Reflective material was first introduced back in the 1930’s for use on stop signs and asphalt and by the 1980’s, had evolved into silver piping on sneakers and backpacks. Reflective material is created with tiny spherical glass beads (1/2 the size of a human hair). Made from optical-grade glass, these perfect microscopic spheres are coated on one side with aluminum and then organized aluminum-side down and adhered to material to create a reflective surface. The process allows light to bounce directly back to its source. No matter what angle the light strikes the material, the wearer is illuminated and seen.
Not Your Grandfather’s Reflective
Brilliant Reflective is retroreflective material. That means that when the light from a car’s headlight shines onto the strip, almost 100% of the light will reflect off and go directly back to the source. There’s no diffusion, no waste, all the light bounces back to the driver.
Soon after, it was seen in high-end jackets, running gear, biking equipment, and professional safety uniforms. Although more and more industries and manufacturers were beginning to use it, reflective material stayed the same skinny cord or patch of silver material it always was. No more.
Reflective visibility + function + fashion = COLOR!
Newly developed color reflective material is the next generation. Brilliant® Reflective revolutionized reflective material by applying a patented process of color to 3M™ Scotchlite™ Reflective Material, without impacting its reflectivity. Brilliant Color Reflective isn’t piping or cord, but strips of highly reflective colorized DIY material you can easily use to customize your favorite gear and clothing for maximum visibility and protection as well as a completely unique look – no two will be alike.