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SPD-SmartGlass display panels optimally protect artifacts by limiting their light-exposure only to those times when people are viewing them. Protecting Light Sensitive collectibles and artifacts in the following applications:

  • Freestanding, wall and table top display cases
  • Picture frames
  • Partitions
  • Shadowbox frames

SPD-SmartGlass technology provides the best protection for your light-sensitive artifacts. More information on such applications can be found on the website of SPD-SmartGlass.

SPD-SmartGlass also offers benefits in appliances and eyewear applications such as ski goggles, sunglasses and visors.

Applications:

  • Freestanding, wall and table top display cases
  • Picture frames
  • Partitions
  • Shadowbox frames

Available with high performance anti-reflection and IR-rejection properties.

SPD-SmartGlass – the best protection for your light-sensitive artifacts.

Visible Light Transmittance: As low as 99.96% light blockage
As high as 80% light transmission
UV rejection: As high as 99.9% (full-time), protection up to 400 nm
Solar Control: Dark state: As high as 95% heat blockage
Clear state: As high as 57% heat transmission
Intermediate States: Infinitely tunable
Switching Speed: 1-3 seconds
Switching Uniformity: Completely uniform – no blotchiness or iris effects
Maximum Power Draw: As low as 0.06 watts/sq.ft
Size: Length: No limitation
Width: Up to 1.8 meters
Shapes: Any
Substrates: Chemically strengthened glass
Acrylic
Polycarbonate
Composite glass
Bullet and hurricane resistant composites also available

What are some of the benefits of SPD-SmartGlass appliances?

  • Improved energy efficiency by allowing users to view the contents of the appliance without having to open its door
  • Aesthetically appealing design possibilities for OEMs and their customers.

What are some of the benefits of SPD-SmartGlass eyewear products?

  • They are instantly and precisely adaptable to a wide range of user preferences and environmental conditions
  • Can provide glare reduction without the loss of view
  • Can be integrated with prescription and non-prescription eyewear products
  • Require very low amounts of power to operate

What are some of the benefits of SPD-SmartGlass for artifact protection?

  • Protects artifacts that already are on display.
  • Showcases artifacts once considered too light-sensitive to exhibit.
  • Extends the duration of exhibits of light-sensitive artifacts.
  • Provides more exciting visitor experiences.
  • Is easily integrated with automated control systems such as motion detectors.
  • Reduces risk of theft.

Does SPD-SmartGlass also block harmful ultraviolet light?

Yes – SPD-SmartGlass blocks 99%+ of harmful UV light at all times, thus providing an additional level of artifact protection. Fabrications of SPD-SmartGlass that block UV light up to 400 nm are available. Please contact us for more information.

What are the primary features of SPD-SmartGlass for artifact protection?

SPD-SmartGlass allows visible light to reach artifacts only when people want to view them. At all other times SPD-SmartGlass blocks visible light and protects artifacts.

Is SPD-SmartGlass only available in new display cases, frames and partitions?

The light-protecting benefits of SPD-SmartGlass can be enjoyed for new cases, frames and partitions. In addition, any existing museum products can be retrofitted with SPD-Smart windows. Just complete the “Project Inquiry Form” found in the main menu “Contact” section, to learn more about SPD-Smart museum products. Be sure to indicate your interest is in retrofit installations.

In what types of museum applications can SPD-SmartGlass be used?

Museum conservators, curators and private collectors can use SPD-SmartGlass for a variety of artifact-protecting solutions including freestanding, wall and tabletop display cases, picture frames and partitions.

How does SPD-SmartGlass work?

Based on patented SPD technology developed by Research Frontiers, SPD-SmartGlass optimally protects artifacts by limiting their light-exposure only to those times when people want to view them.

SPD-SmartGlass’s ability to control an artifact’s light exposure begins with a thin light-control film that is laminated between glass or plastic substrates. This film contains millions of nano-scale particles. When no electrical voltage is present, the particles randomly orient and block visible light, thus protecting the artifact. When an electrical voltage is applied, the particles align and allow light to pass through the glazing, which enables the artifact to be seen and enjoyed. If needed, an unlimited number of intermediate light-control states are available simply by regulating the voltage to the film.

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