SmartLight could direct light from outside (far right), through a building, and to a centralized energy-harvesting and -storage hub (far left) (Image: Timothy Zarki)
A rendering showing how SmartLight off could direct sunlight into "light-locked" rooms using multiple electrofluidic grids (Image: Timothy Zarki)
Researchers at the University of Cincinnati have developed technology that could help cut lighting energy costs by brightening up rooms with natural light. The SmartLight system is designed to direct sunlight into dark, dingy rooms located within the bowels of buildings without requiring the installation of new wiring, ducts, tubes or cables. It also allows excess light to be harnessed and centrally stored to provide energy for electric lighting on cloudy days.
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