For the standard shopper, it's actually hard to make the difference between a good quality reflector and "bad reflectors".
Also, the media doesn't help as they often spread wrong information how the correct product should look or how to use it.
We at Dark Aid want to set things right - so here are some tips to help you spot the "real deal".
Reflector vs. Reflective Accessory
If the products carries a name like reflective accessory, reflective toy etc. - these items don't have such names for nothing, meaning that these items don't protect you in the dark. For example soft toys made of reflective material, reflective tassel keychains and other reflective design elements glued on bags and clothes are simply reflective products and not life-saving reflectors. You can use them but with a real certified product.
Always check the top layer of the safety product
Always check the top layer of the safety product because only white (silver) or fluorescent/lime yellow materials can be certified as highly reflective materials!
We also suggest checking the manufacturer's or material producer's logos on the packing - if it's high quality product, the material- and product producer's info should be on the packing too. Our products always have 3M Scotchlite and Softreflector - Leader in the dark! - written on them!
EN13356:2001 certificateThere are lots of requirements for the producer to fulfil to get the EN13356:200 certificate: (only producers can get the certificate, not distributors). Such as the size, reflection, durancy etc. of the reflector. So if You buy a reflector, which has CE EN13356 certificate written on it, the You are on the right track.
Size Doesn't Matter
Reflective materials have different quality so producers get different requirements for the product size. The size of the reflector can vary from 15cm2 to 50cm2. So as you see, the size doesn't always matter - the reflector might be big because the material is not so good. Still, do not always trust small reflector either as un-moral producer might make the reflectors smaller from allowed minimum - just to save the production cost ( good reflecting materials cost quite a lot ). These reflectors might still get you killed.
So as you see from above, this theme is quit complex and technical - still we hope our tips will help you understand and spot the "real deal" safety product!
Softreflector - Leader in the dark!