Films For Traffic Sign


Reflective films are usually used for engineer safe products, made as safety reflective straps, police safety vest reflective, safety tape for trucks, etc. We often see reflective film product as traffic signs, like Street signs, Information Signs, Cautionary Signs, Mandatory Signs and so on, all of them have reflection feature to enhance the visibility of these signs, reduce traffic accident and avoid other unnecessary safety accident.

Here are reflective films’ parameters from XW Reflective, please check.

Code Face Film Durability Reflection Size Feature
Screen Print Digital Print Plotter Cutting
XW5100 PET 3 years 40 1.24M*45.7M N/A N/A
XW5102 PET+ Acrylic 5 years 50 1.24M*45.7M N/A
XW5200 Acrylic 5 years 50 1.24M*45.7M N/A
XW5300 Acrylic 5 years 40 1.24M*45.7M N/A
XW5104 PET + Acrylic 7 years 70 1.24M*45.7M N/A
XW7200 Acrylic 7 years 70 1.24M*45.7M N/A

High-Intensity Grade Reflective Sheeting has a high reflective effect, range 200-288 reflection. These high-reflection materail can be used to manufacture as Highway Signs, Regulatory Signs, School Signs Gui Signs, etc. Drivers can see the reflective signs in a long distance because of high reflection. Here are high-intensity reflective films’ parameters of XW Reflective.

Code Face Film Durability Reflection Size Feature
Screen Print Digital Print Plotter Cutting
XW1500 PVC 3 years 200 1.24M*45.7M N/A
XW1600 PET 3 years 220 1.24M*45.7M N/A
XW1700 PET + Acrylic 7 years 255 1.24M*45.7M
XW1800 Acrylic 10 years 288 1.24M*45.7M

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FAQ Guide for Reflective Traffic Signs


  1. What are reflective traffic signs?

Traffic signs are thin sheets with symbols, numbers, shapes used to communicate to drivers or motorists on roads. But it can be difficult to see traffic signs at night. And invisible traffic signs can lead to accidents on roads at night.

To make traffic signs visible at night, they are coated with a reflective film that reflects light to a vehicle’s headlights. This helps drivers to see the symbols and instructions on traffic signs, thereby preventing accidents and ensuring safety on the road.

  1. How do reflective traffic signs work?

Reflective traffic signs work by the principle of retro-reflectivity. Retroreflectivity is the property of a material to reflect light that falls on it to its source.

Reflective traffic signs are made of glass or prismatic beads which are retro-reflective in nature. Prismatic beads are coated on a thin aluminum sheet or film. They are then designed into signs or shapes and used as traffic signs.

So, when light from a vehicle’s headlights falls on the traffic sign, the coated glass beads reflect it to headlights. This makes the reflective traffic signs visible at night and low visibility areas.

  1. What are the 7 main types of reflective traffic signs?

Traffic signs come in different forms. They include regulatory:

  • Regulatory signs
  • Warning signs
  • Cautionary signs
  • Guide signs
  • Street signs
  • Mandatory signs
  • Information signs
  1. What are the 8 main types of traffic sign colors?

There are 8 main colors used for reflective traffic signs. These colors are:

  • red
  • yellow
  • white
  • orange
  • black
  • green
  • blue

Red colours are used as stop or prohibited signs. Yellow colours are for warning signs and white colours for regulatory signs. Orange colours are for construction signs and black for regulatory signs. Green colours are used for guide signs, blue colours for motorist services and brown colours for public recreation.

  1. Are stop signs reflective?

Yes, stop signs are reflective because they are coated with glass beads which repel light to its source.

  1. What makes traffic signs so reflective?

Traffic signs are so reflective because they are made of prismatic glass beads that are retro-reflective in nature. This allows traffic signs to reverse light that falls on it to their source.

  1. Is aluminum used for road signs?

Yes, most traffic signs are made of aluminum. An aluminum sheet is covered with retro-reflective plastic film coating to reflect light at night or low visibility areas.

Aluminum is mostly used for traffic signs because it is lightweight but strong and does not rust. This makes aluminum ideal for outdoor traffic sign applications. Also, aluminum sheets can easily be customized and printed in different colours, shapes and sizes.

Different types of aluminum are used for reflective  traffic signs, depending on the type of it’s application.

Some reflective traffic signs are also made of plastic. In this case the retroreflective sheet is coated on a plastic object instead of aluminum. Most reflective traffic films made of plastic are temporal.

  1. What industries use reflective traffic signs?

Reflective traffic signs have applications in a wide range of industries. Some of the top industries that use reflective traffic signs are:

  • Automobile industry
  • Construction industry
  • Transportation industry
  • Factories
  • Schools
  • Hospitals
  1. What types of reflective traffic signs do XW Reflective produce?

As a leading reflective sheeting manufacturer, XW Reflective specializes in manufacturing quality reflective films for your traffic signs.

Our high-intensity grade reflective sheeting can be used for highway signs, regulatory signs, guide signs, cautionary signs, school signs, information signs, etc.

XW Reflective offers you high-grade reflective sheeting like XW1500, XW1600, XW1700, and XW1800.

  1. Can I get a customized reflective traffic sign from XW Reflective?

Yes, XW reflective can supply you with customized reflective films for your traffic signs.