VariGuard SmartGlass in light-blocking and clear states, at 2018 WCAF
VariGuard, a business unit of Research Frontiers Inc., exhibited its SPD-SmartGlass framing products at the WCAF this week, demonstrating how SmartGlass protects against damage from exposure to light to preserve the value of art, collectibles and cherished family items.
Visitors at the West Coast Art and Framing Expo (WCAF) experienced the biggest revolutionary leap in conservation glass since UV filtering. VariGuard, a business unit of Research Frontiers Inc., exhibited its SPD-SmartGlass framing products at the event.
Conservation glass only protects items against fading from UV exposure but offers no protection against light exposure. The inability of conservation glass to protect against light exposure limits its effectiveness against fading damage. The Canadian Conservation Institute states that “UV usually contributes less than half of the fading and often only one tenth…To reduce the fading…there is only one option: reduce light exposure.” VariGuard SmartGlass is the only product in the marketplace to effectively solve this problem.
VariGuard SmartGlass protects against damage from exposure to light to preserve the value of art, collectibles and cherished family items. At the touch of a button, VariGuard SmartGlass instantly switches between its transparent and its 99.5% light-blocking states. As a result, exposure to light is limited to when the item is actually being viewed, providing maximum protection. (VariGuard SmartGlass also provides more than 99.5% UV filtering at all times).
In addition to providing protection from damage due to exposure to light, VariGuard SmartGlass also offers the unique ability to conceal and then instantly reveal items in frames or display cases. This feature is valuable for presentations, exhibits, or dramatically showing off items in homes or buildings.
To raise awareness of the unprecedented benefits of VariGuard SmartGlass, the company has launched an advertising campaign targeting the display case and custom framing industries. The first phase of the campaign utilizes publications from leading conservation institutions in the US/UK as well the leading institution for the picture framing industry.