Posted on: 29 December 2016
Typically, window tinting is used to maintain the interior temperature of vehicles and houses as well as minimise the amount of light entering. However, over recent years the growing advancements in technology have seen new types of window tinting technology that can get used for various functions other than just keeping the sun at bay. Here are four emerging window tinting technologies that have marked the beginning of a new era in tinting.
Smart window tinting technology Smart windows, sometimes referred to as electro-chromatic glass technology, is a type of window tinting technology that enables a window pane to change from clear to completely opaque. When the light intensity increases, the glass becomes darker; if the light reduces, the glass becomes transparent. An individual may opt to install a smart glass with a manual operation, where they can regulate the clarity of the glass to their preference. Alternatively, the smart windows can get connected to the digital management systems of the building where the glass will get a constant adjustment to suit the comfort level of the occupants at all times.
Photo-voltaic technology This form of window tinting technology comes with a daylight to electricity converter. It works in the same way as a solar panel, thus making it suitable for turning the windows of a building into a renewable energy power source. Despite the initial installation costs being relatively high, this technology is one of the most energy efficient systems available because the generated power can be used to supplement the building's electricity consumption. Another benefit of the technology is that the power produced can be utilized for lighting purposes, thus reducing the energy bills for the building.
Photochromic glass Though photochromic glass usually gets used in spectacles where it darkens when exposed to sunlight, its application has also been adopted for windows as a window tinting solution. Despite the tinting abilities of the glass, there are still some unresolved issues encountered when using it for buildings. One significant problem with the glass is that it tends to make the indoors a lot cooler when it darkens, and thus the HVAC system may be required to work harder to regulate the temperature to a comfortable level for the building's occupants.
Intelligent vehicle glass The car manufacturer Continental was the first company to introduce intelligent vehicle glass. According to the enterprise, they have invented a glass that can tint the windows of the car via the push of a button. The tinting effect gets initiated by running an electric current through the vehicle's windscreen and windows. When the current gets turned off, particles in the glass rearrange to make the glass clear; when the current is activated, the same particles align in a parallel manner making the glass darker. Unfortunately, the window tinting technology is quite expensive, so it will most likely get used in only high-end vehicles.Share