Convex mirror uses

Convex mirrors are beneficial for a variety of purposes, including traffic-related applications, parking aids, school, and shop security, and, of course, search and inspection mirrors, as long as they are not positioned in such a way as to invade the privacy of others.

Mirrors positioned to eliminate blind spots for drivers exiting a home driveway, commercial site exit, or at a tricky "T" junction where two or more roads meet are examples of traffic-related applications. Often, such mirrors will have a distinctive colored frame to draw drivers' attention to their presence as a helpful aid.

Materials are used to make convex mirrors

Convex mirrors come in a variety of materials; here's a rundown of the most common materials used to make reflecting mirror lenses:

Glass is a classic choice because it produces a clean, clear image. However, when compared to plastic-type material alternatives such as acrylic or polycarbonate, glass is very fragile and heavy.

Glass is a less than ideal solution where there is a possibility of vandalism, or where the mirror is put in a public place where glass fragments could injure customers, workers, or visitors, among other things.

Because it is relatively inexpensive, acrylic is a generic term used to describe the material used to produce numerous plastic budget mirrors.

On the plus side, it's a light material that, when properly made, may produce a reflection comparable to that of a glass mirror.

On the negative side, acrylic will shatter on impact, potentially sending sharp fragments flying and causing harm. As a result, using acrylic mirrors in public places is not recommended. There are, however, several grades of acrylic mirrors available, some of which are safer than others because, while they will still break on impact, they are less likely to fracture.

Polycarbonate is once again a generic name for a variety of plastic mirror materials, including polycarbonate, polymer, and others.

Polycarbonate mirrors differ from acrylic mirrors in that they are almost indestructible (about 200 times stronger than glass) and can resist even significant impacts, making them excellent for traffic mirrors, harsh environments, and other applications.

Unfortunately, producing a high-quality semi-rigid polycarbonate mirror is more expensive than producing an acrylic mirror, so the selling price must be greater.

Types and sizes of convex mirrors

Convex mirrors come in a variety of forms and sizes, making them useful for a variety of uses. Round, rectangular, and hemisphere and part hemisphere mirrors are also popular.

 The size of the mirror lens itself results in a greater overall size including the mirror frame.

The diameter of a round mirror is measured across it, with popular sizes ranging from 300 to 1,000mm.

What color frame should I use to frame my convex mirror?

While a frame-less mirror may be desired for some applications (such as some retail security applications). Most mirrors have some type of frame and backing to improve overall strength and resilience.

Red, green, or white surrounds are available on plastic-framed general-purpose mirrors. Many environments merge well with white.