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Smart window film is one of the coolest products to hit the market in years, revolutionizing how we use our businesses and home spaces in technological capacities. It’s a handy feature when you need some privacy, and can convert a room or home depending on the time of day and what you require at any given time, with the ease of a clap or the flip of the switch.
But, there’s a question we get asked quite a lot: How clear is smart window film?
The answer is simple: the clarity of the glass is going to depend on your lighting conditions and the angle you’re viewing the glass from. Overall, the smart window film does have a slightly hazy look to it, much like how normal glass can look in certain lighting conditions. This is because of the liquid crystal layer that works with an electric current to let light pass through or not. Let’s break this down further, so you can get the best finish for your glass panes.
The type of lighting used in a room is going to greatly affect the level of clarity you get and how opaque the windows are when they are switched off. Fluorescent lighting is diffusive, and as such provides a hazier appearance to the window film when it is switched on. However, there’s a marked difference in the opacity of the pane when the film is switched off, giving it a near-solid white look. Details in the room will be indiscernible from the outside, offering a greater sense of privacy if this is required.
LED lighting tends to be directional, meaning the light points in a specific direction rather than spreading equally around the room. This makes the window much clearer when it is switched on, but you won’t get the same level of opacity when you want to tint the panes.
You should also consider light placement and intensity inside and outside of the room. If there’s an imbalance between light inside the room and outside the room, you’ll notice a greater amount of haze. By keeping the type and intensity of lights equal on both sides of the glass, you’ll improve the pane’s clarity considerably.
Viewing and Lighting Angle
When viewed from the side, there’s going to be a higher level of haze to the window pane. This happens whether the smart film is switched on or off. The clarity will improve when you look at the glass straight on, so it’s good to consider the level of clarity you need for each window section.
The angle of your lighting will also play a large role in the look of the glass. Like the difference between fluorescent and LED lighting above, whether your lighting is diffused or directed will change how the glass pane appears. For a higher haze level, you can direct lights onto the pane. If you’d prefer to lower the opacity of the film, lights can be pointed away from the pane, lowering the haze.
This is an excellent and flexible feature that can be applied to any window provided there’s an electrical current nearby. While there are a few things you should know about window tinting, we at Doctor Window Tint have decades of experience in the industry and can answer any questions you may have. With just a few small tweaks to lighting, you can make smart window film work for you or your business in just the way you need. Our service is specialized, and we will always come to you to install window films and make sure you have the best product for your requirements.