Kan­vasLight has op­ti­cal fibers in­te­grated into can­vas ma­te­rial, which lets light shine in un­usual ways.

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Kan­vasLight has cre­ated a can­vas ma­te­rial that lights up with­out the need for elec­tri­cal power, and that is flex­i­ble and stow­able.

Sel­lerie nau­tique aérec’s Kan v as Light is a can­vas prod­uct used to build Bi­mini cov­ers, spray hoods and sun cov­ers, of­fer­ing shade dur­ing the day and soft, dif­fused light at night. Lu­mi­nous op­ti­cal fibers are in­te­grated into the can­vas. The fab­ric doesn’t gen­er­ate light it­self; in­stead, the light comes from a hid­den elec­tri­cal and op­ti­cal sys­tem that is en­cap­su­lated in a wa­ter­proof case. ¶ “The tech­ni­cal chal­lenge was sewing with­out break­ing the [op­ti­cal] fibers,” says Lau­rence Plaqué, com­mer­cial man­ager for Sel­lerie Nau­tique Aérec. “This fiber weave is in­ter­est­ing be­cause it’s an in­ert ma­te­rial that works with­out elec­tric power and re­mains in­sen­si­tive to hu­mid­ity.” ¶ The light-emit­ting com­pos­ite is ex­pected to be a boon for in­te­rior and ex­te­rior de­sign­ers be­cause it can ac­com­mo­date unique curves and con­tours aboard new builds and re­fit projects alike.

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