Albany, NY -- (SBWIRE) -- 02/25/2019 -- Light transmitting concrete, also called translucent concrete, is used with a base material in the building & construction industry. It possesses the light transmissive property. This property is obtained by the uniform distribution of optical fibers through the concrete body. Light transmitting concrete is also known as the transparent concrete. It is obtained by replacing aggregates of concrete with transparent alternative material. It is produced by mixing 4% to 5% optical fibers in the concrete mixture. Light transmitting concrete improves the esthetics of a building. It is also eco-friendly.
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The light transmitting concrete market is driven by the increase in focus on green buildings in developed nations. Demand for light transmitting concrete is rising due to its property to illuminate in natural sunlight. It can also sustain in extreme weather conditions because of its high insulation properties. The light transmitting concrete market is also expanding owing to the energy & cost saving properties of the concrete. It also creates beautiful finish by self-illuminating without electricity. However, the light transmitting concrete market is hampered owing to the high initial cost, as optical fibers are used in this concrete. Furthermore, casting of translucent concrete blocks requires highly skilled labor.
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Light transmitting concrete is used in floors, ceilings, pavements, load bearing walls, partition walls, and furniture for decorative purposes, light sidewalks, subway stations, fire escapes, speed bumps on road, etc. Light transmitting concrete provides various advantages. For instance, it illuminates pavements. These pavements look better than the traditional ones. The texture of light transmitting concrete is smooth vis-à-vis conventional concrete. Thus, it offers classy surface, as it is more homogenous than the traditional concrete. The concrete structure is strong as compared to the traditional concrete. Thus, light transmitting concrete is more durable. Routine maintenance is not required for the concrete.