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3M™ Scotchlite™ Reflective Material

Help create a more visible world.

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Reflective material products

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  • Reflective fabrics

    Enhance daytime and low-light visibility with reflective materials bonded to a fabric backing for use on garments.

  • Reflective transfer films

    Ideal for patches and logos, or continuous laminated trims and piping, reflective transfer films are bonded to a heat-activated adhesive.

  • Reflective high-gloss materials

    Help enhance the visibility of the wearer in night-time or low-light conditions when illuminated by headlights with highly retroreflective microprisms formed on flexible, glossy and UV-stabilized polymeric film.

  • Reflective pressure-sensitive adhesive films and Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS)

    Easy to apply to rigid substrates — simply peel and stick for non-permanent adhesion — these wide-angle exposed retroreflective lenses are bonded to an adhesive.

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How 3M™ Scotchlite™ Reflective Material works

  • A diagram showing light coming from a car headlight hitting a pedestrian and scattering.

    Scattered reflection

    Retroreflectivity helps the eye perceive objects in low-light conditions when they are illuminated by a light source. In more scientific terms, retroreflection occurs when light rays are returned in the direction from which they came.

  • A diagram showing light coming from a car headlight hitting a pedestrian and getting retroreflected back at the car.


    Retroreflective materials appear brightest to an observer near the original light source, such as a car’s headlights. Since very little light is scattered when the light is returned, retroreflective materials enhance the contrast of the wearer for an observer near the original light source.

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Many factors come into play in helping make people visible to drivers

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Source: R.D. Bloomberg, A. Hale and D.F. Preusser, “Experimental Evaluation of Alternative Conspicuity-Enhancement Techniques for Pedestrians and Bicyclists,” Journal of Safety Research, Volume 17, pp. 1–12, 1986. “Decision Sight Distance for Highway and Traffic Control Requirements,” Report number FHWA-RD-78-78.

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Help make people visible in a variety of industries

Access industry specific information, stay up to date on regulations impacting your high visibility garments, and see best practices.

  • Construction

    Roadway workers face many safety hazards, learn more about how to stay visible.
  • First responders

    The need has grown for high-performance gear that meets a wide range of demanding service calls under extreme conditions.

  • Mining

    Make sure you're covered for the darkest, toughest conditions with 3M™ Scotchlite™ Reflective Material.

  • Oil and gas

    Whether your operations are upstream, midstream or downstream, keep your workers visible with 3M™ Scotchlite™ Reflective Material.

  • Utilities

    Whether your workers are up high or down low, 3M™ Scotchlite™ Reflective Material has solutions to keep your workers visible.

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Support for 3M™ Scotchlite™ Reflective Material

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