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How 3M™ Scotchlite™ Reflective Material Works

3M™ Scotchlite™ Reflective Material products use a technology known as retroreflection. It helps the eye perceive light in low-light conditions.

In more scientific terms, retroreflection occurs when light rays are returned in the direction from which they came . A large amount of reflected light is returned directly to the original light source, such as a car’s headlights. Since very little light is scattered when the light is returned, retroreflective materials appear brightest to an observer located near the original light source such as behind the wheel of a car.

How do we do it?


Requires a light source