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The benefits of Anti-Reflective Glass

August 16, 2019

 

 

Reflection From Glass

Reflection from glass surfaces has long been a problem for people looking at something behind a display. These days you have anti reflective glass to combat that. Glass of this type comes specifically coated with a thin layer, which helps light pass through, instead of allowing a major part of it to bounce off.

 

While regular glass would let around 91% of the light get through, the remaining 8% still is reflected back. The outer coating on anti reflective glass, on the other hand, lets only up to 2% of light to get away, making for a clearer view of what is on the other side. The improvement is not just in the area of reduced glare, and since light is admitted more efficiently, everything on the far side looks brighter as well.

The main benefits

  • This type of glass is harder to spot, which means you will get the feeling of an unobstructed view.

  • Light passes through in greater amounts, so you see displayed items in a brighter setting.

  • Visibility of the object is greatly increased.

Where is anti reflective glass used?

  • Non-reflective glass finds uses in storefronts, restaurants, and anywhere where customers want good visibility of the items they check out.

  • Thin films are used in picture frames, and to make protective covers for art displays, where customer sight lines can start at any of numerous spots.

  • To supplement the visibility afforded by low-iron white glass.

  • To improve the color rendering through glass.

 

Coating and lamination

The coating process is followed by tempering and lamination. Strict quality control ensures that the coating is of superior standard. This is also the reason why anti reflective glass takes up to 5 weeks to prepare, depending on the intended application. Laminated and float glass types have a low-E coating, where only the side facing the outdoors will be coated with the non-reflective layer.

 

Types Of Glass Processing

Anti-reflective glass can be processed similarly to conventional glass, into:

  • Toughened safety type

  • Semi-tempered type

  • Laminated safety glass (LSG)

  • Insulation glass, or of a type to provide heat and/or solar protection

  • Bent glass without tempering

  • Sound insulation Type

  • Security alarm Type

  • Safety Glass for various purposes

Installation

It is always better to install coated glass after construction has been completed, so as to avoid damage from work such as plastering. No mortar, plaster, or concrete should wash over the glass, and firm-bonded adhesive should be kept away from the visible surface.

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