Litracon Concrete Lets Light Through

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I recently found out about Litracon, and man does it seem like a great green invention. Blocks made of Litracon have the strength of standard concrete, but also have a system o’ embedded fiber optics that allow light to come through the blocks.

Litracon light-transmitting concrete

Litracon Inventor

Litracon was recently invented by Hungarian Áron Losonczi, who had this to say about his light-transmitting concrete: “Thousands of optical glass fibers form a matrix and run parallel to each other between the two main surfaces of every block. Shadows on the lighter side will appear with sharp outlines on the darker one. Even the colours remain the same. This special effect creates the general impression that the thickness and weight of a concrete wall will disappear.”

Benefits of Litracon

You can even build very thick walls with Litracon, as the light can be transmitted up to 20 meters through the concrete with no loss of brightness. If more and more buildings begin using this technology, more natural light can be used to light offices and stores. This could lead to huge drops in the amount of electricity used to light buildings, since they’d be naturally lit during the day. Also, people who get exposure to the sun are generally happier and more productive, so that is another reason for businesses to use this light-transmitting concrete.

I’m excited to see if Litracon catches on in the construction world. If you know of any real-life examples of someone building with Litracon, please let me know.

Posted in inventions on Monday, November 5th, 2007 at 5:35 PM.

One Response to “Litracon Concrete Lets Light Through”

  1. Well, I don't think there's anything wrong about using Litracon given the benefits that it offers . I like the idea that this helps save electricity–offices no longer turning on the lights and just make use of natural light from the sun during the day. I share the same feeling with many other people. I'm excited to see how this innovation will catch the world of construction.

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