We often get asked about switchable window film, mostly around how it works and how easy it is to install. Whilst the idea behind the specialist films are fairly straightforward, the technology and how it is implemented is a little more complex.
In this blog, we’ll be looking into LCD switchable window films and exploring what they are, how they work and who they are suited to.
What is LCD Window Film?
LCD window film, or switchable window film, is a product that allows the transparency of a window to be changed at the flick of a switch. This is a fantastic way to provide an extra element of privacy to a room and can be used on both internal and external windows.
Switchable window film is also an effective alternative to using blinds or curtains as it offers both privacy and security. When installed correctly, these films can add a professional feel to meeting rooms, offices and other areas.
How Does LCD Switchable Window Film Work?
These optical liquid crystal films work by passing an electrical current through liquid crystals. Using polymer dispersed liquid crystal (PLDC) technology, these are then polarised causing frosted glass to appear transparent. When the current is turned off the effects are reversed and the glass will once again appear frosted.
Benefits of Switchable Window Film
As you can imagine, there are some great benefits associated with installing switchable glass. Some of the key ones are:
- Added privacy for both commercial buildings and residential homes
- Diverse functionality (makes a great projector screen for example!)
- Simple to use
- Minimal effect on natural light
- Quick and easy to install
Switchable Window Film vs Switchable Glass
There is often some confusion around the terms switchable glass and switchable window film. They refer to essentially the same concept but are, in fact, different products.
Switchable glass refers to smart glass that allows users to enjoy extra protection thanks to the availability of double glazed units, fire resistance and laminated safety glass. There are also more options available when installing switchable glass as it is available in multiple colours and allows for easier use in design and construction settings.
Switchable window film is a revolutionary product that offers many of the same functionalities but with a greater level of flexibility. Switchable smart film can be applied to existing windows and allows the user to alter their transparency at the push of a button.
LCD Switchable Window Film From Guardian Window Films
There are a whole host of situations in which LCD films can benefit the user. From keeping your showroom safe at night and adding privacy to meeting rooms to providing an excellent alternative to blinds and permanently frosted glass, LCD switchable window film works well in both commercial and residential settings.
Guardian specialises in installing a wide range of window films with LCD Switchable film starting from £750 per m². If you think switchable films could be of benefit to you then get in touch with our experienced team today. We guarantee a quick and disruption-free installation.