Ever wanted to walk on stars? It's easier than you think, with this new sun-powered glow-in-the-dark pathway. It's a new surfacing material called STARPATH by UK company Pro-Teq Surfacing that can easily be applied to paved pathways.
Pathways are a central part of many garden and parks, but they're often the most neglected. Paved pathways are common - partly because they're much cheaper to install than brick ones - but they're visually quite drab and unappealing. Lighting a pathway is often an expensive proposition - the cost of burying electrical conduits, electrical works, and the lights or streetlamps themselves can bust the budget of any project (not to count the ongoing electrical bills!)
Pro-Teq's new STARPATH surfacing material can change all that: it's luminous particles that can be spread on a standard pathway without removing the original surface, and then sprayed with a protective seal. The luminous particles absorb and store energy from sunlight during the day, then glows at night to create a glowing blue "fields of stars" that you can walk on.
Hamish Scott, owner of Pro-Teq Surfacing, 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."
STARPATH is easily installed: a test run at Christ's Pieces pathway in Cambridge, England, was installed in less than a day. It took the company's crew 30 minutes to spray the material on the 150 square meter (1,600 square feet) area, and a couple of hours to seal it. The pathway was ready for public use in less than four hours after the job started. See how it's applied:
Pro-Teq's glow-in-the-dark STARPATH can be used on any existing solid surface, including concrete, asphalt, or wood.
Photo: Philip Mynott