What is Translucent Material

Horace He

Last Updated: December 26, 2023

What is Translucent Material

A translucent material is a type of material that allows partial transmission of light. Unlike transparent materials that enable clear visibility, translucent materials scatter and diffuse light as it passes through them. This scattering of light results in blurred and softened images of objects seen through the material. The degree of visibility through a translucent material depends on the amount of light that is scattered, absorbed, and reflected by the material.

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Translucent materials are commonly used in the lighting industry to create fixtures and shades that provide a soft and diffused light. By scattering the light, these materials help to reduce harsh shadows and glare, creating a more comfortable and visually pleasing illumination. Frosted glass is an example of a translucent material frequently used in lighting fixtures. It is created by sandblasting or acid etching the surface of the glass, which creates a rough texture that scatters the light passing through it. This diffusion of light results in a softer and more even distribution of light, enhancing the overall lighting experience.

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