On the left is a view through Starphire glass, while on the right is a view through common Soda-Lime glass. The light transmission difference is clearly visible when looking through just 1/2" of the glass. If you are edge lighting a project that is 12" tall, the light must travel through 12" of glass, and it needs all the help you can give it.
Ordinary Glass is Green With Envy! When it comes to edge color for glass, some things are never as clear as they appear in the showroom. Itís an unfortunate fact: when you order glass for any project, the edge color gets darker as the glass gets thicker. Look at the edge of almost any piece of standard furniture glass and youíll notice a green cast. That effect is exaggerated as the glass becomes thicker or longer. This phenomena is demonstrated by the chart to the right, which shows how the greenish hue of conventional clear glass becomes increasingly dark as the length or the thickness of the glass grows. In addition to getting darker as it gets thicker, edge color may also be affected by other factors, such as ambient lighting, or the way a shaped edge is contoured.
The Edge of Starphire Glass
If light transmittance is needed, as in an edge lighted project, Starphire Ultra Clear Glass is the industries most transparent glass, thanks to a proprietary glass formulation and manufacturing process that gives this extraordinary product a jewel like blue edge not available from any other glass product on the market. Compare yourself, using the chart to the right. As you can see, even at a length of 130 inches, Starphire glass edge maintains a pleasing blue-green aesthetic, allows more light while offering unmatched levels of brightness, color fidelity, clarity and visual excitement.
If you would like your projects to look their very best, the best choice is clearly,