Normally, we don’t think much of the streetlights turning on at night… and yet, they consume about 40% of every city’s electricity costs.
This can be expensive and wasteful – especially if it’s only lighting up little-populated areas.
But now, thanks to a clever new initiative, there could be a way to make street lights MUCH more eco-friendly.
Lighting up the roads with… paint?
The UK-based brand Nevana Designs has developed a special type of “coating” that can make regular pathways glow in the dark. This coating uses a light-responsive formula called STARPATH.
STARPATH can absorb UV rays during daylight, and then use that light to illuminate pathways at night.
In other words, it’s like paint that stores light and saves it for later.
This type of coating is environmentally sustainable since it uses earth minerals and polymers. It could also have energy-saving solutions for a variety of uses.
The STARPATH coating can be put on pretty much any solid surface and is a good alternative for regular street lighting.
The formula consists of photo-luminescent particles that can glow for about 10 hours after sunset, making it a great sustainable alternative to streetlights.
The New Zealand inventor, Hamish Scott, says that “Our goal is to help with climate change, save energy through natural methods, and leave future generations a healthier planet.”
A brighter road for all
Even though streetlights are used all over the world, many of them still use technology from the ‘60s and are past due for a sustainable makeover.
And, while many countries have switched over to LEDs, it still doesn’t make enough of an impact to reduce energy needs.
STARPATH’s eco-friendly materials could be a solution for this issue. It could work together with either existing structures or completely replace them.
Either way, it looks like this technology could be lighting up our future in many of our everyday areas.
Now it’s your turn! What other places could this material be used to light up? Should cities be adopting this at a quicker rate? Let us know your thoughts down below!
Header image source: Nevana Designs