How do the Latest Innovations in Window Tinting Work?

Mario HonrubiaInnovation

Technology is advancing in every field today. Smart technology is being built into almost every product- from mobile devices, television, cars, and almost every home and office appliance. Soon, we will be living our lives like in the sci-fi movies we have all marveled at.  In this article, we will feature two of the most recent innovations in window tinting being developed today. While one is still in the developmental stage, it is still exciting to see what the future has for us in managing the sun’s glare and maintaining a shred of our privacy. So, let’s get started.

Innovations in window tinting at the touch of a button

Ever thought of technology that could allow you to simply press a button and have your window instantly tinted? New developments in the window tinting space, promises a future where this is possible. When complete, these innovative window blinds will enable people to enjoy beautiful views of their out of their offices and home by controlling what they want to be tinted and when they want it with just a touch of a button. The technology is an improvement of the already existing dynamic glass. Dynamic glass can transition from being transparent to a tinted and back. This technology has existed for many decades and has even made its way to the aviation industry, with many luxury airplanes fitted with these windows. However, these windows have not been perfect. They are expensive and slow, taking more than 20 minutes to fully tint. It is also difficult to control where you want to tint and when you want to tint. But with the new innovation, it will now be possible to flip a switch and turn a window dark in 30 seconds.

So how will it work?

It works by having a window with a transparent metal within the glass to help it conduct electricity. When electricity is pumped through the glass, the moving ions end up blocking the light in response to the electric current passing through. The window blind can block up to 95 percent of light when completely dark. These smart window tints will help in saving energy by blocking UV light which causes heat buildup during summer. They will also let in more light during winter, thus reducing the need to light up your house. All these benefits make it an interesting evolution that everyone will be looking forward to in the future.

The Photochromic Film

The photochromic film is a unique window film that has been in use for a few years now. It can turn from transparent to dark depending on the light exposure in the environment.

How does it work?

The film contains light-sensitive pigments that turn dark when exposed to sunlight. The sunlight’s UV radiation triggers a change in the chemical structure of the photochromic component of the pigment. The change in the structure of the chemical compound is not visible to the naked eye, but it creates a condition where only a portion of the visible light is blocked by the new photochromic compound formed.  During the daytime, the photochromic film becomes darker allowing you to beat the heat and at night, the window then goes back to being very light and clear. This way, you can keep your car much cooler during the day, but also, enjoy unrestricted clear views during the night without having to lower your windows. This creates a much better driving experience unlike other types of window films. The photochromic film only requires a couple of minutes in bright sunlight to transition from transparent to dark. So, whether you are concerned about having a better view and still being able to achieve a balance of heat and light, these innovative window tints will help you have it both ways. You don't have to worry about getting stuck with one level of tint shade that you have no control over. Written by Eric Tress

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