TECH
22/10/2013 05:56 BST

Starpath Path Covering Could Be The Future Of Civic Lighting

This is 'Starpath' and it could just be the future of street lighting.

Not only is it rather pretty but it requires only sunlight for power and is cheaper than traditional lampposts.

The technology consists of three layers applied to to a surface - a polyurethane base then the light-absorbing/emitting particles and finally a weatherproof protective covering.

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Christs Piece in Cambridge

It can be applied to practically any surface, is non-slip and the colours can even be varied to create cycle paths.

it is s currently being trialled at Christ's Pieces in Cambridge where councillor Andrea Reiner, said: "This is an interesting idea that the surfacing company asked if the council would like to explore for a trial period.

"If we decided to put this to use on paths in the city, we would want to balance any safety benefit against the desire to preserve the historic nature of our open spaces," reports the Telegraph.

The lighting system was created by Pro-Teq Surfacing UK.

Owner, Hamish Scott, said: "There is nothing like Starpath in the world.

"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 – it adjusts accordingly, its almost like it has a mind of its own.

"It is exceptional. At Pro-Teq Surfacing (UK) Ltd, we use natural earth products and it cannot be replicated by any other source; you need to physically see it to believe it, this is pure nature doing its work."

Fair to say he is a fan.