If you’re looking to display works of art in your home or business, you might be curious about the efficacy of non-glare framing glass versus standard glass. Does non-glare glass really eliminate glare? Yes, non-glare and anti-reflective surfaces can assist in the removal of reflections and hot spots.
High-end custom framing shops and art galleries usually offer both a non-glare glass and an anti-reflection glass. The difference between the two, besides the cost, is that non-glare glass is etched, while anti-reflection glass is coated with a special material.
However, there are some disadvantages to non-glare or anti-reflective framing glass that you might not have considered:
It is important to remember that while some artworks can be dulled by non-traditional framing glass, other artworks may be unaffected or even enhanced. The disadvantages don’t necessarily mean that anti-reflective or non-glare surfaces aren’t the right way to go. They can and do offer a variety of benefits as well, including:
Phantom Contour Projectors are designed to help control and reduce glare on artwork with any type of glass or reflective finish. The unique optical characteristics of the Phantom framing projector allows for offset mounting, which changes the angle of incidence and forces the glare in the opposite direction from normal viewing angles. To learn more about addressing reflective glare and frame shadows, take a look at our projector supplement.
So does non-glare or anti-reflective glass truly eliminate glare? The short answer is yes. However, all options and potential disadvantages should be considered before making a final decision. For the best results when displaying art, consider speaking with a lighting professional because there are alternative ways to display art. A professional can help determine the best way to showcase the piece, taking all things into consideration, from the size and shape of the room, the art, and any existing lighting.
Next time you add a piece of art to your home or business collection, the team at Phantom Lighting would be happy to help you come up with a plan to properly display it – just give us a call toll-free at 800-863-1184.