Blackout Vs Privacy Smart Glass: What’s Best for Your Space?

Blackout Vs Privacy Smart Glass: What’s Best for Your Space?

In the dynamic realm of architecture and design, smart glass technology has emerged as a transformative tool, offering unprecedented control over light and space. However, amidst the excitement, questions often arise about the different types of smart glass and their capabilities. One common inquiry we receive from architecture and interior design professionals is the desire for “blackout glass” or glass that provides blackout effects. While these requests are understandable, it’s crucial to understand the nuances of smart glass technologies to make informed decisions. Let’s delve deeper into the world of smart glass and demystify the options available.

Understanding Which Smart Glass Solutions Create ‘Blackout’

Smart glass technology offers architects and designers a range of solutions for enhancing privacy, controlling light transmission, and improving energy efficiency. However, not all smart glass is created equal, and it’s essential to choose the right technology for specific project requirements. Here’s a breakdown of the three main smart glass options:

1. SPD Smart Glass: Shading and Glare Reduction Solution

If there is need to create a blackout from a shading perspective, then SPD Smart Glass is the suitable pick for:

  • Blocking Infrared Light: SPD (Suspended Particle Device) smart glass blocks up to 99% of infrared (IR) light, reducing glare and heat while maintaining a clear view through the glass.
  • Natural Light Control: Perfect for spaces where natural light is desired but excessive heat and glare need to be mitigated.
  • Limited Privacy Control: SPD does provide some level of privacy protection but doesn’t completely obscure the view and is not the best option if privacy is a concern.
SPD skylight animation

2. PDLC Smart Glass: Perfect Privacy Solution

If the desire is to create a blackout from a privacy perspective, then PDLC Smart Glass is the best choice for:

  • Complete Concealment: PDLC (Polymer Dispersed Liquid Crystal) smart glass provides unparalleled privacy by completely concealing the view.
  • Ideal for Privacy Needs: Whether it’s conference rooms, healthcare facilities, or residential settings, PDLC smart glass ensures discretion and confidentiality.
  • Limited Shading Control: PDLC does not shade a room and isn’t suitable for projects where shading is desired.
animated smart glass pattern

3. Blackout Smart Glass: Combining PDLC and SPD for Optimal Results

By integrating both PDLC and SPD smart glass technologies, architects and designers can achieve the closest approximation to complete blackout glass available on the market. Allowing for dynamic, variable control of both privacy and separately and together. Here’s how the combination works:

  • Privacy with Concealment: The PDLC layer provides privacy by concealing the view. This can be used on its own to block privacy, while still allowing light to enter the space. A solution not possible with traditional shading applications such as curtains.
  • Shading and Glare Reduction: The SPD layer blocks IR light, offering shading and glare reduction without compromising visibility entirely. When used in conjunction with PDLC, light is also blocked from entering the space.

Gauzy’s Commitment to Clarity and Education

At Gauzy, we understand the importance of clarity and informed decision-making when it comes to smart glass solutions. That’s why we’re dedicated to educating our clients and partners about the capabilities of different smart glass technologies, helping them choose the right solution for their specific requirements.

Empowering Architects and Designers with Smart Glass Solutions

Whether you’re designing a corporate office, a luxury hotel, or a residential space, Gauzy’s innovative smart glass technologies empower you to create environments that are visually stunning, functional, and adaptable to the needs of occupants. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you bring your vision to life with smart glass solutions tailored to your project.

Want to learn more about Smart Glass or receive a quote? Contact the Smart Glass experts at Gauzy today.

Disclaimer: The content provided on this website is intended for informational purposes only and should not be considered as a technical document. While we strive to provide accurate and up-to-date information, it is important to consult with your smart glass representative for the most current and final details regarding the benefits, services, and performance of our products

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