How to Cut Glare on a Window From IR LEDs

by Shannon Leigh O'Neil

While infrared, or IR, LEDs are not visible to the naked eye, they are extremely useful for illuminating objects in the dark while keeping out natural light. Security cameras and nighttime photography equipment often feature infrared LEDs for illumination with minimal effect on the surroundings. Controlling glare is not typically a problem associated with infrared LEDs. Nevertheless, if you’re noticing unwanted reflection, the solution is to filter out the transmission of visible light.

How to Cut Glare on a Window from IR LEDs

Step 1

Install blackout shades. These specialized window treatments are lined with Mylar, a polyester film that creates a light barrier, filtering out 100 percent of both visible and ultraviolet light rays. Because they produce the effect of total darkness, blackout shades are perfect for windows where infrared LEDs may be in use, such as home theaters and media rooms.

Step 2

Install solar shades. These state-of-the-art window treatments are the ideal solution for cutting glare while preserving a view of the outside, even while your shades are closed. Solar shades come in different mesh weaves, allowing you to select how much light and heat you want to screen out.

Apply glare-reducing films. These window coatings are available in a wide range of visible light transmission levels. Typically, darker films allow less light to permeate the window than lighter films. You should choose the darkest film you are comfortable with, when deciding on a film to cut glare, according to Concord Window Films.


About the Author

Shannon Leigh O'Neil, a New York City-based arts and culture writer, has been writing professionally since 2008. Her articles have appeared in "GO Magazine," "The New York Blade" and "HX Magazine," as well as online media. O'Neil holds a Master of Arts in modern art history from the City College of New York, where she also studied French and minored in classical languages.

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