Lightglass, a Philadelphia company started in 2012, produces interior faux-glazing systems with a integrated LED back-lighting to create pleasant sensations of brightness at an architectural scale. Even though the optical effect is opaque white, it tricks the brain into thinking it is a window to the outside world. If you think about it, a high percentage of the time normal windows appear bright white, owing to cloud cover, smog, or simple excessive daylight glare.

I appreciate the effort that goes into detailing such a product. As they say in their tech section: “Lightglass is designed with three main optical components to create a uniformly luminous surface, the feeling of depth and spaciousness, and visual comfort. The first is a light panel which creates the light emitting surface. The next is a light guide, which directs the light out of the luminaire. The last is a diffuser, which softens the light and eliminates glare, creating an ambient and immersive lighting experience.”

The below image is clearly a rendering, but regardless I think it shows how powerful luminous surfaces can transform spaces. It really tricks the eye into believing that the far wall is an opaque translucent exterior wall.

I also appreciate that it is designed to fit the depth of a standard stud wall construction. I agree with their claim – solid luminous surfaces such as they’ve designed are clearly more durable and lower maintenance than stretch fabric lightboxes. I would guess this solution is ideal for hospital environments with intensive wash-down requirements.