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The Dutch company S. Lövenstein BV has added that lovely glow-in-the-dark substance to composite flooring, thus creating an embedded emergency lighting solution. Sure, the stuff fades eventually, but takes a lot of complexity out of backup lighting solutions. What applications can you think of? Via Cool Hunting.

Becky Stern

Becky Stern

Becky Stern (sternlab.org is a DIY guru and director of wearable electronics at Adafruit. She publishes a new project video every week and hosts a live show on YouTube. Formerly Becky was Senior Video Producer for MAKE. Becky lives in Brooklyn, NY and belongs to art groups Free Art & Technology (“release early, often, and with rap music”) and Madagascar Institute (“fear is never boring”).

  • Jeremy P

    This seems like something our friends at the Graffiti Research Lab could have fun with. Coat some gravel in clear glow in the dark paint, spread it around in patterns, wait until night.

  • mrmeval

    You can embed UV led’s to keep them pumped up for days.

    Granted you could use translucent material and LEDs but who doesn’t like green glowing emergency lighting?

  • Anonymous

    The new strontium aluminate pigments are nothing like those used in the glow-in-the-dark cereal box toys you had growing up. They are bright and last a long time.

    I have a bottle of glow-in-the-dark paint sitting on my desk charged by ambient room light during the day. In the morning when I wake up, it’s still glowing.