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"This is a predictive tool I've used: There are goals we've sought for ten thousand years, and we'll go on seeking them. Instant transport and travel, immortality (or at least longevity and miracle cures.), instant learning "
- Larry Niven

Lighting Panel  
  A large panel that presents illumination without heat.  

The elder man looked up and saw, suspended from the ceiling, a grey screen, about the size and shape of the top of a card table. Then Mary Lou threw a switch. The screen glowed brilliantly, but not dazzlingly, and exhibited a mother-of-pearl iridescence. The room was illuminated by strong white light without noticeable glare.

"...One hundred candle power - that'd take a hundred watts with ordinary bulbs, and we're doing it with two watts..."

"Look, Dad - do you know what that screen up there is made out of? Common, ordinary clay. It's a form of aluminum silicate; cheap and easy to make..."

From Let There Be Light, by Lyle Monroe.
Published by Super Science Stories in 1940
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Compare to illuminum from Altered Carbon (2003) by Richard Morgan, wall-light from Foundation and Empire (1952) by Isaac Asimov and fluor strips from Sacred Martian Pig (1949) by Margaret Saint Clair.

Thanks to Secret Master of Fandom for the tip on this item.

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