Frequently Asked Questions
How does a teleprompter mirror work?
An optical grade teleprompter mirror is created by dipping large sheets of low iron glass (color neutral) into a solution of dielectric filters (nanotechnology), which is then baked on for a permanent, highly durable bond. The dielectric mirror allows a precise percentage of the light to pass though while reflecting the remainder. Before the use of dielectric coatings, the old fashioned way of making beamsplitter glass was to apply a thin layer of silver nitrate and other metals (to prevent oxidation/tarnishing). This technique worked fairly well, but the resulting mirrors were tinted and easily scratched.
What is the difference between a two way mirror and teleprompter mirror?
They are both semi-transparent mirrors, but that’s where the similarity ends. The main difference is how well you can see through it. The coating on a teleprompter (beamsplitter) mirror is thinner, allowing more light to pass through. It’s more transparent and less opaque than a standard two way mirror, which is intended for security, not viewability. The coating of a teleprompter mirror is dielectric instead of metallic, which allows it to be color neutral (untinted).
What angles does the mirror work at?
Works great from any angle. When teleprompting, the glass is typical angled slightly more than 45 degrees for easy reading. For other applications, it’s usually at a 90 degree angle for observation (makeup mirror, model photography, animal observation).
How good is the quality?
By combining dielectric mirror technology with low iron glass, we are able to achieve the best quality on the market.
Can I purchase in wholesale quantity?
Yes, most of our sales are to teleprompter manufacturers. Bulk quantity shipments are our specialty. Please email us with the size, quantity, and address for a fast quote.
What kind of mirror coating is it?
A dielectric beamsplitter coating is applied to low iron glass, which is a non-metallic, non-conductive mirror coating. This provides a much higher quality than standard metal coatings on soda lime float glass.
How should I clean a beamsplitter?
Our dielectric coating is extremely durable, and can be cleaned with standard, non-ammonia glass cleaner and paper towels. Although not necessary, cleaning them with lens cleaner and microfiber wipes also works well.
What’s the largest size you can make?
We can make up to 49″x70″ in 2mm, 3mm, and 4mm, and up to 96″x126″ in 6mm thickness.
How accurate is your cutting?
Our size tolerance is typically +/- 1/16″ (1.5mm) unless otherwise specified.
Can you cut different shapes other than a rectangle?
Yes, we can cut circles, trapezoids, and other shapes. For a custom quote, please email us a diagram along with the delivery address for shipping rates.
Are the mirrors sharp?
We make sure the mirrors are wet sanded for your safety.
If I want to cut the mirrors, what tools should I use?
Dielectric beamsplitter mirrors are cut just like regular glass. You can use a standard score-and-break method with running pliers and cutting wheel.
What are the most popular teleprompter sizes for iPad & laptop?
The most popular sizes are 8″x10″ for iPad and 11″x14″ for laptops.
How fast can you ship my order?
We are standing by waiting to cut and ship your order. Our priority is getting your order shipped quickly and accurately.
Do you ship outside the US?
Yes, international shipping is routine for us. We will prepare all paperwork accurately to ensure a fast, easy delivery. Typically shipments via Economy arrive in one week, and Priority arrives in 2-3 days to many countries (Canada is usually 1 day). Please note that you will need to pay duties & taxes separately, which is charged on delivery by FedEx.
How do you package glass so that it doesn’t break?
We have over 15 years experience using the ideal packaging for each shipment, which is typically foam, bubble wrap, and edge protectors. We crate larger shipments. Our shipments are fully insured for your protection. Please inspect items on delivery when possible. If your shipment should arrive broken, please take a photo of the damaged box/crate (including shipping label), and a photo of the broken product, and we will be able to ship your replacement.
Can I paint the back to increase the reflection?
Yes, you can paint any part of the uncoated side with paint (spray or roll on) that is designed for glass surfaces such Rust-o-leum UltraCover 2x or High Heat, which you can find at Lowe’s, Home Depot, or Walmart. Make sure there is still an area in the center for the camera to shoot through. The best color to use is black (blends in with unpainted area the best). Be sure not to use silver or white paint. Mask off the area you don’t want to paint with blue painters tape. Important: use only Scotch Edge Lock painters tape for best results. Press hard on the tape to ensure paint doesn’t get under it. Practice on a sample mirror first to make sure you’re getting the desired effect.
Can I use the mirror for photography, modeling, or makeup?
Yes, works great for recording through while seeing your reflection. To make the mirror more reflective, many of our clients paint the back black, or use a black vinyl to mask off the back, except for the camera area.