On the horizon: Glowing paths that illuminate the night

A luminescent coating makes this walkway glow in twilight in this image from Pro-Teq Surfacing. (PR Newswire/Pro-Teq Surfacing)

WASHINGTON — Dark, dangerous pathways could become a thing of the past, thanks to some new technology.

High-tech materials are being applied to surfaces to soak up sun rays during the day and create a glow-in-the-dark appearance at night.

Pro-Teq Surfacing in the UK developed the latest concept, called Starpath. Hamish Scott, managing director of Pro-Teq, describes the coating as “luminescent particles which will store the UV rays during the day” and glow at night. Because it only needs ultraviolet exposure, “It doesn’t matter whether it’s cloudy

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