09 Aug What are the reasons for using convex mirrors?
A convex mirror, or curved mirror, is defined as a mirror in which the reflective surface bulges outward toward the light source. It reflects light in a divergent manner for better visibility. Convex mirrors are often referred to as fisheye mirrors and diverging mirrors. The images from convex mirrors are virtual images, which are much smaller compared to the actual size of the object. Hence, in most cases, convex mirrors will be used where bigger objects need to be viewed in small size. Why are curved mirrors so popular?
Convex mirrors are cost-efficient and durable
Diverging mirrors are manufactured from lightweight and durable materials such as glass, polycarbonate, stainless steel or acrylic. Convex mirrors enhance security measures while being sustainable without requiring much maintenance. Moreover, they are easy to install.
Convex mirrors are ecological
The fact that convex mirrors are made in recycled materials makes them environmental-friendly. They do not use electricity; so, no energy expenses.
Convex mirrors enhance visibility
The ability of convex mirrors to diverge light rays while reflecting them, makes them perfect to be used in the rear-view mirrors of vehicles for a wider field of vision for the drivers. They are also used for security purposes by allowing a visual on blind spots and hard-to-see areas. Furthermore, curved mirrors stand as a perfect complement to CCTV system, placed in a strategic placement. It increases the field of view over the monitored area while recording.
Convex mirrors fit various positions and placements
Convex mirrors are usually circular, rectangular, full-dome, half-dome, quarter-dome, hemisphere or part-hemisphere. Their sizes vary from 300 – 1200 mm to provide panoramic views of the location. Convex mirrors are commonly used at home, in stores, supermarkets, clinic hallways, schools, hotels etc.
Convex mirrors are designed for both indoor and outdoor use
Curved mirrors have been ingeniously designed to be used indoor and outdoor. For instance, outdoor convex mirrors are fitted with heavy-duty joints and rims to ensure durability. Common uses of outdoor curved mirrors: Curvy Roads, dangerous exits, parking lots, driveways and alleys.
Moreover, these mirrors are made of robust materials to face outdoor weather conditions. They are waterproof and some models include anti-frost and anti-condensation features. On top of being tough, convex mirrors are scratch-proof and impact-proof.
Convex mirrors are used as a safety device
Strategically placed in corners and intersections, curved mirrors are used as a safety device allowing people to see around blind spots, hence preventing possible accidents while carrying objects. Furthermore, convex mirrors are used as a safety device that significantly enhances drivers’ range of view around tight corners, bends, hard-to-see or hidden entry or exit points on driveways, parking lots and intersections, reducing the risks of collision.
Convex mirrors improve traffic flow
Placing curved mirrors in corners and intersections greatly enhances the traffic flow, allowing for ease of movement and preventing unnecessary congestion and inconvenience.
Good-to-know facts about convex mirrors
The effective viewing distance is determined by the size of the mirror. For instance, a 300mm round convex mirror has an effective maximum distance of approximately 3 meters, while a 900mm round convex mirror has an approximate effective range of 25 meters maximum.
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