Dimmable glass has become increasingly popular in recent years, as it provides a convenient way to control the amount of light and privacy in a space. However, many people may find that their dimmable glass is not as transparent as they would like it to be when in the clear state. In this article, we will explore some ways to create dimmable glass with a more transparent visual effect.
Firstly, it is important to understand the technology behind dimmable glass. The most common type of dimmable glass is made with a technology called PDLC (Polymer Dispersed Liquid Crystal). When an electrical current is applied, the liquid crystals align and allow light to pass through the glass, making it clear. When the electrical current is turned off, the liquid crystals scatter the light, making the glass opaque.
1. Choose the right PDLC film
One way to create a more transparent visual effect with dimmable glass is to use a higher quality PDLC film. Cheaper films may have a lower transparency in the clear state, leading to a less transparent visual effect. Investing in a higher quality film may result in a more transparent appearance.
2. Use high-quality glass
The quality of the glass that is used can also have an impact on the visual effect of the switchable PDLC glass. Choose a high-quality glass that has a low iron content, as this will help to reduce the greenish tint that is often seen in standard glass.
3. Choose thinner glass substrate
Another option is to use a thinner glass substrate. Thinner glass allows for more light to pass through, which can result in a more transparent visual effect. Dimming glass is double-layer laminated glass with a thickness of 5+5(mm), 6+6(mm), 8+8(mm), etc. As the thickness increases, the number of laminated film layers also increase, so that the light transmittance of the dimming glass produced will decrease and the haze will increase. So if you can use 5+5, don’t use 8+8. However, it is important to note that thinner glass may not be as durable as thicker glass, so it is important to choose a thickness that is appropriate for the intended use.
4. Consider greyish glass substrate
The light transmittance of dimming glass made of gray glass panel such as European gray and crystal gray does not change much, but it gives the impression that the haze is lower and the PDLC glass is more transparent. The gray PDLC glass partition can also show the calm atmosphere of the space.
5. Keep the glass clean
Another way to create a more transparent visual effect is to ensure that the glass is clean and free from any residue or debris. This may involve regular cleaning and maintenance to ensure that the glass remains transparent.
6. Consider the lighting
The lighting in the room can also affect the visual effect of the switchable PDLC glass. Use natural light as much as possible, and consider using LED lighting that has a high color rendering index (CRI) to help maintain the brightness and clarity of the glass. The dimming glass will appear more transparent under the yellow light environment.
7. Consider the environment
The environment in which the dimmable glass is installed can also affect its transparency. If the glass is exposed to direct sunlight or strong light, it may appear less transparent due to the amount of light passing through it. Choosing an appropriate location for the glass can help to ensure a more transparent visual effect.
By following these tips, you can create switchable PDLC glass with a more transparent visual effect that is both functional and aesthetically pleasing. Whether you are using the glass for privacy partitions, skylights, or other applications, maintaining a high level of transparency when the glass is switched off will help to create a brighter, more inviting space that is comfortable and functional for everyone.