REFLECTIVE FABRIC QUICK GUIDE
Reflective fabric for clothing is made of substrate, composite glue, reflective layer, and glass beads, widely used for outdoor safety reflective products, such as safety equipment, safety uniforms, work clothing, sanitation clothing.
Reflective Webbing Ribbon
- SEW ON or IRON-ON
- Oxford, Grosgrain tape, Webbing tape, Tricot fabric
- Customizable Transfer Printing Reflective Webbing
- High Customizable
- Certified by UL, SATRA, TEXTEST to comply with EN 469, NFPA 701, NFPA 2112, NFPA 1971, EN 14116, EN 20471, ANSI 107, CSA-Z96, etc.
- Treatment FR cotton, Natural FR Aramid
- FR Heating Transfer Vinyl Films
- For workwear, fashion cloth, screen printing, graphic design
- iron-on reflective stripes or logo designs and letterings
- Colors customizable
- Shape customizable
- Certified EN13356, EN 20471
- Available in any width and color, with different patterns such as W or brick shape.
- Waterproof and dustproof with high reflectivity.
- Recommended use to high vis clothing, outdoor wear, life vest, bags, shoes etc.
- The rainbow reflective fabric also called iridescent fabric or neon reflective fabric
- show different reflective colors at different angles
- Available for reflective cloth or Heat transfer reflective vinyl
- Recommended use to sportswear, fashion apparel, reflective shoes, backpacks etc.
♦ FAQ GUIDE – Know More About Reflective Fabric
Here is the quick FAQ guide about reflective fabric material, you can click the question to get the answer.
Reflective safety products’ application benefits from the reflective effect of the reflective fabric tape.
So XW Reflective transfers the microbeads to the cloth base through the aluminized plant film to achieve the reflective effect of reflective fabric tape. Moreover, whether day or night, Reflective fabric always express excellent retroreflective feature, can reflect the direct light from a long distance back to the luminous place.
As we all know, there are kinds of reflective material in the market, the most common reflective fabric materials are reflective chemical fiber cloth and reflective T / C cloth.
XW Reflective is one of a leading reflective fabric supplier in China, mainly manufacture and provide glossy reflective clothing, high gloss reflective fabric, reflective hear transfer film, reflective fireproof fabric, reflective tape, reflective glass bead tape, elastic reflective fabric, reflective lattice belt and so on.
All of these reflective products have different features & applications, with different reflection values and parameters, already passed TUV testing and American ANSI certification, top quality exceeding European (EN471) standards.
Reflective fabrics are made of a base textile which is coated with adhesives and micro glass beads or prisms. It is running through a variety of processing technology including coatings, composites, along with processing methods such as hot pressing. The micro-glass bead for producing high and silver reflective fabrics are half coated with aluminum to improve the reflective coefficient significantly. It reflects light back to the light source, making it an excellent material that can be used for safety and effective visibility especially during the night time to identify an object.
Reflective fabrics are made of a base textile which is coated with adhesives and micro glass beads or prisms. It is running through a variety of processing technology including coatings, composites, along with processing methods such as hot pressing transfer. The micro-glass bead for producing high and silver reflective fabrics are half coated with aluminum to improve the reflective coefficient significantly. It reflects light back to the light source, making it an excellent material that can be used for safety and effective visibility especially during the night time to identify an object.
Reflective material categories into reflective sheeting and reflective fabric, reflective fabric tape applies for personal safety and fashion application. Reflective fabric always shows in our daily life as we all know, such as reflective clothing, safety vest, reflective hat, reflective bag, etc. And reflective material has 4 points features as below:
Reflective material is category into reflective sheeting and reflective fabric, reflective fabric is aim for personal protection. A good reflective material can protect lives, typically in the poor light situation, and suitable for its application as well. For a firefighter, it must be available for fire retardant, for a miner, it must be available for industrial washing. For applications that don’t have such strict requirements, we’ll have more options. For example, When you need the TC reflective fabric for more than 420 cd/lux/sq. XW2606-6A silver TC reflective tape will be a good choice. However, if the material shall be industrial washable, then XW2720-6 reflective fabric tape with 25 cycles of industrial washing could meet with both requirements.
The best reflective fabric is what best suitable for the exact applications. Such as, for firefighter, the reflective material for coat must be flame retardant available. For highway traffic signage reflective sheeting, it shall be at least prismatic type reflective material, even diamond grade. For small street signage, engineer grade reflective vinyl is better. Too bright will make it difficult to tell the information printed on the signage. Then this signage will be no sense. For traffic cones, the traffic cone reflective sheeting itself is also important to decide the suitable material, like PP or HDPE.
To well match the best reflective material for its applications, we will take the following into account: printing method, durability requirements, reflection, base material, etc.
To figure out this question, you have to know that reflective and glow in the dark are two different meanings.
Things (surfaces) can be reflective, absorbing or transmitting.
In the case of reflective, when we talk about reflection here, we are referring to Retroreflection. Some surfaces exhibit retroreflection. The structure of these surfaces is such that light is returned in the direction from which it came. So if you need to see the reflective item, you should have light comes to the surface at the same time.
While we also have other materials, also know as photoluminescent materials which can absorb light in the daytime while giving light at dark time. They don’t need light to come to the surface to make it glow while it still can be seen without any light.
So when you see something glowing in the dark, it can be Self-luminous or reflective.
For reflective sheeting, we test by ROADMASTER according to ASTM D4956\EN12899, Observation angle: 0.2, Entrance angle： -4. While we test reflective fabric according to EN20471/ANSI107, Observation angle: 12’ Entrance angle：5.
We normally use cd/m2 to calculate the reflectivity. It indicates how much luminous power will be detected by an eye looking at a light-emitting surface from a particular angle or point of view. In this case, the solid angle of interest is the solid angle subtended by the eye’s pupil. Luminance is thus an indicator of how bright the surface will appear.
Reflective fabric is one of the essential materials for personal safety, now days, this reflective material also gets more popular in the fashion industry. Reflective tape is composed of lens glass beads with different backing fabric, the most common materials are polyester, T/C, spandex. For fashion garments, we also supply reflective heat transfer vinyl, rainbow reflective fabric, and reflective printing fabric.
In order to match the characteristics and uses of other products, reflective material is manufactured as different reflectivity, backing fabric, washing cycles reflective tape for daily necessaries application, usually divide into reflective cloth, reflective thermosensitive film, reflective yarn, reflective logo and other products for various style of application.
Reflective fabric generally requires to pass the washing cycles, normally we are talking about domestic washing cycles for most of reflective fabric. Domestic washing ISO 6330, 6n, at 60℃ for 25 washing cycles, the reflective fabric remains the minimum coefficient of retro-reflection after domestic washing cycles, rainfall, and cold temperature. Moreover, some specific reflective fabric is requiring to qualify for industrial wash, this reflective material is applied for reflective garments for oil, petrol, or mining application.
Reflective material tape can reflect original light under the lighting of headlamp light or road light. I think many drivers know that when you are driving on the highway. As the name suggests, reflectivity is one of the most important characteristics of reflective materials.
It is precisely because of the reflective nature that reflective materials can provide the most effective and reliable personal safety guarantee at night or in poor sight environments.
Reflective material usually has a better wide-angle, so that reflective fabric also can keep a good reflective effect, reflect light directly even there is a wide-angle between reflective film and lighting.
This wide-angle feature of reflective fabric material is applied to the production of reflective work clothes like uniforms of traffic police, which can well improve the personal safety in the dark situation, such as roadway, construction work zone, etc.