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  • A reflecting strip is either a sew-on or a self-adhesive tape that can reflect the light shined on the surface. For passersby and drivers who commute during the night, reflecting strips can create visible warning signs. YGM’s reflecting strips are available in a wide range of materials, including polyester reflecting strips, acrylic reflecting strips, and PET/PVC reflecting strips, etc. Due to this diversity, reflecting strips can be attached to a range of materials such as safety vests, helmets, umbrellas, and even on heavy-duty machinery.
  • When a light source shines on the surface of a reflecting strip, the glass beads bend the light in ways that creates an effective illumination effect. Even at sharp angles and long distances, reflecting strips can easily provide reflection that enhances visibility during low-light conditions. YGM’s reflecting strips have important features like anti-aging, resistance to wear and tear, and great washability. By using YGM reflecting strips for safety materials, users can easily provide protection both during the day and at night in poor visibility.

Why choose YGM Reflecting Strips?

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1. Silver Reflecting Strips for Clothing

Silver Reflecting Strips 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 Reflecting Strips for Clothing

High Reflecting Strips 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 Reflecting Strips for Clothing

Ordinary Reflecting Strips for Clothing

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

4. Reflecting Strips Ribbon

Reflecting Strips Ribbon

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

5. PVC Reflecting Strips

PVC Reflecting Strips

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

6. Advertisement Grade Reflecting Strips

Advertisement Grade Reflecting Strips

● Types: PET / Acrylic type
● Service life: 3 years
● Feasible operating temperature:
○ PET type: 5-30℃
○ Acrylic type: 18-28℃
● Color: White, yellow, red, green, blue, orange, brown, black

7. Double Color Reflecting Strips

Double Color Reflecting Strips

● Types: PET / Acrylic type
● Service life: 3 years
● Feasible operating temperature:
○ PET type: 5-30℃
○ Acrylic type: 18-28℃
● Color: Red&white, yellow&black, yellow&red, orange&white, blue&white

8. Engineering Grade Reflecting Strips

Engineering Grade Reflecting Strips

● Types: PET / Acrylic type
● Service life: 5 years
● Feasible operating temperature:
○ PET type: 5-30℃
○ Acrylic type: 18-28℃
● Color: White, yellow, red, green, blue, orange, brown, black

9. High Intensity Grade Reflecting Strips

High Intensity Grade Reflecting Strips

● Types: PET / PC / PVC type
● Service life:
○ PET type: 5 years
○ PC type: 7 years
○ PVC type: 3 years
● Feasible operating temperature: 5-30℃
● Color: White, yellow, red, green, blue, brown

10. Red Silver Reflecting Strips

Red Silver Reflecting Strips

● Service life: 7 years
● Feasible operating temperature: 5-30℃
● Color: Red&white

11. High Intensity Prismatic Grade Reflecting Strips

High Intensity Prismatic Grade Reflecting Strips

● Service life: 10 years
● Feasible operating temperature: 18-28℃
● Color: White, orange

A Complete Guide to Reflecting Strips

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Reflecting strips are made with a special material that increases the visibility of a surface as soon as a light source is shined on it. The strip creates a bright reflection of light that warns other people of the presence of people or hazard signs.

Typically, reflecting strips are attached to work vests, jackets, helmets, and overalls. In other circumstances, reflecting strips can also be used for advertisements, caution signs, and marking the edges of heavy machinery at construction sites or warehouses.

In a domestic sphere, reflecting strips can also be used to navigate through a small parking space or driveway. You can also attach a reflecting strip to the mailbox to prevent drivers and cyclists from running into it during the night.

The most prominent feature of YGM reflecting strips is that they can be seen from up to 200m of distance. This provides maximum visibility in any lighting condition.

This guide covers everything you need to know about what reflecting strips are, how they can be used, and how to apply reflecting strips to a variety of materials. 

What are Reflecting Strips?

Reflecting strips are small pieces of reflective tape that come with a self-adhesive or backing fabric at the back. These strips work in a miraculous way that reflects the light back to the original source, creating a sense of illumination.

In this way, reflecting strips can only work effectively when there is an active light source available. Additionally, the reflection of the strip can only be seen by the person who is in correct alignment with the light source.

When you get closer to the reflective strip, however, the illumination tends to fade away as the angle between the light and your eyes increases.

Principle of Reflecting Strips
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Uses of Reflecting Strips

Reflecting strips can be found in a variety of applications during your day-to-day routine. While you may not notice it, one encounters reflecting strips multiple times during the day.

Here are some of the most common ways that reflecting strips are used in different industries:

  1. For Clothing

If you prefer going running during the night or work at sites that are near traffic, reflecting strips can be sewn onto clothing. Jackets and safety vests often have reflecting strips that make the individual more visible to nearby drivers.

YGM reflecting strips are especially designed to provide flexibility even when they are attached to clothing. You can easily attach the reflecting strip to a piece of clothing by using a sewing technique. Backing fabrics for sew-on reflecting strips include T/C, 100% polyester, etc.

  1. Vehicles

Large vehicles such as trailers and trucks often have reflecting strips at the back. Even though such vehicles have reflectors attached to the front and back, many companies prefer adding an extra layer of protection using reflecting strips. Even if the vehicle is parked in an area that is hidden behind a large object, other drivers will be able to view the truck when their headlight shines on the reflecting strip.

  1. Cycles and Motorbikes

By adding a few extra reflecting strips to your cycle or motorbike, one can ensure that every nearby driver is clearly notified of their presence. Even if the cycle or bike is parked in a low-lit parking space, the reflecting strip can prevent other drivers from running into your vehicle.

When attaching YGM reflecting strips to motorcycles or cycles, you should be extra careful to avoid obscuring any critical component. You can read more about the guidelines to attach reflecting strips on bikes and cycles to prevent any accidents.

  1. Mailboxes

Most mailboxes tend to be near the driveway or main road. By attaching a small piece of reflecting strips to certain areas, you can make the mailbox more visible for drivers. If people are passing by your house during the night, a little reflective strip will help them become more careful to avoid running into your mailbox.

  1. Helmets

Whether you wear a bike helmet or safety helmet at construction sites, a little reflective strip can go a long way. These strips can help other people avoid running into you during the night since it increases your visibility.

  1. Life Jackets and Vests

Lifeguards and labor-intensive workers often wear life jackets to enhance their visibility during the night. Even if your life jacket is already made with reflective material, adding a few extra strips of PVC reflecting strips can be a great safety precaution. YGM’s PVC reflecting strips provide a high reflectivity quotient and are available in a range of bright colors such as red and green.

  1. Bollards and Pillars

When there are high support posts and pillars in underground areas, they can be difficult to spot for unaware drivers. To prevent running into an accident, consider attaching a piece of reflecting strip all around the bollard. Regardless of where the driver is coming from, the reflecting strip will be visible across the 360-degree angle to provide extra safety and security.

  1. Safety Cones

Traffic cones are often lined with reflective strips at the top to increase their visibility. For those safety cones that are not already made with reflective material, adding a few reflective strips can provide the same level of visibility.

Consider using YGM’s engineering grade reflecting strips that are untearable and available in a range of color variations. By choosing a contrasting color reflecting strip for the safety cone, you can further enhance the reflectivity and help drivers avoid ground holes or construction sites on the main road.

  1. Warehouses

Marking hazardous areas in warehouses is easy with reflecting strips. You can attach a few strips to mark the ground and cover the edges of heavy machinery. Examples of applications for reflecting strips in a warehouse include high voltage equipment, drop hazard zones, and emergency exit routes.

Uses of Reflecting Strips

How To Apply Self-Adhesive Reflecting Strips?

Applying self-adhesive reflective strips is a simple task. All you need to do is peel off the self-adhesive at the back and position the strip in the correct location.

To ensure that your YGM reflecting strip is durable and long-lasting, here’s a guide on applying reflecting strips effectively:

Step 1: Consider Weather Conditions

Although most people are unaware of this, it is important to check the weather before applying your reflecting tapes in an outdoor environment. Ideally, the temperature should not exceed 38°C or be lower than 10°C.

For hotter climates, it is important to avoid pre-adhesion heating of the surface. For colder applications, you might need to slightly heat the surface using a portable heat lamp.

Step 2: Gather the Tools

While reflecting strips can be attached using self-adhesive, there is still higher efficiency of application by using the right tools.

Firstly, you might need a sharp blade or scissors to cut the strip into the correct size for placement. Then, you need a roller to apply equal amounts of pressure across the reflecting strip. Finally, you may need a rivet tool if you are attaching the reflecting strip over a bumpy surface.

Step 3: Clean the Surface

To ensure that the reflecting strip sticks perfectly to the surface, it is important to clean it beforehand. Initially, you should wash the surface (if possible) with detergent and clean water. This removes film and excessive dirt that may have built up over time.

Then, you should wipe the surface using an IPA solution or acetone to prep it properly. Remember to dry the surface immediately using a clean paper towel, including the hinges and rivets.

Step 4: Apply the Reflecting Strip

The first stage of applying the reflecting strip includes removing the liner and finding the right position for the tape. Once it is positioned properly, you can press it down on the application surface to stick the reflecting strip in place. Use a roller to apply equal pressure across the reflecting strip using overlapping strokes.

Try to avoid buckling since rough edges can cause the reflecting strip to tear away over time.

Customized Reflecting Strips

Some applications require customized reflecting strips for advertisement or marking purposes. To cater to such applications, YGM provides fully customizable reflecting strips. You can select a color of your liking for the reflecting strip and even customize the dimensions of the tape.

The acrylic type of reflecting strips can be easily screen printed for custom applications. These strips are carefully manufactured using computer cutting processes to ensure precision.

Other reflecting strips like the fluo-yellow or fluo-orange can further be customized according to the color requirements of the customer. The term ‘fluo’ refers to a unique color-silver-color pattern that enhances visibility during low-light conditions. You might have seen fluo-orange reflecting strips on safety vests.

Each reflecting strip by YGM can be customized in terms of color. Since some strips are available in different materials, customers can choose the material that is best suited for their application. Options include acrylic, PVC, PC, and PET materials.

Customization of Reflecting Strips

Are Reflecting Strips Durable?

YGM is a pioneer of high-quality reflecting strips that can last for up to 10 years.

If you only need to use reflecting strips for a semi-permanent purpose, then you can choose regular reflective tape or advertisement grade reflecting strips for up to three years. To mark machinery in warehouses or for road safety signs, engineering grade reflecting strips are recommended that last for up to 5 years.

Red-Silver reflecting strips can be used for up to 7 years in tough conditions such as unfavorable weather. Due to the unique dual-color design, this reflecting strip provides high reflectivity and visualization. Red Silver Reflecting Strips are often used to mark vehicles such as RVs and boats, helmets, motorbikes, and more.

For long-term use, we recommend using YGM high-intensity prismatic grade reflecting strips that provide a service life of up to 10 years. This white or orange reflecting strip is often used for traffic signs or vehicle markings.

Why Choose YGM?

YGM is committed to manufacturing high-quality and durable reflecting strips that work effectively over time. Even after using the reflecting strip for years, the reflectivity will not fade away.

To cater to a wide range of customers, YGM’s reflecting strips are available in a variety of materials. This includes PVC, PC, PET, and acrylic.

Some reflecting strip ribbons are available in unique color combinations like fluo-yellow and fluo-red with a backing fabric of woven or Oxford tape. These strips are commonly used in sewing safety vests since they provide great reflectivity and flexibility.

YGM also offers complete customization services to all clients. Instead of purchasing standard reflecting strips, customers can order sets of personalized tapes by selecting their own color variations and dimensions.

For advertisement purposes and engineering grade reflective strips, customized applications can help businesses and warehouses set themselves apart from the competition.

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Final Words

Now that you know the usefulness of reflecting strips, it is time to start covering every nook and corner of a hazardous site with this tape. With a single strip of reflective tape, you can help avoid accidents and increase the visibility of hazardous sites.

Reflecting strips are incredibly easy to attach. All you need to do is position the reflective strip correctly and press the self-adhesive on the surface. To attach reflecting strips to clothing, use a simple sewing technique to ensure a durable reflective material. 


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