Translucent materials include frosted glass and various polymers. When light strikes transparent materials, only a portion of it goes through. As a result, we can't see through them; objects on the other side of a translucent object appear fuzzy and hazy.
Frosted glass is clear glass with small particles of white or colored glass embedded in it. The particles are large enough to see through but small enough to stop all light from passing through the material. As a result, we can look at things behind the glass but they will not be perfectly clear. A similar material made of plastic is used in visual effects for television shows and movies to give an otherwise clear screen an aged, vintage appearance.
Polymers are organic compounds consisting of repeated simple molecules called monomers that are bonded together to form long chains. Polymers can be natural (such as collagen) or synthetic (made in a laboratory). Transparent plastics such as PET (polyethylene terephthalate) and PC (polycarbonate) are examples of synthetic polymers used in manufacturing. Natural polymers include gelatin and alginate. These materials are used in medicine to coat implants to help them remain attached to bone during recovery.
Gelatin is obtained by boiling skin, bones, or other animal tissues with water to remove protein, ash, and other non-volatile components.
Translucent items enable light to pass through them. The light does not pass through the materials directly. Instead, the light is reflected away from the viewer's eyes by the surface of the material. This effect is called "glow" or "shine".
The word "translucent" comes from two Latin words meaning "through" and "color." So, something that is translucent allows light to go through it while at the same time coloring the light that does get through.
Modern light bulbs are usually made of glass or plastic. These materials are clear or have very small amounts of color added during manufacturing. They allow light to go in one end and come out the other without blocking anything out.
The most common type of translucent light bulb is the incandescent lamp. These lamps were first invented by Thomas Edison. They are still used today in some special applications where they can be better choices than fluorescent or LED lamps.
In addition to normal incandescent lamps, there are also specialty lamps that are translucent. Some examples include: street lights, spotlights, and decorative lamps.
The lifespan of a translucent light bulb depends on how much use it gets.
Light may flow through translucent things, but it is distorted. As an example, consider frosted or stained glass. Opaque things are those that do not allow light to flow through them. Translucent things are those that do.
Translucent. Allowing light to flow through but dispersing it such that people, objects, and so on on the other side are not clearly visible: Translucent but not transparent, frosted window glass. A translucent substance, on the other hand, allows you to see the items on the opposite side plainly. Glass is an example of a transparent material.
Window tinting is the process of adding a layer of color to the outside surface of a window to reduce the transmission of heat and sunlight while allowing visibility of what's on the other side. The two main types of window tints are dark-tinted windows and light-tinted windows. Dark-tinted windows are clear or slightly colored on their outside surface, while light-tinted windows are completely colored black or another dark color. Both types of window tints reduce the amount of heat that enters a room by preventing nearly all of the sun's energy from reaching the inside surface of the glass. This benefit is especially important in hot climates like those found in southern California where air conditioning is used extensively during summer months.
Dark-tinted windows require less maintenance than light-tinted windows because there is less exposure to ultraviolet (UV) rays which cause damage to fabrics and vinyl siding. Light-tinted windows must be repainted periodically because even though they look fine now, the paint will eventually wear off.
Transparent materials include air, water, and clear glass. Glass, for example, is completely transparent to visible light. These materials reflect part of the light that reaches them.
Water is a transparent liquid that appears bright because of its reflection of light. The angle at which light strikes a surface determines whether it is reflected or not. If it is reflected at an angle greater than the critical angle, it will be refracted into the liquid and will continue on into another object or piece of water. Anything that is transparent and smooth enough to allow this phenomenon to occur is called "visibly transparent."
The color of water depends on its composition. Pure water is almost colorless; however, other substances present in water can give it a colored hue. For example, red wine makes white water appear pink, and green tea makes it look yellowish-green. These colors in water are called "tints" and originate from the ingredients used in making the beverage. They are not additives given to water to make it look more appealing; rather, they are natural products found in many foods. Tints are usually caused by chlorophyll present in plants such as sugarcane, spinach, lettuce, and corn.
Translucent things enable some light to flow through them. We are unable to see through opaque things. Glass, air, and water are among examples. Wax paper, greased paper, and so forth are examples. Opaque objects block all light from flowing through them.
Opaque objects include paint, clay, cement, and wood. These objects can be made transparent by either adding glass to them or using plastic sheets as glazing for windows and doors. Transparent objects include window glass, clear ice cubes in a glass of iced tea, and clear tape lying on top of another piece of tape.
Things that are not classified as opaque or translucent include solid colors, images, and graffiti. You can read text under these conditions, but it is difficult to see exactly what is written. Solid colors include the rainbow, blueprints, and charts. Images include photographs, paintings, and drawings. Graffiti includes words, numbers, symbols, and patterns drawn with spray paint or other markers. This category also includes handwriting that is difficult to make out because of its small size or due to its being mixed in with other writing.
If you look at the world around you, you will find that most objects are translucent or opaque. For example, the sun rises over the horizon and lights up the landscape, while the trees remain dark.