UK-based company Pro-Teq has developed a glow-in-the-dark product called “STARPATH” that can be applied to virtually any pavement surface to provide energy-free lighting once night falls. The material absorbs light during the day to create a luminous glow at night, and it is also non-slip and water-resistant, so it could reduce accidents while increasing visibility
The first application of the STARPATH technology is located in Christ’s Pieces Park in Cambridge. Touted as a way to provide ambient lighting without the use of electricity, the coating can be a cost-effective way to reduce utility bills. The Cambridge site covers 140 meters, and it took less than four hours to apply.
The amount of light that the material produces depends on the amount of sunlight it absorbs during the day. Clients can choose between different colors, aggregate sizes, and application bases. Pro-Teq founder Hamish Scott sees STARPATH as an excellent way for city councils to earn carbon credits, manage their budgets, and reduce overall environmental impact. The Cambridge site will act as a model for neighborhoods around the globe looking to install a decorative and practical alternative to outdoor lighting.