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Retro-reflective patches bounce more light back! Ordinary reflective materials are not as bright.

Our patches also reflect at an angle. Reflectors must be viewed straight on.

That's why we use quality retro-reflective fabrics and vinyl so our patches and decals are brighter in the dark! -- more

At night, some drivers (like tall trucks), don't notice your tail lights. They are too low to the ground. Patches on your shoulders or helmet are high, and level with the driver's eyes.

In the right hand picture, my brake lights are on. Get the picture?

Reflective Patch Day and Night Example conspicuity

Nightfire Patches®; and Retro-Reflectivity

Nightfire Patches'; secret is retro-reflectivity. Retro-reflectivity is the correct term given to something that has the ability to return light back to its source. Many materials appear to have some small degree of reflectivity, but retro-reflective materials bounce the greatest amount of light back toward a light source. This makes them startlingly visible in dark conditions. Some patches claim to be reflective, but only retro-reflective materials can be seen from more than a few feet away at night. Nightfire Patches; uses the highest quality retro-reflective materials available in manufacturing our copyrighted designs.

retroreflective material-----nonreflective material

Scattered Reflection

Nightfire Patches; uses the same retro-reflective material that many emergency service groups, like fire departments, police, and paramedics use--in new designs that you'll want to wear! Emergency service groups often have markings and tape on their uniforms that shine a brilliant white when hit with television camera lights, or headlights. This is retro-reflective material at work! Wearers of this material become far more visible in dark or low-light conditions, as even a small amount of light will bounce back toward its source. Drivers know that many road signs are highly reflective-these are another example of retro-reflective materials. Nightfire Patches; uses this technology to make you more visible at night, without sacrificing your style or attitude.

Just how bright are Nightfire Patches®;?

Retro-reflectivity of materials used in Nightfire Patches; is measured in candle power. Official data says that white clothing performs up to 0.3 candle power. A vehicle license plate comes in at a level of 50. A conforming retro-reflective material has 500 candle power! This is a direct relationship between reflective index (candle power), and the distance from which it can be seen as in this drawing.

How do Nightfire Patches®; do it?

Nightfire Patches; researched all materials with reflective claims, testing each one, and narrowing the field to two with true retro-reflectivity. Using a cube corner prism, or glass bead principal, these materials reflect light off the faces of the prism, or the rear face of the glass bead. This sophisticated technology consistently directs light back to its source, transforming Nightfire Patches; into brilliantly white reflective and visible surfaces at night!


Nightfire Patches; don't absorb light like regular patches; they reflect light back toward the original light source! Most materials, even shiny plastics or metallic threads, absorb light rays or scatter them in random patterns. Brilliant daytime colors dissolve into darkness in gloomy weather or at night, only reflecting light at a few feet. Imagine how close a moving vehicle has to get to be able to see you!










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