Red Reflective Tape – (Click to go to our Online Store)
Red reflective tape is very popular and is often used in applications to designate either danger or the need to stop. A stop sign would be an example of this. This material is available in 1″, 2″, 3″, 4″, 6″, 8″, 12″ and 24″ widths. Colored tapes are not as bright as white tape but they do have the advantage of reflecting a color that in turn sends a message to the viewer. Red would be danger, yellow would be caution, green would be go and so on. White is bright but often looks like a car headlight.
The red tape above on the left is our Crystal Grade Type 8 Prismatic tape. It would be comparable to what is known as a diamond grade material. It is a thick, tough material. (about the thickness of a guitar pick) It does well on flat surfaces but is too thick to go around corners or curves.
The roll on the left in the picture above is our Reflexite V82 Type 5 material. It is a thin, flexible material and will go around tighter corners and curves. It is about the thickness of two sheets of paper. It is very bright and has an outdoor rating of 10 years. It has an intensity of 120 candelas.
The next roll is our V92 Daybright Red reflective tape. It is the same thickness as the V82 and has a more pronounced pattern. It is rated for 5 years. On applications out of direct sunlight it will last longer. The intensity of V92 Red is 75 candelas.
Our V98 Red is very similar to the V92 Red but thicker and conformable. We have another picture of that tape to the left. It is the film that we use for all of our reflective shapes. It is extremely tough and very easy to work with. It can be applied, removed and repositioned. After 48 hours it sets and reaches its maximum adhesion. It is widely used for chevron stripes on fire apparatus. In can be used in conjunction with our reflective shapes (dots) to stripe both smooth and diamond plated areas on fire trucks. It reflects at 130 candelas.
The High Intensity Type 3 red rolls have the honey comb pattern and use microscopic glass beads to reflect light. Red High Intensity reflects at at rate of 45 candelas. It is a 10 year rated tape.
Lastly, our flexible engineer grade red reflective reflects at approximately 21 candelas and is our most affordable tape. It has no pattern and is widely used for vehicle graphics, letters, numbers and striping.
The tape to the left is called Oralite 5900 High Intensity Prismatic. It is a new product developed by Orafol / Reflexite. It is classified as a type 4 material. It utilizes air backed prismatic technology which makes the colors more vivid than standard reflective tape. It is also very bright. The HIP red reflects at 90 candelas.
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Type 5 – V82 Prismatic Grade (colebrothers.com)
Type 8 – Crystal Grade – similar to a diamond grade. (colebrothers.com)
Steven Cole (Economics, MBA – University of West Florida , Business & Innovation – Stanford University) 25 years of experience in the reflective safety business. Specializing in accident reduction for vehicles through increased visibility.