Have you ever been caught in a power outage and had to grope your way out of a building or woke in the middle of the night and be forced to stumble blindly to search for a light switch or into a dark bathroom? Vistas Group and Tower Industries Ltd., Massillon, Ohio, are working to make those situations things of the past by introducing Lumistone™ into the solid surface market. Their product has not gone unnoticed as people are beginning to see the light, so to speak.
Lumistone is a traditional Class I (flame retardant) acrylic solid surface that contains the characteristic of long lasting (8 to 10 hour) photoluminescence. The line consists of full size sheets, strips, bowls, liquid inlay cartridges and joint adhesive. In the light, it is virtually indistinguishable from standard SS materials, and in the dark it has a cool blue or green afterglow.
Lumistone 6-inch wide strips are ideal for usage as floor moldings, door trim and tread risers. In public institutions, these strips provide demarcation in darkness in the event of a power failure in corridors and stairwells when elevators are not available. Other ideas include signage, switch plate covers, window sills, chair rail moldings, inserts in hand rails and accent strips between bowls and decks, etc. Full-size 36- by 144-inch sheets are also available.
Kevin Wyatt, vice president of Kedo Designs in Royal Palm Beach County, Fla., has mingled his love of music and solid surface to come up with a one-of-a-kind electric guitar.
Having been involved with music since he was a child, Wyatt said he has wanted to fabricate a solid surface guitar since he got involved in the industry. With 10 years of pondering the project, he finally dug into it and managed to put together a prototype in two or three days. He then used that to make necessary adjustments to come up with a more fitting version. However, it wasn't without its trials.
"This material is very heavy, so I had to do a lot of configuring inside the body to reduce weight," explained Wyatt. "The completed, fully-assembled product is at just about 8 1/2 pounds which is within the standards for the weight of a guitar."