Philips to Develop Luminescent Carpet

Philips is developing a carpet that will be woven with LED lights

According to a recent press release, Philips is currently working in collaboration with Desso, a flooring manufacturer, to develop carpets that are LED light transmissive. The innovative product can be used for anything from delivering inspiration to information.

“This light transmissive carpet solution is designed to engage directly with people’s senses and the eyes’ natural inclination to seek out light. The technology takes advantage of people’s tendency to be guided by the floor when moving through and interacting with space,” said Ed Huibers, marketing and sales director of Philips Lighting, in a statement.

Lighting up a lounge dance floor is one obvious application. However, practicality is the main goal behind the development. Illuminating safety exits and guidance routes around buildings is the selling point Phillips is currently working with.

Using the lights as signs that will only show the information when needed is one possibility. On the Philips website, a “do not disturb” sign on the floor outside a hotel room door, arrows on cinema steps and directions to baggage reclaim at an airport are given as examples in mock-up images. Enhancing the atmosphere and ambiance of an office building with color and lighting are given as secondary considerations in the press release.

Desso is not a household name, as Philips is, but you most likely have some of their products in your home. Desso’s carpets are well known by interior designers for their comfort, acoustics and air quality. They are used in many office buildings around the world. The two companies are “global leaders in lighting and carpets respectively,” the company states on their Website.

“Luminescent carpet,” the products official name, will not be announced until its full launch next year. It will be marketed as a solution designed to help people interact more closely with their environment and targeted toward hotels, offices, conference centres and other public places.

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