This Electroluminescent Paint Lights Up When You Pass A Current Through It

Electroluminescent Paint! [Source: SolidSmack]

Electroluminescent Paint! [Source: SolidSmack]

The biggest problem with glow-in-the-dark and other types of luminous paints are how they lose their luminescence over time. 

With exposure to sunlight and the inevitable passage of time, these paints eventually lose their ability to project colors in the dark, eventually turning it into just another streak of dull paint.

Instead of giving the paint luminous properties, aftermarket painter Andy Zsinko thought up a different method. By applying a base coat that activates when an electric current is passed through it, you can control when, how and where the paint lights up.

This is exactly what LumiLor is – an electroluminescent paint which emits light via an electric current:

The paint can be applied to practically any surface – metal, plastic, wood, fiberglass, and even carbon fiber – but what really sets it apart from other paints is the current which has to be passed through it.

Normally, you would want to apply LumiLor on surfaces near a source of electricity. Lighted paints can be easily connected to a car or motorcycle with an onboard battery, as well as throughout your house and home fixtures, provided there’s an electrical socket nearby.

Apart from the usual subjects, people have found creative ways of applying the electroluminescent paint to other objects:

Wine bottles can be lit up by way of adding a battery pack into a wooden bottle holder. Painted electric guitars can be hooked up via their amps. And safety helmets can shine bright by virtue of a battery pack held by the wearer. While not all of these methods are ideal (no one wants to lug a heavy battery pack in their helmet), you can be sure whatever the LumiLor is sprayed on will be brightly lit for a very long time.

Read the rest at SolidSmack

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