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Awesome Materials - Translucent Concrete Backlit
Translucent Concrete is not new; it has been available in Europe for close to 10 years but the material has not gained much traction in North America.... Hopefully that will change
Translucent concrete is believed to have been invented in Europe in 2004 the inventor embedded thousands of strands of optic fiber into hand moulded concrete. The concrete was then cut into individual blocks. The parallel fiber strands allow for light to permeate through the concrete creating a surreal shadowing effect when backlit.
Nu World manufactures a variety of custom lighting solutions that can be used to effectively backlight translucent concrete:
Nu World LED Light Panels FRAMED or FRAMELESS - http://www.nu-wo.com/index.php/led-light-panels
The Nu World LED Light panel is a versatile , low profile light source that allows for the placement of light in spaces that are too small to house traditional lighting products. We manufacture our LED panels in virtually any shape or size. Our advanced CNC capabilities allow us to supply the LED panel with voids and in custom shapes.
Nu World LED Light Panel DIRECT - http://www.nu-wo.com/index.php/direct-backlight-unit
Nu World LED Light Panel Direct is a custom built direct backlighting fixture developed by Nu World. This solution was incorporated into our offering to bridge the gap between our framed and frameless LED Panels.
Nu World LED Flex Strip - http://www.nu-wo.com/index.php/led-flex-strips
Nu World LED flex strip is the perfect product if you are limited for space or looking for a sleek alternative to traditional lighting products. We can custom manufacture our LED flex strip to your specification or supply the product on full rolls with our Snap and Light quick connect system, this allows for maximum flexibility when specifying and installing our product.
There are multiple variations of translucent concrete materials available:
LUCEM – www.lucem.de
Since 2007, all developed products have been distributed worldwide under the LUCEM trademark to develop superb quality high-performance concrete and translucent fibers that are durable and hardwearing and non-combustible as well as resistant to weather, UV-light and impact.Lucem panels can be used internally and externally, in new build and in refurbishment.
LUCCON – www.luccon.com
LUCCON translucent concrete is manufactured in large volume top layer concrete blocks with embedded webbed fiber optic cables, making the stone appear comparably massive as well as transparent, with an unique light pattern created by chance. By cutting the blocks elements of variable size and thickness are obtained
LITRACON – www.litracon.hu
Litracon™ is a combination of optical fibres and fine concrete. It can be produced as prefabricated building blocks and panels. Due to the small size of the fibres, they blend into concrete becoming a component of the material like small pieces of aggregate. In this manner, the result is not only two materials - glass in concrete - mixed, but a third, new material, which is homogeneous in its inner structure and on its main surfaces as well.