When designing today’s household appliances, it often is the lighting element that creates an emotional link to the user. Yet, cooking surfaces with induction technology have been kept in the dark. To that end, product developers at SCHOTT have achieved LED lighting which displays in a variety of colors for induction cooking zones of a CERAN® cooktop panel.
The technology behind the innovation is by no means trivial. The trick is in understanding how the glass-ceramic transmits light. Though in principle the material is translucent, it actually works like a filter. “Red-light displays are easy to implement since the light spectrum is very similar to that of infrared,” explains Marketing Director Björn Weller. Currently, SCHOTT already offers a solution which allows a white-light display under a black glass-ceramic cooktop panel. “We achieved this by brightening the glass-ceramic on the respective areas and then placing a color compensation filter underneath it”, says Weller.
This design diversity is even enhanced by CERAN CLEARTRANS®, a glass-ceramic specifically for induction stoves that comes with a special feature: it is transparent, allowing for even better design options.