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Old 10-23-2016, 11:20 PM   #1
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Smart Tint?

Has anyone ever heard of/used Smart Tint? My wife and I had watched a show about tiny homes that had used this product and it got us thinking about using it in our trailer; since it's still in the remodel stage and can be wired in easily. According to their website, www.smarttint.com they claim that it has 98% UV protection (both on and off), 42% solar reduction and uses 3-5 watts per square meter. It seems like it would be a decent investment to tint the windows when wanted/needed and to help keep some of the heat out while still being able to look out the window. One of the primary reasons we are looking at this is because part of the back window cuts into the bathroom, and we'd like more privacy. The installation seems simple enough. The even sell you a samples. If you have used it how do you like it? How did you work the wiring for the window openings? How easy can outsiders see shadows from within at night with the lights on? If you have a dimmer how do you like that aspect?
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Old 11-05-2016, 03:47 PM   #2
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Test Results

Well I ended up getting a sample piece of the black and white Smart Tints. The results seem to be pretty good. You can make out that there are shadows, however they are not particularly distinguishable. Took a few photos from inside and outside to show the results. The nighttime photos appear like duplicates however, they are taken at 10' and 2' from outside and 2' and 4' on the inside. I added a couple with a sheer curtain just to see if that helped much. The curtain seemed to help break up the shadows a bit more and made reasonably indistinguishable shadows even more so. While they are on (clear) the white is negligibly noticeable and the black provides a nice tinting factor to it. Both are basically impossible to see out of from inside while in the off (opaque) state. End result, probably going to go with the white and get a sheer curtain for looks. Wiring might be a challenge just to get it from the windows into the walls. But I'll have to figure that out eventually.
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Old 11-06-2016, 04:39 PM   #3
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Old 11-12-2019, 10:41 PM   #4
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Smart tint

Did you ever pull the trigger on this? Been thinking about doing it as well in leu of curtains.
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Old 11-13-2019, 05:06 AM   #5
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No, I haven't purchased it yet. Bur that isn't due to anything other than life getting in the way. Couple kids, new job, distance, etc have all prevented work on the trailer, in anything greater than a day here and there.

The issue I have been working on a solution for is the wiring aspect. Where/how to install it due to the opening. I was thinking maybe add a small tube, at the closest point, that would be able to guide it in and out of the needed hole. Then just sandwich the film between the pane and the glass.

That being said I am planning to go with it. Then maybe go with just a light curtain to keep excess evening light out.
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Pretty interesting stuff. Seems almost like something you see in a sci-fi movie!
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