Light Emittin Wallpaper

A reader writes in –

An enterprising young designer from the Netherlands has invented what has to be the ultimate in home illumination – light emitting wallpaper.

Hmm, from looking at the pic above, I’m guessing he’s not too excited about it – Techradar goes on to explain some of the contruction elements –

“The base material is made from a commercially available product that’s manufactured by a number of companies. What I have done, though, is to apply that technology in a different way.”

Delving deeper, Samson revealed that the wallpaper is constructed by “sandwiching” a number of layers together that combine to produce light:

“The back layer is a silver-based solution that conducts electricity, while the layer above this contains phosphorous pigments that light up. On top of this is a flexible, transparent ITO conductor layer, with regular wallpaper placed on top to act as the final, outwardly visual layer,” he explained.

Light-emitting wallpaper set to wow


  • thesamurai1200

    Phosphorus? ITO?

    Why not just use electroluminescent panels? I’m sure there’re white ones out there…

  • Collin Cunningham

    @thesamurai – Do i smell a remake?

  • athousandleaves

    so, this being make and all.. how would one go about MAKING their own light up walls???
    anyone, anyone?

  • meh

    Funny. We get put in our place for expecting make to have substantial content, being told “not everyone is an expert.” Yet it takes a fair bit of expertise to actually do something with the “wouldn’t it be great for a remake” comments.

    Me? I’d prefer laser cut window shades, and cheap wall coverings.

  • Collin Cunningham

    @meh – cheer up! Thesamurai was the one who suggested an alternative method to constructing this light-up wallpaper – and hey, you’re right – I’m not an expert on electroluminescence or wallpaper. I’m sure some of our readers must be though.

  • Collin Cunningham

    @athousandleaves – from what I can google, electroluminescent panels are readily available and pretty easy to use but quite expensive. ~$90USD for a quality 8″x11″ piece.

    If you’re interested in experimenting without breaking the bank you could try removing a somewhat dim version from a cheap light-up keyboard. I’ve done this myself and used it as a hacky bit of decoration in my office space – not very bright but still fun!

  • thesamurai1200

    so i found this distributor for “e-lite” EL stuffs.

    http://www.luminousfilm.com/

    sizes up to D (23 x 35 inches) for $450, or $850 with inverter.

    yikes. a whole room could be upwards of $20k or more… crazy.

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