What Is the Use of Smart Glass?

There is no denying that smart glass has great potential and applications across various industries from commercial spaces to homes and medical clinics. Keep reading to learn about the key uses of smart glass and smart film.

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In the world of architecture and design, the use of smart glass has been steadily on the rise. Smart glass, also known as switchable glass or intelligent glass, is a type of glass that can change its transparency according to the user's preference, going from clear to frosted on demand.

This effect is accomplished by the action of tiny PDLC liquid crystals that align with the presence of an electrical current, making the glass appear transparent. When the glass is powered off the liquid crystals scatter the light, making the glass look milky or frosted.

But what is the use of smart glass, and why is it gaining popularity amongst architects and designers? Let's delve into the advantages and uses of smart glass and smart film.

Instant Privacy

One of the most significant benefits of smart glass is its instant privacy feature. With just a push of a button, smart glass can switch from transparent to opaque, ensuring instant privacy for workplaces, homes, hospitals, and more. It provides a modern and convenient way to utilize your space while preserving your privacy.

Blocks UV Rays

Smart glass blocks over 99% of UV-rays, far more than traditional float glasses which block just 55%. It helps in reducing the harmful effects of the sun's UV rays that can cause fading of furniture or fabrics, and skin damage.

Reduces Heat Loss

Smart Glass provides an efficient solution by safeguarding your home against both cold winter months and hot summer days. With improved insulation, smart glass reduces heat loss and saves energy. Smart Glass Country even offers insulated smart glass units to further enhance energy efficiency. 

Energy Savings

Smart glass can cut energy costs by up to 30% during summer months, thanks to its ability to block UV and IR light, sources of heat gain.  This is because smart glass diminishes the requirement for costly air conditioning systems.

Ample Natural Light

Smart glass is designed to maximize natural lighting, and even in its opaque state, it allows two-thirds of natural daylight through, minimizing the need for artificial light while preserving privacy. It enables spaces to appear brighter and more spacious effortlessly.

Enhanced Security

Smart glass can act as a deterrent against break-ins. The glass can instantly change from transparent to opaque when an intruder tries to break into a property. This feature makes it difficult for anyone to see what’s inside the building, which can help deter burglars and intruders.

Additionally, smart glass is laminated and tempered safety glass with a film layer to hold the glass together in the event of breakage, protecting occupants and belongings. It provides an additional layer of security making it suitable for public spaces, hospitals, and homes.

Low Maintenance

Smart glass and film require no additional maintenance and are cleaned just like regular glass with glass cleaner and a soft cloth. This makes privacy glass a low-maintenance window treatment.

Smart Film Applied to a Glass Door and Sidelights

Smart Glass or Smart Film?

Any glass surface can be smart glass. Our smart glass product consists of the switchable PDLC layer sandwiched between two pieces of laminated and tempered glass. Our smart film product can be applied to any existing glass surface, transforming it into switchable glass. Smart film is the perfect retrofit option while smart glass is better for new builds. Both products can be used on operable glass windows, partitions and doors.

In conclusion, smart glass technology is one of the most innovative advancements in the glass industry in decades. Its versatility, energy efficiency, and aesthetic appeal make it a popular choice among architects, designers, and property owners worldwide. Its benefits, including instant privacy, superior UV ray protection, energy savings, and enhanced security, make it a highly sought-after solution for both residential and commercial applications.

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