Planilum Light-Emitting Material

Planilum is billed as a "light-emitting material" that consists of a 0.8 inch thick tile that is composed of four layers of spacial glass, a rare gas and serigraphed phosphors. It should last for about ten years.

(Planilum light-emitting material)

The result of over six years of research, the Planilum technology offers specifications that make it the world's first light-emitting material. This marks a true revolution in the ighting industry, as light no longer radiates from a light bulb or any other light source, but from the material itself.

This is a very sfnal material; readers might think about illuminum, a material showcased in Richard Morgan's 2003 novel Altered Carbon:

The walls and ceiling bore an irregular spacing of illuminum tiles whose half-life was clearly almost up, and their feeble radiance had the sole effect of shoveling the gloom into the center of the room.
(Read more about illuminum)

Update 13-Mar-2012: See also the wall-lights from Isaac Asimov's 1953 novel Foundation and Empire. End update.

Via Dvice; see also the Planilum website.

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