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gruppe RE: 'self' illuminating indoor and outdoor architectural glazing elements

2010-03-01 | Glazing / Insulating Glass

A material originally developed for safety reasons - phosphorescent glass – is now being used in architectural glazing, and especially in interior and exterior decorating. In this article, we are given an idea of how this technique can be used to “illuminate” our world, with light and colour.

gruppe RE: 'self' illuminating indoor and outdoor architectural glazing elements
INTRODUCTION
Phosphorescent glass reveals the attraction of phosphorescent pigments, a material originally developed for security reasons and also used in the watch industry. Brilliant colours and a new dimension of chromatic depth are evoked by the application of phosphorescent enamels onglass. Within the production process the colours are ‘burnt’ on the surface of the glass, which guarantees the persistence of the intended design. With the application of the phosphorescent pigment in the described manner the luminous power is not hampered. The ‘afterglow’ pigments are non toxic and non radioactive. In the darkness the natural transparency of the pigment fosters a chromatic overlapping and mixture eventually appearing in ever changing green-yellowish illumination. It offers various applications in interior and exterior for example as architectural glazing elements or other glass products. It also allows to save energy costs for lighting. Phosphorescent glass ‘ecloon’ is available as insulated, laminated and monolithic glass.

APPLICATIONS
This innovative glass is predestined for individual accents in internal and external use. Phosphorescent glass allows to create “selflighting” glass façades, or can be used on façade glazing for printed-on logos or designs. It could also be used for elevator glazing, giving speciallighting effects with the moving cabin. Other common uses are for signage, labelling and in automotive design. Potential uses include any interior applica...



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