Switchable Smart Glass

Toughened Switchable Smart Glass

Our standard toughened Switchable Glass tends to be our most popular option worldwide offering a cost-effective solution where the liquid crystal Switchable coating is bonded directly to a toughened glass panel. Switchable Glass, also known as Smart Glass, switches from frosted to clear at the flick of a switch.

This means that the Switchable coating can be simply applied to any type or thickness of glass (including fire-rated), creating a solution with optimum clarity and performance. Another major factor is a reduction in manufacturing lead-time, making it the ideal choice for all time-critical projects.

Our standard toughened switchable glass (single glazed) uses toughened/tempered glass in thicknesses 5mm, 6mm, 8mm, 10mm, 12mm and 15mm. The 5mm and 6mm glass are often used by DGU/IGU manufacturers to build into their own sealed units.

A simple ON-OFF mode switches the glass from being clear (transparent) to frosted (opaque). In its frosted state, the Switchable layer acts as an electronic blind providing privacy and security for any glass, window or partition.

Toughened switchable glass can be manufactured to any size with three standard widths 1000mm (39″), 1200mm (47.3)  and 1500mm (59″). Larger sizes and custom shapes are also available. Multiple panels can be joined together to create large switchable glazed walls or partitions.

Laminated Switchable Smart Glass

The latest generation of Switchable technology, Laminated Switchable Smart Glass, offers greater safety and security in both the workplace and the home. Our unique manufacturing process means that our Laminated Switchable Smart Glass panels provide superior performance and clarity, compared to other switchable glass products in the market.

The seamless nature of laminate glass means that panels can be positioned side by side (glass to glass) without the need for any vertical frames. This makes switchable laminate glass the ideal choice for glass walls and partitions, creating a very minimal and contemporary look.

The switchable inter-layer is protected, being bonded between two sheets of glass, which makes laminate glass a safer product and more durable in certain applications – high traffic areas, bathrooms, hospitals, clean rooms etc. This durable solid state technology replaces the need for old fashioned blinds or curtains offering greater control and comfort within any room.

A simple ON – OFF mode switches the glass from being clear (transparent) to frosted (opaque). Two standard glass thicknesses are available 14mm and 12mm (custom sizes upon request).

Other options include low iron glass, toughened glass, bulletproof glass and light weight scratch resistant polycarbonate panels.

Black Tint Switchable Smart Glass

Switchable glass with a black tint offering a darker switchable product than standard

In line with our commitment to the development of switchable technology, Intelligent Glass are proud to announce our newest product in the switchable range – Switchable Dark.

This unique technology has been made using a proprietary manufacturing process that allows us to produce this darker variation of standard PDLC technology.

Market demand for a blackout switchable technology encouraged this development, however, due to the way PDLC technology operates, customers are often left disappointed that a true blackout switchable technology is physically impossible. This fact encouraged Intelligent Glass to begin work on a new product, a solution that blocks out even more light than standard switchable technology.

This product is the closest switchable alternative to a blackout solution possible, offering a darker switchable glass than has been seen in the past. The best of both worlds, Switchable Dark is the perfect compromise between a near blackout effect and style, allowing users to enjoy enhanced privacy as well as benefit from the functionality of switchable technology.

Switchable Smart Glass Skylights

Available in panel sizes up to 1.8m x 6m

Switchable Smart Glass Skylights are an excellent way to brighten up your space in a way that is sure to leave visitors in awe.

Traditional skylights are usually glass windows in a top floor ceiling, allowing the light from the sky to spill into the room, whilst keeping its occupants protected from the elements.

A skylight allows you to see directly up into the sky from inside a room, bringing the vast visual benefits of natural light into your space. However, one of the biggest issues with traditional skylights is the convenience of privacy. The very nature of a skylight dictates that it would usually be placed on the ceiling, and most ceilings are physically out of reach for many. This is problematic as privacy becomes a serious consideration, particularly in cities and built-up residential areas. Furthermore, if the roof of the building also serves as a separate floor, privacy is a pressing concern as usual skylights would expose a view from underneath.

The easiest solution to solving window privacy concerns would traditionally be blinds or curtains – however, the horizontal orientation of a skylight makes most curtains useless and blinds a major difficulty. The height of a skylight alone could make this not only difficult to install, but also incredibly frustrating to operate from below and possibly even look messy.

Sound Insulating Acoustic Switchable Glass

A primary function of our switchable technology is to provide privacy, and there is no better way to compliment this than by using glass with sound insulating properties. In environments which necessitate audio privacy, this technology provides you with the ability to provide sound insulation without having to compromise on style or effect.

Available for corporate, commercial and residential applications, our sound insulating Acoustic Switchable Smart Glass works well in a range of places. Used in warehouses or a factory, this technology can help to reduce the sound emitted from heavy machinery, as well as the loud noises often experienced in warehouse environments. This is ideal for corporate applications that require a separation between an office and factory environment, keeping those loud noises out of the office space.

The corporate applications do not end there – sound insulating Switchable Glass is perfectly placed in a standard office environment, creating total privacy both visually and audibly, making it suited to meeting rooms, conference rooms and boardrooms – environments where you wish to keep sound in.

Commercial applications sees this special glass work well in the service sector, such as opticians, car showrooms or even spas / salons. The perfect way to protect your customer’s privacy, this solution helps you avoid distractions and disturbance. On the residential front, sound insulating Switchable Smart Glass provides a fantastic way to create an environment of isolation, the ultimate shut off from the outside world, ideal for homes near busy roads or loud environments.

Fire Resistant Switchable Glass (Fire Safety Rated)

Bringing all the benefits of our standard switchable technology, privacy or projection is still only a press of a button away, making it a comprehensive solution for commercial and residential applications.

Used in the correct way in commercial applications, fire safety switchable glass can help to safeguard valuable office equipment or even furniture, minimising damage and helping to contain any fire that may break out.

Considering that one of the primary functions of switchable glass is to provide privacy, fire resistant switchable glass is perfectly placed for enclosing somewhere like a server room- providing privacy to hide your valuable IT systems as well as containing any fire which may break out, an important feature for an area with such a high risk of fire.

Fire resistant switchable glass will help you meet fire safety regulations whilst maintaining the stylish and modern environment you are looking to achieve.

A perfect alternative for standard steel or wooden fire doors, fire safety switchable glass may even be a safer option, allowing for the potential of greater visibility in the unfortunate event that the unthinkable does happen.

We collaborate with Pyroguard for this product, adding switchable capability to their fire safety glass. For more information about Pyroguard and their products, you can check out their website by clicking here.

Switchable Smart Glass Vision Panels

Switchable Smart Glass Vision Panels for commercial & domestic doors

Battery powered door vision panels for integration into doors & partition walls

The latest innovation from Intelligent Glass is the Switchable Smart Glass Vision Panels, allowing discreet visibility into (or out of) a room at the push of a button.

Powered by a replaceable AA battery pack, concealed within the door, our Switchable Smart Glass Vision Panels work independently of mains power. This gives excellent flexibility and little or no disruption during installation.

In its frosted, unpowered state the panel acts as an opaque blind, giving the room complete privacy. While the button is pressed, the Switchable element becomes clear, allowing the room to be checked without needing to open the door or disturb the occupants.

To find out more, download the Switchable Smart Glass Vision Panels spec sheet and our list of standard Vision Panel shapes.

Switchable Smart Glass Projection Screen

Switchable smart glass screens and walls for video projection applications

Turns instantly from a clear glass screen into an HD projection surface at the flick of a switch

A Switchable Smart Glass Projection Screen comes complete with a wired cable suspension system, 110V transformer and RF remote control switch. A simple ON – OFF mode switches the glass from being clear (transparent) to frosted (opaque) and in its frosted state the glass becomes a high definition rear projection screen (front/dual projection versions are also available).

Standard screen sizes of our Switchable Smart Glass Projection Screens range from 50″-120″ diagonal or custom sizes are available upon request.

Alternatively panels can be manufactured to any size and joined to create large format displays. These switchable smart glass screens have a very minimal look which will blend easily into any architectural or contemporary interior, making them the ideal screen choice for both historical buildings (churches, museums, theatres and concert halls) and modern hi-tech environments (hotels, offices, stadiums, shopping malls).

Switchable Coloured Glass

Sometimes you might wish to add a little colour to switchable glass, whether to tie in with a corporate brand, an interior design theme, or a darker tint to provide more shade. Switchable Coloured Glass is the perfect solution, offering all the functionality of our standard switchable technology, but with a stylish edge.

Intelligent Glass has developed a number of manufacturing processes to add colour to switchable glass, including laminating with a colour resin or applying special transparent coloured tints, creating a coloured smart glass perfect for privacy, partitioning or projection.

Coloured finishes are available on all Intelligent Glass switchable smart glass products from toughened panels to double glazing.

Coloured finishes are available on all products – please see the relevant product page for specifications:

  • Toughened Switchable Glass
  • Laminated Switchable Glass
  • Switchable Double Glazing
  • Switchable Vision Panels
  • Coloured Switchable Glass
  • Self Adhesive Switchable Film
  • Switchable Film For Lamination
  • Switchable Glass Projection Screen
  • Switchable Smart Projection Film

Switchable Smart Glass Double Glazing

Insulated glazing incorporating switchable smart glass technology

The latest generation of switchable double glazed smart glass windows combines the benefits of improved thermal performance with the immediate control over privacy/security.

This durable solid state technology replaces the need for old fashioned blinds or curtains offering greater control and comfort within any room. The (PDLC) switchable layer is coated down on the inner surface of one panel of glass, then this is combined with a second panel of glass to form a sealed unit.

Our switchable smart double glazed windows utilise a warm edge spacer bar with an argon filled air gap in between to offer greater insulation and performance. Depending upon the customer requirements we offer a variety of glass options e.g. low iron, low E coatings to provide the most efficient smart glass windows on the market today.

A simple ON – OFF mode switches the glass from being clear (transparent) to frosted (opaque). Three standard panel thicknesses are available 18mm, 24mm and 28mm (custom sizes upon request).

This product is simple to install just like any standard double glazed sealed unit. Enjoy the benefits of insulated glass making your room warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer.