I can make out shapes and lights with the LEDs are off. It's pretty bad visibility when they are on. I haven't done the visor tint yet, so It's probably worse.. I'm going to put in a switch to turn off the matrix so I can keep the other stuff on. Or the simpler solution if you have the bluetooth module, you can send a command that is all spaces and no text to see where you are going. I used a thick acrylic for the backs of the led, however the plexi infront of the LEDs just reflects the light back.