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3M™ Scotchlite™ Reflective Material

Help create a more visible world.

Reflective material products

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

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

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.

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

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.

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.

  • Roadway workers face many safety hazards, learn more about how to stay visible.
  • The need has grown for high-performance gear that meets a wide range of demanding service calls under extreme conditions.

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

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

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

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