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The Next Generation of Illumination


Today’s smart glass technology means you no longer have to choose between natural light and privacy. With the flip of a switch, tap of an app or a voice request, you can instantly transform glass from clear to opaque to create privacy without blocking light.

Photography by Eymeric Widling | Lux Windows (Okanagan, BC)
Photography by PDET-Photography | Weather Shield (Jackson Hole, WY)

There are several types of smart glass on the market, with the most common incorporating a liquid crystal film laminated between two glass panels. When an electric current is applied, the molecules align, allowing light to pass through and creating a transparent window. With no electrical charge, the molecules scatter, turning the glass from clear to opaque in a fraction of a second.

Kolbe Windows (National Partner)

Used on exterior windows, smart glass provides a clean and minimalist design option that eliminates the need for blinds or curtains while still letting in natural light. It also offers energy, cost-efficiency and UV-blocking benefits. Laminated glass panels block 99% of UVA rays in both modes, compared to a 55% reduction of harmful rays in standard glass, helping to protect valuable art, fabrics, furniture and flooring from the fading effects of UV radiation. Smart glass can also reduce your home’s heat absorption in the summer, minimizing the need for air conditioning. 

In residential interiors, smart glass is a natural choice for creating on-demand privacy in bathrooms, showers and spas, and it can be integrated into doors, walls and partitions. But there are also many applications beyond bathrooms. Smart glass is useful wherever additional light is desired, yet privacy is sometimes preferred. This includes bedrooms, home offices and rooms that receive less natural light. In home offices, large-format smart-glass applications can be used as a whiteboard or projection screen–which also makes them a top choice for cinema rooms. Smart glass can be tinted in a range of colours to complement interior design styles or create a unique design feature.

With smart glass, you get the best of all worlds. In its transparent mode, you enjoy abundant natural light and unrestricted views. In its opaque mode, you can gain privacy, eliminate harmful UV rays and lower your energy bills while continuing to enjoy a sense of openness and illumination that’s simply not possible with traditional window coverings.


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