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Auto darkening windows

I understand there's a new (to me) glass available that will automatically darken when a strong light hits it. Does anyone know if it is available for an older MB? I have a 1997 C-280 and would like to have it installed in the rear window.

Thanks for any information on this.
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Everything is possible if you have money for it.
The technology our MB is using in side mirrors is efficient and pretty reliable, but piece of 3x5 glass with the liquid inside cost well over $200.
How that would recalculate on several sq ft of windows?
Are we having new technology coming to the market?
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At this point, there is no such thing for anything besides mirrors. Get a 50% tint job (really light) done on the rear of the vehicle. Problem solved.
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That triggered my memory, that few years ago I've seen self-darkening sunglasses on the market.
Don't see them anymore. Would that indicate anything?
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You can still buy self-darkening prescription eyeglasses, or at least you could 3-4 years ago when I bought mine. On their advice I did not buy those. They said a bad idea for my 1st pair. I understand your desire. I have a power rear window sunshade and it remains up 99% of the time.

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That triggered my memory, that few years ago I've seen self-darkening sunglasses on the market.
Don't see them anymore. Would that indicate anything?
I've had the auto darkening prescription glasses since the late 1960's. Transitions and photogrey are two common names for them. Personally I love them, and wouldn't buy prescription glasses without them. no need for sunglasses most of the time and they lighten when you go insde. However the one problem is that they aren't necessarily good in a car since they require UV to darken completely and autoglass blocks most UV. so inside a car they will darken, but not as much as when you step outside.

there is a new version now available that is designed to work inside a vehicle and not rely on UV to darken.

But, SL's do have a panorama roof as an option which my understanding is a roof panel that can be darkened. Hopefully someone with an SL can chime in and correct me if I'm wrong.

There are at least 3 ways to make glass darken, photochromeric AKA "transitions" glasses, electrochromeric, AKA drivers outside mirror and rear view mirror with a liquid between two pieces of glass, and Liquid Crystal polarizing with an electric field.

It would be interesting to know which method is used on SL's panoramic roof.


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