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Privacy is paramount in medical facilities, where patients require confidentiality and comfort during their treatment. Privacy glass, also known as switchable glass or smart glass, offers an innovative solution to maintain discretion while enhancing the overall patient experience.

5 Benefits of Using Privacy Glass:

Enhanced Confidentiality

Privacy glass allows medical professionals to control the transparency of windows or partitions with a simple switch, providing instant privacy when needed. This feature ensures that sensitive consultations, procedures, or examinations remain confidential, enhancing patient trust and compliance with privacy regulations.

Improved Patient Comfort

Traditional curtains or blinds can feel intrusive and claustrophobic for patients, whereas privacy glass offers a seamless and modern alternative. By allowing natural light to filter through while maintaining privacy, patients can feel more relaxed and connected to the outside environment, contributing to a more positive healing experience.

Optimized Space Utilization

In crowded medical facilities where space is at a premium, privacy glass enables versatile room configurations without the need for permanent walls or partitions. By creating temporary privacy barriers when required, healthcare providers can maximize the use of existing space for different purposes, such as consultations, examinations, or recovery areas.

Easy Maintenance and Hygiene

Privacy glass surfaces are smooth and easy to clean, making them ideal for maintaining high standards of hygiene in medical environments. Unlike curtains or blinds that can harbor dust, allergens, or pathogens, privacy glass can be quickly wiped down with disinfectants, reducing the risk of cross-contamination and promoting a sterile environment.

Energy Efficiency

Many privacy glass products are designed to regulate sunlight and heat transmission, contributing to energy savings in medical facilities. By controlling the amount of natural light entering a room, privacy glass can help regulate indoor temperatures, reducing the reliance on artificial lighting and HVAC systems, thus lowering energy costs and environmental impact.

Types of Privacy Glass Available

  1. Electrochromic Glass: Uses electrical currents to adjust tint levels, offering gradual opacity control.
  2. Liquid Crystal Glass: Utilizes a film containing liquid crystals that align to block or transmit light when activated.
  3. PDLC (Polymer Dispersed Liquid Crystal) Glass: Contains a layer of liquid crystal droplets dispersed in a polymer matrix, which realigns to control light transmission when an electric current is applied.


Privacy glass represents a sophisticated solution to the privacy and spatial challenges faced by medical facilities. Its ability to balance discretion, comfort, and functionality makes it an invaluable asset in modern healthcare environments. By investing in privacy glass, medical facilities can enhance patient care, streamline operations, and uphold the highest standards of privacy and hygiene.

Who We Are

Tecdur is the leading manufacturer of smart glass for the UK and Ireland. Tecdur Switchable Glass provides the best clarity, lowest power consumption and lowest haze currently available.  We can offer a wide range of specifications to meet project requirements with our switchable glass, cost is dependent on specification, application and design. Please get in contact with us to discuss further.

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Frequently asked Questions

Our privacy glass works by utilising advanced PDLC (Polymer Dispersed Liquid Crystal) film. When an electrical current is applied, the liquid crystal molecules align, allowing light to pass through, making the glass transparent. When the current is switched off, the molecules mis-align, causing the glass to turn opaque or translucent, providing privacy.

Privacy glass is highly versatile and can be customized to suit various medical environments, including hospitals, clinics, dental offices, and rehabilitation centers.

Yes, privacy glass can often be retrofitted into existing structures, providing a convenient upgrade without extensive renovation work.

Privacy glass is designed to be durable and long-lasting, with most products offering robust construction and resistance to scratches and impacts.

While privacy glass may have a higher initial cost compared to traditional window treatments, its long-term benefits in terms of energy savings, hygiene, and functionality often justify the investment.

Privacy glass operates on electrical systems, so backup power sources should be in place to ensure continued functionality during power outages. Additionally, proper training on its operation and maintenance is essential to address any potential privacy issues effectively.

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