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44 Best of BUILD Nov19548 The Light at the End Dark cannot exist without the light, nor can light without the dark. This relationship has been one of the central roles in every vision of humanity and can now be reflected in homes and properties everywhere. Working in the exciting field of photoluminescence, Luca Beltrame has developed a light that refuses to turn off, raging against the night. Here at BUILD, we decided to take a closer look at his thrilling development and the applications it might have. ounded in 2006, Lucedentro has dealt with pho- toluminescent applications since the beginning. The potential applications for this simple technique are myriad, covering furniture design, construction materials, safety, fashion clothing and many more. By opening the door to this development, it is possible to begin to explore what this extraordinary feature could mean for those willing to explore the full potential of the process. Lucedentro technology can be applied to a virtually unlimited variety of objects through the use of selected pigments. All of these processes are REACH certified, the most recent Europe- an legislation to regulate basic chemistry. As inert pigments are not perishable, neither are they toxic or radioactive, this makes them ideal for Luca’s purposes. The use of heavy metals is min- imal, less than the limits in place for European and American categories of cosmetics and toys. Luca’s designs cover a wide range of different circumstances. Some would limit themselves to lighting, but Luca uses the flexibility offered by the photoluminescence to add a whole new aspect to designs. Taking the light itself as an integral aspect, he uses it to emphasize the emotionality of objects, and how they interact even in the dark. Mundane lamps, glass, ceramics and tiles might now gain a whole new lease of life in the dark, thanks to luminescence. An example of the interesting projects that Lucedentro has been involved in, and the fascinating effects of its work, is a glass staircase. Taking beveled glass steps and combining these with the beauty of photoluminescent pigments, this is surely one of the most stunning visual masterpieces achieved by the company. The result of innovation and continuous study, what looks by day to be a subtly blue crystal staircase takes on elements of the ethereal by night. For this project in particular, Lucedentro has focused on two applications: emotional light trails and energy savings. The luminous paths are made using recycled glass, thus rightly returning to the concept of circular economy. The energy saving elements are obtained by exploiting the light radiation of the photo luminescence by controlling its fall curve thanks to a small solar cell and a LED. F Indeed, from private to public outdoor spaces, from gardens to terraces, plazas to sidewalks, Lucedentro could save 90% of energy consumption when compared to traditional energy sys- tems. This actually feeds into a guiding principle of the company, with an eye always looking at the environmental impact. The use of natural materials, when added to the energy savings inherent with using luminescent pigments, contributing to the reduction of CO2 emissions and fostering a culture of sustainability. Setting itself apart by creative use of light, the team at Lu- cedentro, led by Luca Beltrame, have found a niche to master. Finding every way to use this element to its fullest is why this company are such a successful team and masters of design. Company: Lucedentro Contact: Luca Beltrame Web Address: