Who Needs Streetlights with These Glow-in-the-Dark Roads?

By: | April 22nd, 2014

You won’t have trouble seeing these roads at night. Photo © Studio Roosegaarde

The Netherlands is looking to save money on road lighting through the use of glow-in-the-dark paint, an experiment already underway on a highway in Oss, which is southeast of Amsterdam.

How Does the Paint Light Up the Road?

“Photo-luminising” powder in the paint charges during the daytime allowing the paint to give off a green glow for upwards of eight hours at night.

Studio Roosegaarde

Studio Roosegaarde

The designers were inspired by the ability of jellyfish to give off light and eventually came up with the “re-chargeable” paint.

If the glow-in-the-dark paint is a success, this new technology may become a global phenomenon as people all over the world are continuously looking for increased safety measures for busy highways.


Marshall Smith

Technology, engineering, and design enthusiast.

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