What Is Smart Film?

There’s been a lot of talk about smart film and its benefits but many people are left wondering exactly what it is and how it works. Let’s uncover what privacy film is, how it works its magic, plus the many ways we can take advantage of using this revolutionary tech!

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Have you ever seen a window that can switch between opaque and clear with the flip of a switch? When first introduced, this type of technology seemed like something out of a science fiction movie. But, believe it or not, it's real! This is called smart film and it's becoming increasingly popular in both residential and commercial spaces. Let’s explore what PDLC smart film is, how it works, and how you can use it to your advantage.

Exploring the Magic of PDLC Smart Film

PDLC stands for Polymer Dispersed Liquid Crystal which is a special type of film made up of two layers - one layer containing liquid crystals and another conductive layer. When an electric current passes through the film, the liquid crystals will align themselves in order to let light pass through; when turned off, they will un-align again to block visibility. This means that by simply flipping on or off an electrical switch, you can make your windows opaque or transparent in an instant!

Smart film transforms any glass surface into switchable glass. It is simply applied to existing glass surfaces in a manner similar to applying a screen protector to a smartphone. This makes it the perfect retrofit option and ideal for irregular window shapes where conventional window treatments simply won’t work. 

What Can Smart Film Be Used For?

The sheer versatility of switchable film makes it suitable for use in many different applications. At home, you could use it to enhance your privacy while still enjoying natural light during the day. In offices or commercial buildings, you can partition open plan spaces into smaller rooms while also giving employees control over their own privacy levels when they need some quiet time to focus. You could even use it as a projection screen for presentations or events.

How Is Switchable Film Installed?

Installing privacy window film is actually quite simple. The first step would be to measure the dimensions of your windows (or any other surfaces where the film will be applied). Then order pieces of the smart film according to these measurements and adhere them onto clean glass surfaces. Once this is done, simply connect the power source into an electrical outlet and enjoy all the benefits that come with having magical changing windows!

Smart film can even be installed on glass doors- including sliding glass doors. Watch this video for more details on wiring smart film on doors. 

How Is Smart Film Controlled?

Privacy film can be turned on and off (from clear to frosted) with a remote control, wall switch, button, smartphone, home automation system or even voice command. Click here to learn more about the control options for switchable glass technology.

Smart film is truly an amazing piece of technology that allows us to customize our living spaces in ways we never thought possible before. Not only can they help increase privacy levels but they also open up endless possibilities for creating unique designs within homes, schools, hospitals and offices - all at just a flick of a switch! 

If you’re considering upgrading your space with something exciting and new then PDLC smart films might just be what you need - why not give them a try today? Contact Smart Glass Country today to get started. 

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