Smart glass or switchable glass (also smart windows or switchable windows in those applications) is a glass or glazing whose light transmission properties are altered when voltage, light or heat is applied. Generally, the glass changes from translucent to transparent, changing from blocking some (or all) wavelengths of light to letting light pass through.
Glass illuminates environments, creating multi-functional spaces that adapt and respond to the needs of users at the flick of a switch…
Switchable privacy glass products can be used in residential and commercial buildings alike. As architects and designers explore the boundaries of switchable privacy glass and turn conventional perspectives of glass on their head, it is expected that the market will continue to grow and expand into new and innovative uses of privacy glass.
Solar smart glass offers unrivalled control of solar glare and has been shown to reduce the thermal transmittance through a glass façade which directly cuts down on associated HVAC costs. It can be manually or automatically “tuned” to different levels of darkness allowing complete solar glare control.
Black-Out Smart glass offers greater than 99.4% visible light block and 100% UV protection and can be controlled using range of wall switches, remote controls, movement sensors, light sensors or timers depending on each customer’s individual needs.
Smart glass has many uses, such as:
Windows and doors
The ability of controlling the amount of light and privacy makes smart glass/switchable glass an ideal choice for windows and skylights. It allows one to enjoy clear view or privacy as per the need of the person.
Walls and partitions
Of all the glass types available in the market, smart glass is the only glass that ensures privacy at the flick of a switch. By installing it in partitions in homes and offices, one can toggle between clear to translucent by simply pressing a button, and thus ensure higher privacy. So if you wish to make an impression on your clients in office, all you need to do is install this switchable glass in conference rooms and click the button to make the glass transparent or translucent as and when required.
Privacy is of prime importance in places like hospitals. Hospital suppliers often use switchable glass for areas like patient rooms, testing laboratories, operation theaters, external doors and windows. It not only ensures privacy of patients, but also allows the hospital staff to safely review the well-being of patients. Since smart glass surfaces are easy to clean, they help in creating hygienic interiors.
Hotels and restaurants
Hotels widely use this glass technology for privacy screens between guest bedrooms and bathrooms, external doors and windows, toilets and shower cubicles etc. Smart glass from top glass manufacturers helps hoteliers design their interiors better and thus offer a luxurious experience to their customers.