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Non Reflective Glass

Non Reflective Glass

Date posted: June 15, 2015 // Glass

How Non Reflective Glass is Used in Industry Applications

Anti-reflection glass is now widely used across many industries, including medical, automotive, fashion, art, interior decorating, optical and military industries. Although many words are used to describe non reflective glass, such as reflection control and non-glare glass, the terms all mean exactly the same. Non reflective refers to the technology used to reduce the total amount of light which is reflected from the outside surface of a glass panel.

Should one use reflective glass for a photo frame, artwork or the window dressing glass of a retail store, most of the light transmits through to the object behind the glass and into the viewer’s eyes, where images are then processed in the brain.  The light will reflect differently depending on the angle of the light and a spot of intense light is then created which makes it difficult to appreciate the object behind the glass, since the light reflection basically blinds the viewer.

With non reflective glass, the one surface isn’t 100% smooth and this prevents light from reflecting in one specific direction. The original intense light spot is eliminated, which makes it possible for the viewer from the other side of the glass to properly see the object behind the glass clearly. Non reflective glass thus makes viewing of objects behind the glass easier.

Various technologies are used to ensure proper diffusion from the surface. The main categories involve either on-the-glass or in-the-glass reflection control. With the on-the-glass method, an exceptionally thin layer of a special material is applied onto the glass, which then facilitates the diffusion of the light. With the in-the-glass technology, the glass is acid etched which results in an almost invisible irregular glass surface area that provides for optimal light diffusion. Although both methods are successful, the in-the-glass technology ensures long-lasting results, though often more expensive.

How to Choose Non Reflective Glass

The tint of the glass will affect the colour of the object behind it and the total amount of light diffusion will also affect the colour saturation of the object. You will want the minimum tinting if the glass is used for artwork framing or for window displays. However, in normal architectural settings, such as offices or homes, such will not really matter.

When it comes to coating, a special optimal coat is applied to the glass which helps to reduce glare. This is often used for applications such as glasses, binoculars, gun telescopic sights and telescopes, even though the in-the-glass technology is also applied where available.

Where to Buy

Buy from us at Labotec Industrial Technologies. We are an award-winning manufacturer and supplier of high-quality specialised glass products, including non reflective, optical and fire-resistant glass. We’re an established and reputable manufacturer and supplier of non reflective glass in South Africa. With a history dating back over 50 years, we certainly have the experience and expertise to ensure that your requirements can be met. We have supplied glass to various industries, including optical components to the defence industry, nuclear windows for application in the nuclear industry and x-ray protection glass in clinics across the country.
Contact us for more information or a quote on the glass of choice.