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Reflective Material
  • Reflective material refers to any type of fabric, sheet, or tape that can be added to an item of clothing or accessories like hats, caps, bags, shoes. It may be available with or without adhesion in tape format, as vinyl sheets for hot pressing, or as sew-on fabrics.
  • You can use reflective material for advertisements as well as for making unique fashionable designs. We provide multi-colored reflective materials for clothing, automobiles, boats, traffic signs, road signs, shopping centers, etcetera.
  • YGM is a pioneer in producing high-quality reflective materials of various types customized to your requirements. Our range of reflective materials are constructed to resist harsh weather and low-visibility conditions to keep the wearer illuminated thanks to the lowest scattering of reflected light.
  • Let’s get started on this comprehensive product buying guide for reflective material in wholesale!

Why choose YGM Reflective Material?

Reflective Material Category

1. Silver Reflective Material for Clothing

Silver Reflective Material for Clothing

Reflectivity: 400-500cd/lx/m²
Color: Silver
Backing Fabric: 100% polyester or T/C
Certificate: Oeko-Tex Standard 100, ENISO20471, ANSI107

2. High Reflective Material for Clothing

High Reflective Material for Clothing

Reflectivity: 260-400cd/lx/m²
Color: Grey
Backing Fabric: 100% polyester or T/C
Certificate: Oeko-Tex Standard 100, ENISO20471, ANSI107

3. Ordinary Reflective Material for Clothing

Ordinary Reflective Material for Clothing

Reflectivity: 10-30cd/lx/m²
Color: Grey or any color
Backing Fabric: 100% polyester or T/C

4. Reflective Heat Transfer Vinyl

Reflective Heat Transfer Vinyl

Reflectivity: 300-400cd/lx/m²
Color: Silver, Grey, Yellow/Silver/Yellow, Red/Silver/Red
Backing Fabric: PES or TPU
Certificate: Oeko-Tex Standard 100, ENISO20471, ANSI107

5. Colors High Reflective Heat Transfer Vinyl

Colors High Reflective Heat Transfer Vinyl

Reflectivity: There are two kinds of series
High Reflective Colorful Series: 60-80cd/lx/m²
Ordinary Colorful Series: 10-20cd/lx/m²
Color: Any color
Backing Fabric: PES or TPU

6. Rainbow Reflective Heat Transfer Vinyl

Rainbow Reflective Heat Transfer Vinyl

Reflectivity: 40-60cd/lx/m²
Color: Rainbow color
Backing Fabric: PES or TPU

7. Segmented Reflective Heat Transfer Vinyl

Segmented Reflective Heat Transfer Vinyl

Reflectivity: 300cd/lx/m²
Color: Silver, Grey, Yellow/Silver/Yellow, Red/Silver/Red
Backing Fabric: PES or TPU

8. Flame Retardant Reflective Material

Flame Retardant Reflective Material

Silver: 400-500cd/lx/m²
Yellow/Silver/Yellow, Red/Silver/Red: 350-400cd/lx/m²
Fluo Yellow, Fluo Red: 20-80cd/lx/m²
Color: Silver, Yellow/Silver/Yellow, Red/Silver/Red, Fluo Yellow, Fluo Red
Backing Fabric: 100% cotton or aramid
Certificate: Oeko-Tex Standard 100, ENISO20471, UL

9. Elastic Reflective Material

Elastic Reflective Material

Silver: 400-500cd/lx/m²
Any color: 20-80cd/lx/m²
Color: Silver or any color
Backing Fabric: 85% polyester+15% spandex
Certificate: Oeko-Tex Standard 100, ENISO20471, ANSI107

10. Reflective Ribbon Material

Reflective Ribbon Material

Reflectivity: >250cd/lx/m²
Color: Fluo Yellow / Fluo Green / Fluo Orange or customized
Backing Fabric: Woven tape or Oxford tape
Woven or oxford tape with reflective vinyl ironed on
Woven or oxford tape with reflective tape sewed on

11. Perforated Reflective Materi

Perforated Reflective Material

Reflectivity: 300-350cd/lx/m²
Color: Silver, Grey, Yellow/Silver/Yellow, Red/Silver/Red
Backing fabric: 100% polyester, T/C, 85% polyester+15% spandex, 100% cotton, 100% aramid, PES or TPU

12. PVC Reflective Material

PVC Reflective Material

Reflectivity: 100-250cd/lx/m²
Color: White, Yellow, Red, etc
Backing Fabric: PVC

13. Reflective Thread Material

Reflective Thread Material

Color: Silver, Gray
Backing Fabric: PET film
Single-sided reflective
Double-sided reflective

14. Reflective Piping Material

Reflective Piping Material

Color: Silver, Gray or any color
Backing Fabric: 100% polyester, T/C or 85% polyester+15% spandex
Composition: Grey/silver/colorful reflective fabric, cotton core and mesh fabric

15. Luminous Reflective Material for Clothing

Luminous Reflective Material for Clothing

Luminous Intensity: Up to 8000Mcd/m²
Color: Fluo Yellow or any color
Backing fabric: 100% polyester, T/C, 100% cotton or TPU
Properties: Luminescent Reflective, FR, Dull Polish, Mirror Luminescent, etc

16. Reflective Fabric Material

Reflective Fabric Material

Fabric Color: black, white, red, grey, blue, and other colors
Backing Fabric: 100% polyester, T/C, or spandex fabric, etc
Reflective Color: Silver color/ Rainbow color(Aurora rainbow, Segmented rainbow, Blue purple-light rainbow) / Gradient color, etc

17. Reflective Tape Material

Reflective Tape Material

Color: White, yellow, red, green, blue, orange, brown, black, etc. Accept customized
Material: PET type, Acrylic type, PC type and PVC type
Advertisement/Engineering/High intensity/High intensity prismatic grade reflective tape
Double color reflective tape
Red silver reflective tape

Frequently Asked Questions About Reflective Material

Table of Contents

To understand reflective material in detail, take a few minutes to go through our comprehensive FAQ guide about all aspects of it including main types, quality control, packaging, how to order, and much more.

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What Is Reflective Material? What are the different types of reflective materials? How Does It Work?

Reflective material works on the basis of the ‘retroreflection theory’. In this principle, the incident light reflects the light back from the reflective surface sans any scattering at all. That’s how it permits the person at the light source to see anyone wearing the reflective fabric.

To explain more, the reflective fabric of any type mostly consists of a layer coated with glass beads that aid in the reflection of light without scattering. Most of the reflective materials also come with an aluminum backing to enhance the reflectivity of the glass beads, especially in low-vis conditions.

Principle of Reflective Material
YGM Reflective Logo

At YGM, we have one of the largest varieties of reflective materials. Here’s the long list of all types of reflective material you need to know about:

  • Reflective tape: This is the biggest category of reflective material and you have a wide variety of options to pick from. The best thing is reflective tapes come with adhesion that makes them easy to use and customize too. From silver to high-reflective, ordinary reflective, flame retardant, elastic, PVC, and luminous, there are many options of reflective tape for clothing to pick from. Note that double color, advertisement-grade, engineering-grade, high-intensity and similar reflective tapes are used for vehicles.
  • Reflective fabric: If you’re thinking of sew-on reflective, there are many options too such as holographic, silver, rainbow, iridescent, print reflective, bronzed reflective, gradient, and even fabric tape. You can also find reflective piping for sew-on applications easily too.
  • Reflective HTV: A type of reflective material that’s applied on apparel, accessories, and so on using heat transfer vinyl. Reflective HTV is mostly available in multi-colored variants as well as high-colors, rainbow, and segmented options.

Apart from the above, there are many other characteristic differences between reflective materials such as their reflectivity ranges, operating temperatures, color options, backing fabric, and even application.

The good news is when you work directly with a manufacturer like YGM, you can customize reflective materials without breaking the bank or paying huge commissions to the middleman.

What Are The Uses Of Reflective Material?

Reflective material is a multi-faceted material with many widespread applications. They are easy to stick on materials like clothes, bags, shoes, and more besides resisting wear and tear from harsh weather.

Take a look at the following list to know more about it:

  • Safety: The primary application of reflective materials is for protecting workers and staff in low-visibility conditions such as harsh weather, distances, and night shifts.
  • Fashion: Today reflective fabric is popularly used by fashion moguls for creating unique looks with iridescent and rainbow reflective fabric.
  • Advertising: You can also use reflective material to add more focus to your ad banners by cutting it in the shape of your brand logo, motto, and so on.
  • Traffic: Reflective material is a great way to make road traffic signs and symbols appear to nighttime drivers as well as pertaining to low-visibility conditions.
  • Activewear: For runners, cyclists, and athletes who find safety important, reflective fabric strips on their athletic wear can keep them away from road accidents.
  • Construction: Workers in construction-related fields find it useful to wear reflective material on the site to ensure they don’t add to accidents.
  • Shopping center: Reflective tape is excellent for dividing huge areas into different zones.
  • Roads: Just like for shopping centers, you can use reflective tapes to mark different areas clearly even for nighttime use.

Automobiles and boats: It’s easy to stick a strip of tape made from reflective material on your automobile or boats to prevent accidents from other automobiles and boats.

What Are The Main Materials Used By YGM To Create Reflective materials?

There are many things used to create reflective materials like tapes, fabric, piping, heat transfer vinyl, and so on. Basically, the initial layer is applied for protection from depreciation. The good part is it also improves the life span of the reflective material. Next, we add a layer of resin that enhances the reflectivity of the material.

The next layer contains glass beads in micro sizes to ensure reflectivity of light with zero scattering. The last layer is a protective lining paper that you can remove during application.

You might even see another layer between glass beads and the protective lining in certain types of reflective materials. That being said, HTV reflective materials use the elastic part called TPU. The initial layer is made of polyester or spandex backing fabric and next is the adhesive substance that keeps the reflective sheet crip on the fabric.

Finally, aluminum reflectors with glass beads add the finishing touches to your high-quality reflective fabric to reflect light in low-visibility conditions without any hassles.

Structure of Reflective Material

What Should I Know Before Ordering Reflective material? What Are The Most Important Things To Keep In Mind?

Whether you’re new to ordering reflective material directly from manufacturers in China or are a pro, it’s wise to go through a checklist of all the things you need to establish a smooth working process.

Here’s all you need:

  1. Select the type of reflective material you want from tapes, pipings, HTV, fabric, etcetera.
  2. Write down all the specifications you have about the reflective material you require including its dimensions.
  3. Talk with the sales representative about your demands.
  4. Note down the reflectivity you’re looking for.
  5. Assess the options you have for backing fabrics.
  6. What are you planning to use the reflective material for?
  7. Does your choice of reflective material have the optimum operating temperature you’re looking for?
  8. Ask the sales executive about the washing instructions of the reflective material you choose.
  9. Inquire about the certifications they have, shipping, and payment options.
  10. Before you finalize, ask about free samples and lead time.

After you assess the samples, order your product and save huge amounts you might otherwise spend on a middleman.

Can I Order A Custom-Size Of Reflective material? Are The Specifications Customizable Too?

YGM is a manufacturer for all types of reflective materials for brands across the globe since a few decades. That’s the best reason why you would find a better quote with us than a supplier.

What’s more, you can get customized sizes of any reflective material you see on the YGM website at no extra hassles. You’ll also be directly working with our design time so that you can have all the expert help you need.

Everything from A to Z is customizable because we own the factory and have been doing the same for different types of brands from safety to fashion and athletics!

How Long Does It Take For YGM To Produce And Deliver My Order Of Reflective material?

At YGM, we’re very thorough with our processes. Right after we get your order, our team will get started on preparing your shipment. More importantly, we’ll keep you updated about the time frames needed to complete each step.

Note that it takes a minimum of 25 days and a maximum of 35 days to prepare bulk shipments. This also depends on whether your order contains customized requests. In any case, our sales team will get in touch with you about the ETA you need to bear in mind.

In case of any concerns, don’t hesitate to write to us and we’ll get back to you right away.

Does YGM Offer Free Samples For Reflective material?

You can get free samples of reflective materials such as tapes, heat transfer vinyl, fabric, etcetera when ordering from YGM. We provide all generic items you see on the website in a regular sample size of reflective material to the destination of your choice.

Moreover, you only need to pay the freight charges, which will also be reimbursed when you finally place an order.

Please keep in mind that the cost of samples for customized products is different from the above.

Are YGM Products Always Available And In-Stock? Do I Need To Pre-Order And Await New Stock For Months After Ordering?

If you’re looking at a product advertised on the YGM website, we definitely have it in stock. That’s also why you’ll receive the fastest lead time on these in-stock products. In case you want a reliable quote on a specific item you’re interested in, write to us and we’ll let you in on all the details.

That being said, if you’re ordering a custom reflective material, the lead time is based on the agreed-upon production time and would be different than our quote for in-stock items. This is simply because it takes longer to produce personalized specifications required for custom products.

What Type Of Packaging Options Do You Offer At YGM For Reflective material?

Being an experienced player in the reflective material wholesale market since ages, YGM has several packaging options to ensure your order doesn’t face any damages during transit.

When you’re looking for packaging that will protect the item you’ve ordered besides standing the roughhousing of shipping and freight, YGM has got your back.

The following shows all the complete steps included in packaging reflective fabric by YGM for delivery.

  • An erectly-positioned packaging where the obverse side is clearly displayed for visibility in ‘obverse show’ packaging.
  • Reflective material such as tapes is packaged inside plastic bags to prevent humidity and moisture from affecting it in the ‘plastic’ packaging.
  • Double boxing:
    • Box 1: This is where the reflective material is placed in a corrugated box as internal packing.
    • Box 2: This is where the reflective material is rolled into a thick and strong corrugated box of higher durability to prevent roughhousing during transit.
Packing of Reflective Material

What Are The Chief Quality Control Measures And Standards Used By YGM When It Comes To Reflective material?

There are different quality control process for different types of reflective material.

QC Process For Reflective Tape for Vehicles

  • Confirming the Reflectivity of the material

In this QC test, the reflective quotient of the material you ordered is confirmed. This is done using an instrument that gauges the inverse reflection coefficient with respect to the color, backing fabric, construction, and type of reflective material you’ve chosen.

It is then adjusted to a voltage of 5.5V and the instrument is further calibrated using a 3M reflective material to ensure it attains reflectivity between 520±5 cd/lx/m² before checking for reflectivity.

  • Checking the Release Force

The next part of the QC test of reflective fabric includes assessment of the peeling factor. The strength of peeling is also confirmed using a machine that tests for the release force of the reflective material at an angle of 90-degrees and peeling at a speed of 300 mm per minute to test the ideal release force.

Release Force Test of Reflective Material
  • Assessing the Initial Adhesion

The strength of adhesion of reflective tapes are generally ensured with a tensile testing machine to be higher than 5N. The process is quite simple and begins with a sample test where a small cut-out from the reflective material of dimensions 2.5 cm x 30 cm is taken.

After peeling off the addition tape at the edges, the sample is bent or flexed in exact half before being placed on a tension clamp with the adhesive surface facing downward. The machine gets lowered further and then propped up by the machine at a higher level to assess its test valves in conclusion.

QC Process for Reflective Tape for Clothing

  • Inverse Reflection Coefficient is determined.

Washing performance according to ISO 6330, ISO 15797, and ISO 3175.

Wash Test of Reflective Material
  • Glass beads are tested by rubbing hands on it to identify damages and defects.
  • Surface check looks for blemishes and defects on the surface of the reflective fabric.
  • Flame resistance is identified for flame retardant tapes.
Flame Retardant Test of Reflective Material

What Are The Different Certification Standards When It Comes To Reflective material? How Are They Updated?

Working as a reflective materials for a long time, YGM is well-acquainted with the international regulations for reflective products. That’s why our products come with a wide range of certifications that are regularly updated.

Let’s take a look at it below.

  • Oeko-Tex Standard 100: This is a certification given to products that are manufactured without the presence of any harmful or toxic substances.
  • EN ISO 20471: Another international requirement for reflective material standardization, this certification concerns the standards of reflective material for high-vis clothing. It has to do mostly with the retroreflectivity factor and where the reflective material is placed on the cloth, especially for high-risk conditions.
  • ANSI 107: A regulation brought into effect by the American National Standard Institute Certification concerns high-vis clothing within Classes 1, 2, and 3 with respect to the total reflective material admissible on an article of clothing.
  • International Organization for Standardization regulations below concerns the washing standards for various reflective materials.
    • ISO 6330: This permits the domestic washing of clothes at temperature at 40℃, 60℃, and 90℃.
    • ISO 15797: The washing regulation for industrial washing limits temperature to 75℃.
    • ISO 3175: Concerning dry cleaning of reflective material, ISO 3175 regulates washing conditions commercially.
Certificate of Reflective Material

What’s The Right Way To Cut Reflective material Before Application?

Depending on whether you’ve ordered a reflective tape, reflective sheeting, reflective HTV, etcetera, the cutting process also differs. Usually, a knife or laser plotting machine is used for precise measurements.

If you’ve any specific demands or questions about reflective fabric, don’t hesitate to send us an inquiry about it so that our experts can help you out ASAP!


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