One-way mirrored birdfeeder reflective window material stuff!
February 14, 2007 1:11 PM Subscribe
Is there a one-way reflective material for windows that doesn't reduce outbound visibility? I'm trying to help my cats sit on the windowsill without scaring the birds away from the feeder.
posted by agropyron to Home & Garden (14 answers total)
Window-mounted birdfeeders like this
say that "The one-way mirrored plastic film on domed panel allows up-close viewing of the wild birds." I would like to cover my entire window with mirrored plastic film so that my cats can sit and watch the birds eating without scaring them away.
I did some Google research, and I found several varieties of "mirror window film", and discovered that you can buy Gila Film at the local Home Depot. I took some out of the box and looked at it, and it seems to have a significant tinting effect. Enough so that I don't think it would be as enjoyable looking at birds through it.
The question: Are there any materials like this that don't diminish the outgoing view? Do the birdfeeders that have mirrored materials also have the tinting effect? Their marketing photos don't show a tinting effect; are they deceptive?
It seems logical that since the mirrored part is bouncing photons away from you, it's not going to darken the view. Then again: we do live in an age of miracles.