FAQ GLOBAL SMART GLASS

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Does PDLC smart glass conduct electricity?

No, the internal PDLC layer is plastic and does not conduct electricity, since it is electrically insulated. Rather, it behaves more like a capacitor, where the applied signal alternates between positive and negative voltages at the plates of the capacitor, causing an alternating electric field throughout the PDLC dielectric, which is what aligns the liquid crystals with the frequency of the signal (normally 50 Hz or 60 Hz).

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Is smart glass/film a safety glass?

Yes, smart glass/film is a safety glass. Being laminated, it prevents scattering of glass fragments in case of breakage.

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Why does PDLC glass scatter light?

The liquid crystals change their refractive index in relation to the isotropically transparent polymer in which they are immersed, thereby creating multiple step boundaries throughout the PDLC.
It is this change in refractive index at each boundary which causes light to change course. Since the PDLC material contains millions of liquid crystals, each with a boundary facing a slightly different way, the light is scattered in many directions.
The net effect is to hide whatever is behind the PDLC smart glass.

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Are the only states of PDLC just ON and OFF?

No, the transmittance (level of transparency) of the PDLC can be varied from 0% in the OFF state up to any value you want until you reach the maximum transmittance (normally 70% or 80%). This is done by simply altering the voltage from 0 VAC up to 70VAC, which is typically the maximum recommended voltage. This can be done electrically with a variable isolating transformer, or electronically with a switched-mode smart glass dimmer.

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How to install the self-adhesive smart film?

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1.Preparation of Smart Film
1.1 Take out the self-adhesive smart film from the package carefully.
1.2 Put the dust cloth to a dust-free open space unroll the smart film and lay it flat.
2.Preparation of Glass
2.1 Check the glass and make sure if there are adhesive strips and any other obstacle on the edge of the glass.
2.2 If there are adhesive strips remove or cut off them around the glass.
2.3 Caution: Don't scratch the glass when you remove the strips.
2.4 Pick up the right film confirm the film size according to the size of glass.
2.5 Spray clean water or water with detergent on the glass.
2.6 Clean the glass with a blade make sure there's no dust or stain on the surface.
2.7 Wipe the water off the surface of glass.
2.8 Spray some water-free alcohol on the surface of the glass or use a clean cloth contained alcohol to wipe the surface of glass and the frame.
2.9 Make sure that the glass surface is clean and free of water.
3. Film Installation
3.1 Take the film and peel off the protective liner for 5 centimeter.
3.2 Align the film with glass and press the film on the glass slowly.Press the film to the surface of glass a few times slowly with a squeezer.
3.3 Caution: Don't spry water or detergent solution on the glass or film during installation of smart film.
3.4 Peel off the protective liner slowly for 3 to 5 centimeter each time and press the film with squeezer.
3.5 Squeeze the film step by step and make sure there's no bubble left between the film and glass.Repeat the action continuously until the film installed.
3.6 In case there's bubble or dirt between the film and glass peel off the film from glass and remove the dirt.
3.7 If the dirt is on the film adhesive side take a knife or other tool to pick up the dirt.If the dirt is on the glass wipe the glass with a clean cloth with alcohol.
3.8 After removal of dirt press the film on the glass and squeeze it on the glass.
3.9 Caution:The self-adhesive film could be peel off several times and the adhesive will still work.However we don't recommend it for more than 3 times.
3.10 If the self-adhesive film is too big you can cut the film with scissor or knife to the correct size.
3.11 Wipe the cutting edge with a clean cloth with water-free alcohol to avoid short-circuiting caused by rough edge.
3.12 Check the installed smart film in case the bubble or dirt spot peel off the part and reinstall it.
4.Wiring and Sealant
4.1 Connect the bus-bars with wires and wrap the wire joints with insulating tape.
4.2 Use Eva hot melt sealant to fix the wires to the edges of frame and film as designed.
4.3 Peel off the protective liner from the outside of smart film.
4.4 In order to prevent water from entering the self-adhesive film from the edge it is necessary to apply sealant on the edge.GE381 silicone Weather-proofing sealant is our recommended edge sealant.
5.Final Cleaning
5.1 Clean the surroundings and enjoy the smart film.
5.2 If you want to get more informaion, please feel free to visit globalsmartglass.com.
Switch the smart glass,switch to a new world.

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What is smart glass comprised?

Smart glass is a laminated glass comprising 2pcs of glass sandwiched in between by an EVA/PVB interlayer.

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