Philips has achieved a new milestone in its quest to integrate energy-efficient LEDs into all surfaces. We’ve seen the company install LEDs on ceilings, walls and now they are putting them in floors. Philips has partnered with Desso – a global leader in the design and manufacture of carpets – to patent the world’s first LED-lit luminous carpets. This new material could completely change the way we interact with indoor environments: guiding people around buildings, including safety exits and routes, enhancing the ambience and atmosphere of the interior of buildings, and helping to de-clutter spaces by making information visible only when needed.

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Humans spend a lot of time indoors under the harsh glare of energy-wasting artificial lighting. Too much time in this environment can be harmful to our eyes, and put us in a bad mood. Philips’ work in LED lighting has helped to demonstrate that we no longer need to limit our vision of illumination to lamps and ceiling fixtures. Lighting rooms in new, unexpected ways can help to reduce our stress and move us more efficiently through our environments.

According to the designers, this patented LED carpeting technology can replace existing signage by providing engaging floor coverings that talk directly to our senses and to our eyes’ natural inclination to seek out light, whilst going hand-in-hand with our tendency to look at the floor when walking.

“This light transmissive carpet solution is designed to engage directly with people’s senses and the eyes’ natural inclination to seek out light. The technology takes advantage of people’s tendency to be guided by the floor when moving through and interacting with space. It brings information, direction, inspiration and safety via the carpet you walk on,” said Ed Huibers, Marketing and Sales Director, at Philips Lighting.

Philips and Desso have agreed to work exclusively together in developing the markets in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. In addition to this, a joint development agreement has been signed focusing on a seamless integration of this solution into new and existing buildings. The product name will be revealed in 2014 as part of the full go-to-market launch, but Philips and Desso are already working on pilot projects in key markets.

Images provided courtesy of Philips and Desso