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Luminous Foot Coating

For people with partners who can't sleep with a light on.
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If, like me, you sleep with a partner who wakes up or gets grumpy whenever you put a light on, then this could be the solution.

A paint-on luminous coating for the feet (though it may be entertainingly applied elsewhere) which would light the way to the bathroom during the night and which allowed you to read under the covers while your partner slumbers in peace.

Should be available in many colours, but I picture a nice green glow.

Scotty, Mar 01 2001


       Peter: They may, however, give off an annoying glow all night (unless you wear them to bed).
Scotty, Mar 01 2001

       Remember, folks: "Glow in the dark stuff" only glows for about five minutes after the lights go out, and even then it's incredibly dim -- barely bright enough to see at night, nowhere near bright enough to illuminate anything else.   

       Consider that the next time you suggest "glow in the dark foo".   

       (Unless we're talking about electroluminescence, but that's not something you can just paint on, and it needs a battery anyway; or radioactive phosphorescence, and I don't think you want to paint your feet with radium.)
egnor, Mar 01 2001

       Tritium works too. A bit of tritium gas in something coated with phosphor will glow for a lifetime...
StarChaser, Mar 03 2001

       (actually, StarChaser, tritium has a halflife of only twelve years or so. It's used for some emergency-exit signs, IIRC, and it does have to be replaced periodically.)   

       Egnor: the obvious solution is to have small ultraviolet lights on the baseboards. These would cause the glow-in-the-dark paint on your feet to fluoresce, allowing you to walk to the bathroom. Coverage wouldn't have to be as complete as for normal lights, since your feet would be "charged up" and continue to glow in between walking through UV-illuminated areas. The lights could be the old discharge-tube type, or new ultraviolet LEDs.
wiml, Mar 04 2001

       Also, you'd get a nice tan on your feet.
egnor, Mar 04 2001

       Wiml: Well, their hype said 'a lifetime'...Bad tyger! Beliving what you read...<grin> I guess they meant a rave kid's rave lifetime...
StarChaser, Mar 04 2001

       Genetically engineered phosphorescent athlete's foot?
angel, May 26 2001

       Mephista: Because then it wouldn't be half-baked.
StarChaser, May 26 2001

       Look; forget all the paints and batteries. Just leave all the lights on and blindfold your partner.
Mygo, Oct 01 2001


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