Wayfinding is a problem that needs to be solved with every new development. Philips Lighting has created new carpet tiles to be used with wayfinding, colors, patterns and even the news.
Philips Lighting has created with Desso carpet manufacturer to create the “Luminous tiles.” Both of these company’s are constantly looking for innovative ways to push the boundaries creating a natural working relationship. Philips has already implemented LEDs onto many different surfaces and textiles, making carpet an oncoming option. This carpet will be soon available in the second quarter of 2015.
The successful method behind the illuminated tiles lies in the carpet backing. For most generic carpets a black backing is used to help fill in the color spotting. This carpet has an LED backing that allows light to shine through the carpet. This allows for now wiring or bulking equipment to be in the way of foot traffic.
Illuminated carpet has been used so far in places such as banks, office lobbies and hospitality buildings. It is a way to increase wayfinding and also provide users with quick knowledge facts. I believe this product could be a hit in the correct applications. As long as the prices are competitive, it could be a new contender for wayfinding techniques.
Sharpe, Shannon. “Illuminated Carpet.” Metropolis Magazine. Susan S. Szenasy, Jan. 2015. Web. 29 May 2015.