Most rational people would avoid a footpath at night if it didn’t have any lights. But spray the path with a glow-in-the-dark treatment that harvests ultraviolet light during the day for illumination at night and, boy, they’ll come running.
At least that’s what Pro-Teq Surfacing is hoping. The UK company has developed Starpath, a spray-on technology that can be applied over concrete, tarmac, wood or any other solid surface to give it an artificial teal glow at night.
Starpath is applied in three layers: first, a polyurethane base, then a coat of light-absorbing particles and finally a durable, waterproof finishing coat. Pro-Teq Surfacing thinks the non-reflective, anti-slip spray could enhance visibility at night and be a potential alternative or supplement to street lights.
“This product adjusts to the natural light, so if it is pitch black outside the luminous natural earth enhances, and if the sky is lighter, it won’t release as much luminosity,” Hamish Scott, owner of Pro-Teq Surfacing, says on his website. “It adjusts accordingly, its almost like it has a mind of its own. Further, the surface is environmentally friendly and aesthetically pleasing.”
Starpath is currently being tested on footpath in a well-known park in Cambridge, England. Pro-Teq says the 1,614 square-foot path took only 30 minutes to cover with the spray and was ready for use in less than four hours.
While I don’t think the Starpath is bright enough yet to deter criminals looking for easy targets, the glow-in-the-dark spray does establish a clear boundary, which I could see being a nice addition to dark, winding driveways. For a behind-the-scenes look, check out this video of Starpath being installed.
Credit: Pro-Teq Surfacing