THE WORLD'S first light fittings made from light-emitting concrete have been unveiled.
The material is actually a mixture of fine concrete and tiny light-transmitting fibres. Each luminaire – which is made in Germany – features hundreds of thousands of embedded optical fibres which transmit the light incident on the back through the material.
The manufacturing process is highly complex and requires numerous steps, some of which are patented.
The light-transmitting concrete panels boast 200,000 light-transmitting fibres for every square metre are the starting product for special applications in architecture and interior design, in gardening and landscaping, and most recently in luminaire design.
Manufactured by Aachen-based Lucem and dubbed the Lichtbeton luminaire series, the handmade lighting collection includes wall lights, table lamps and floor-standing luminaires for indoor and outdoor use.
They consist of 2cm-thick translucent Lichtbeton panels in the colours anthracite or white.
Inside there is an energy-efficient LED lighting technology with a replaceable light source.
Without lighting, the lights have a natural stone-like look. The floor-standing light concrete cubes have a height of 45 cm and can also be used as a side table or seat cube and are provided with a wooden surface at the top.
Lucem, founded in 2007, has developed into a specialist in the production of translucent, light-transmitting concrete.
The company has supplied translucent concrete to projects and clients including Munich Airport, Radisson Blu, Le Meridien and Cineworld.
- See innovative luminaires at the LuxLive 2019 exhibition, taking place at LuxLive 2019. The exhibition takes place on Wednesday 13 November and Thursday 14 November 2018 at ExCeL London. Entry is free if you pre-register HERE.