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  • How does smart glass or smart film work?
    PDLC smart tint or intelligent glass switches from opaque to transparent in the presence of an electric current and changes from transparent to opaque in the absence of an electric current. When current is applied, the liquid crystals between the PDLC film align in an orderly manner making it transparent. When the current is turned off, they scatter, dispersing light, thereby creating the frosted effect.
  • What happens when there is a power failure?
    PDLC smart tint or intelligent glass switches to opaque (its neutral state) when there is a power outage.
  • How is smart glass controlled?
    Smart glass can be controlled in various ways, including remote controls, wall switches, smartphones, home automation systems and voice commands.
  • How much power does switchable glass consume?
    Opaquing glass consumes very little electricity, an average of 4 watts per square meter.
  • I already have glass installed. Do I need to replace my existing glass?
    No, you do not need to replace your existing glass. A switchable smart film can be installed on your existing glass, transforming it into a switchable smart glass. A switchable smart film can be installed on any glass surface.
  • Can Smart film be installed on an existing glass's top or bottom half?
    If desired, you can install our smart switchable film on the top or bottom half of any existing glass.
  • Does switchable glass or film completely block light?
    No. When switched to opaque smart glass or film, allow over 70 per cent of the light through while providing privacy and cutting glare.
  • Does a switchable smart glass or smart film block harmful UV rays?
    Yes, Smart tint blocks 99% of the harmful UV rays in both it's on and off state.
  • Can smart glass and film replace curtains and blinds?
    Yes. Smart glass is a sanitary alternative to curtains and blinds. It is much easier to clean and maintain than curtains and blinds.
  • How clear is smart glass?
    Smart tint and glass contain tiny liquid crystals that make glass go from transparent to opaque. Smart glass and film are extremely clear, but due to their composition, they are less clear than plain glass. Smart Glass Africa's switchable film has the lowest haze rating on the market at below 4 per cent and 7 to 9% off-axis haze.
  • Can you project images and video onto smart glass?
    Yes. When the glass is switched to opaque, it can be used as a rear projection screen. Many retail stores utilise their store glass façade as a video billboard.
  • How thick is the switchable film?
    Our smart switchable film is 0.38mm thick.
  • Does smart film come in other colours?
    Yes, privacy film comes in various colours, including grey, blue, red, green, and yellow. Please note that the glass will only switch from coloured transparent to coloured frosted, not from plain clear to coloured.
  • Can smart film be installed on curved glass?
    Yes, smart glass film can be installed on curved glass.
  • How do I clean smart film?
    Privacy film should be cleaned with a soft cloth and gentle glass cleaning solution.
  • What is the lifespan of smart glass and film?
    Switchable glass products can be powered on for at least 100,000 hours. This makes the average lifespan of smart glass 12-20 years.
  • Do smart glass panels require any special maintenance?
    As long as proper voltage is maintained, switchable glass panels do not require any special maintenance.
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