What Is Privacy Glass?

Privacy Glass, also known as Privacy Switchable, Smart or Electric Tinted Glass has started to become a popular choice in recent years. The option to create a private space for a period of time and then reverting back to ‘regular’ glass can be a really suitable choice for some.

Contra Vision has appointed Protective Film Solutions® as the Exclusive Distributor and Installer for Switchable Film throughout the UK and Ireland.

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Smart Glass

You might be asking yourself what exactly is Privacy/ Smart Glass?
Essentially, it’s an electrical glass solution which allows you to control the privacy of your room via a glass unit, turning the glass from translucent to transparent instantly.
Two PET films are coated with transparent metal deposits and they are then laminated together with a thin layer of liquid crystal. This is then layered between two EVA interlayers and laminated in between two pieces of toughened glass.
Smart Glass is dynamic, allowing you to use rooms for different purposes. If you have Smart Glass in an office environment, it could be really beneficial. It could come in extremely handy if you need some privacy in meetings and when privacy is not needed you can switch the glass to make the room more welcoming. The same could apply for home offices or any other rooms which sometimes require privacy, but not all the time.


Benefits of Privacy Glass

Aesthetic

Smart Glass looks the part pretty much anywhere, it never looks out of place. When not in use, the glass is crystal clear. Nobody will know it can be changed but when the smart feature is turned on the glass transforms into a frosted state, ensuring that the glass still looks the part and suits the environment. The frosted nature of the glass means it always looks stylish and once again, passers by will never know it can be switched between the two variants.

Easy Use and Maintenance

Despite being a revelation technology wise, this product is simple to use. It works on the basis of an on/off premise, meaning a simple press of a button and the product will switch on or off, at an instance.

Maintenance couldn’t be easier, the use of an IPA wipe will get the job done, it saves you from having to dust blinds! Plus, no blinds means rooms and spaces look tidier. Smart Glass offers great privacy for all environments, especially offices, hospitals, schools or anywhere else that requires rooms to have a level of privacy at times – but not all times.

Light Transmittance

Whilst Smart Glass is a great privacy solution, this does not mean that it creates a dark environment when in use. In many instances, privacy is required but darkness is not – environments which require these solutions usually revert to blinds, which offer light level adjustments, but they don’t allow total privacy, with there still being gaps to look through. Smart Glass, however, offers a great way to combat this, offering complete privacy on windows, but not making the environment totally dark.

Privacy

Of course privacy is the main benefit of this product. It’s the very heart of this technology, if you require total privacy in an environment, but not at all times, then this product is the perfect solution. Privacy Glass allows the user to create a private space whenever they require, just by turning the product on or off, it’s less effort than blinds! Plus, this technology can suit all interior and exterior designs when in use. The frosted glass will never look out of place, unlike blinds, where certain styles and colours sometimes just don’t match the design of the environment. This technology is intended for privacy, and it gives you just that.

Contra Vision Switchable Film

Contra Vision® Switchable Smart Film™ offers instant privacy with a push of a button, the product consists of a layer of liquid crystals sandwiched between a transparent protective film. When switched on, the liquid crystals align in one direction and make the glass transparent. When it’s switched off, the crystals re-orientate and make the glass opaque.

The film is great for office spaces, allowing you to create a private room when needed for discreet working space or meetings. This film is suitable for healthcare environments as it’s easy to clean. The product can be used in homes for private spaces such as shower or bathroom screens, allowing light in and maintaining a view outwards of the space.

This product is currently only available in the UK and Ireland from our Exclusive Distributor and installer, Protective Film Solutions®.

Overall, if you want a modern solution to privacy in certain environments, then you can’t go wrong with Privacy Glass, with a touch of a button you can get all the privacy you need. A simple, yet futuristic technology which will surely be a statement of any room.

Applications

Switchable Glass can be used in an array of applications and in a range of industries and sectors. Windows, floors, doors and door panels, offering switchable film privacy externally and internally, or for decorative use.

Offices

Provide instant privacy when needed. Its use is not limited to offices, Switchable Glass can be utilized in laboratories, manufacturing sites or storage rooms for example.

Healthcare

Contra Vision Switchable Film is easy to clean, making them more hygienic than traditional blinds or curtains, whilst providing switchable privacy.

Homes

Enhance the privacy of windows, conservatories and bathroom shower screens while allowing maximum light in and view out when desired.

Museums & Exhibitions

Couple with motion sensors for example, to allow for perfectly timed reveals.

Hospitality

Enhance spaces within hotels, bars and restaurants.

Product Displays & Reveals

Add eye-catching and memorable elements to your displays.

Projection

Contra Vision Switchable Glass, when switched off (opaque) provides a white surface perfect for projecting onto whether it be for functional purposes, such as presentations, advertising, or displaying videos and games, or for more decorative purposes.

Switchable

Contra Vision® Switchable Smart Film offers instant window privacy, transitioning from transparent to opaque (and back again) at the press of a button. The product can be applied as a self-adhesive window film to existing glazing. It is also possible to supply the product as an interlayer which is sandwiched in a laminated glass construction.

Contra Vision has appointed Protective Film Solutions® as the Exclusive Distributor and Installer for Switchable throughout the UK and Ireland.

Protective Window Solutions Website
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How Does It Work?

The product consists of a layer of liquid crystals which is sandwiched between a transparent protective film. When a small electric current is applied to the liquid crystal layer, it causes the liquid crystals to align in one direction, allowing visible light to pass through and making the glass transparent.

When the electric current is switched off, the liquid crystals re-orientate in all directions, blocking the gaps for visible light to pass through and making the glass opaque (translucent).

The film is also very easy to maintain and clean by using low pressure compressed air, and a soft bristled cleaning/dusting brush. Soft IPA wipes can also be used.

For further information, please contact Protective Film Solutions®, Contra Vision® Switchable™ Exclusive Distributor and Installer through the UK and Ireland.

This product is currently not available outside the UK. Please contact us to receive updates.

Applications

Switchable can be used in an array of applications and in a range of industries and sectors. Windows, floors, doors and door panels, offering switchable privacy externally and internally, or for decorative use.

Offices

Provide instant privacy when needed. Its use is not limited to offices, Switchable can be utilized in laboratories, manufacturing sites or storage rooms for example.

Healthcare

Contra Vision Switchable is easy to clean, making them more hygienic than traditional blinds or curtains, whilst providing switchable privacy.

Homes

Enhance the privacy of windows, conservatories and bathroom shower screens while allowing maximum light in and view out when desired.

Museums & Exhibitions

Couple with motion sensors for example, to allow for perfectly timed reveals.

Hospitality

Enhance spaces within hotels, bars and restaurants.

Product Displays & Reveals

Add eye-catching and memorable elements to your displays.

Projection

Contra Vision Switchable, when switched off (opaque) provides a white surface perfect for projecting onto whether it be for functional purposes, such as presentations, advertising, or displaying videos and games, or for more decorative purposes.

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