"Turn on the Window!"
Researchers have not yet reached an agreement on whether glass was first manufactured in Mesopotamia, Egypt, or on the Levantine coast.
But now, we can experience an innovative development of this material. A new company has revolutionized this culturally historic material with their self-illuminating glass - and this technology, unique in all the world, comes from Vienna.
In architecture, glass has two primary functions: to bring light into buildings and to allow people to look outside or into other rooms.
The Viennese company LightGlass Technology GmbH has developed a patented technology for self-illuminated glass, which facilitates these fundamental objectives at night or in poor light conditions. Light is introduced into the glass through LEDs at the edges. It can be used anywhere a glass surface would be found, such as in windows, doors, façades, bathrooms, room divisions, etc. When not lighted, the glass surfaces remain transparent, and when lighted, they provide a pleasant light with the quality of daylight. At the same time, the glass provides the necessary privacy, e.g., it loses its transparency when illuminated.
Disruptive potential for architecture
The possibilities for use go far beyond our prior understanding of glass and light: for example, think about our windows at home: As dawn breaks outside, the glass in our windows glows more brightly, and with the desired quality of light. At the same time, the ability to look in is reduced. LightGlass uses a unique technology which illuminates glass surfaces of up to 3m x 1.5m. With this patented ALED technology, glass itself becomes a source of light and creates an entirely new way to experience the interplay of light and architecture. By the way, the original first OLED modules were only several square centimetres in size while costing multiple times more than today’s technology.