3M pioneered the use of glass beads in the manufacture of reflective tape for high visibility clothing, and have continued to develop the technology for over 50 years. As a result, they can offer an unrivalled range of reflective tape, incorporating both glass bead and prismatic technologies.
3M™ Scotchlite™ Reflective Materials use a technology known as retro reflection. Retro reflection occurs when light rays are returned in the direction from which they came.
Imagine a girl riding a horse along the road. A car is approaching with its headlights on. If the horse was wearing boots incorporating Scotchlite Reflective Material, a large amount of reflected light would be returned directly towards the original light source i.e. the car thus increasing the visibility of the rider.