Today’s commercial building design focuses on large, open areas and workspaces, but sometimes building aesthetics get in the way of business needs – specifically the need for privacy. Though modern retail stores, hospitals, government buildings, and schools tend to feature an open look, their employees, customers, and students still need privacy to ensure security and confidentiality.
3M One Way Mirror Film offers specifications that provide an elegant solution to the question of how to increase privacy in an open space. That’s why building managers are increasingly choosing to install 3M Mirror Film in their locations.
What Is 3M One Way Mirror Film?
Part of the 3M privacy film line, 3M Mirror Film covers your interior glass to provide a highly reflective, mirror-like appearance.
In addition to improving privacy, 3M One Way Mirror Film enhances safety and security throughout a commercial building, delivering the look and results you want at a fraction of the cost of new glass.
It’s important to note that the physics of mirrored film means that it always requires a light differential (it must be brighter on the outside than it is on the inside), so you’ll want to work closely with a mirror film installation expert to choose the best areas for your 3M Mirror Film.
3M Mirror Film Specifications
Curious to know the exact specs on 3M’s mirrored privacy film? As usual, the experts at NGS have got you covered.
|Visible Light Transmitted||7%|
|Visible Light Reflected – Interior||64%|
|Visible Light Reflected – Exterior||18%|
|*Source: 3M Safety & Security Window Film Privacy Films datasheet|
If these stats have got you scratching your head, here’s what that says in layman’s terms:
3M Mirror Film’s light transmission qualities help boost the lighting differential needed for mirrored film to work well in a range of settings, and its reflective qualities make it hard to see into a mirrored area – but easy to see out. The film is fog-free, providing for crystal-clear visibility, and its thickness provides admirable durability paired with a fast cure time.
Of course, if you have questions about any of the 3M One Way Mirror Film specifications, simply contact us for fast information.
How to Use 3M Mirror Film
Like all 3M window and glass films, 3M Mirror Film is flexibly crafted to fit a range of applications. However, most building managers tend to use 3M One Way Mirror Film in three ways:
- Security Areas – In retail, office, and government buildings, fully mirrored walls and areas help conceal security guards. Visitors can’t see in, but security has a clear view out and can act quickly when the need arises. In schools, it also allows children to shelter in place in a locked, dark classroom while an active shooter is loose in a lit hallway – not allowing the shooter to see in from the hallway side of the glass.
- Privacy Zones – In banks, schools, hospitals, and many office buildings, certain departments tend to work with more sensitive data. This film’s mirrored effect helps secure those areas from prying outside eyes, while maintaining spatial aesthetics for those inside the mirrored area.
- Modern Offices – The increasing trend toward co-working spaces and shared workstations in modern office buildings means meetings can take place anywhere in the building. Savvy building managers support this trend with 3M Mirror Films cut into decorative patterns, which supply privacy throughout an open office space without breaking the flow of the floorplan.
Work with an Experienced Professional for Your Mirror Film Installation
3M One Way Mirror Film is a great solution for a range of safety, security, and privacy needs, but it requires highly specific lighting conditions to work. Your best bet for a flawless film installation is to work with NGS, the #1 Commercial Window Film Company in the U.S. That way, you can ensure that your mirror film meets your exact specifications and fits your needs.
Discover your wide range of options for privacy film when you contact NGS, the Film and Glass experts.