Fiber Optic Lighting - Some Quick Facts
Fiber Optic Lighting
Fiber optic lighting is mainly used in museums as display lighting, but it is becoming popular for creating unusual light effects in the home. However it is expensive which is why it is not more widely used. Fixtures are available in different colors with varying special effects.
Fiber optic lights emit no UV and no heat which makes them ideal for lighting display exhibits in museums or for instance archaeological sites such as ancient caves or tombs because they do not cause any damage.
Recent developments have led to more options of fiber optic lighting being available for home use. Strictly speaking, fiber optic cables are not the source of the light, this is located at a remote source. Fiber optic fixtures use a halogen light source with a special reflector to focus the light at the end of glass fibers sheathed in black. The light is transmitted down the tube and reflected at the end. This gives it the advantage of being easy to maintain. Because it transmits light rather than electricity it is safer to use.
One way that fiber optic lighting can be used in the home is to create a starry sky effect which looks amazing in a bedroom. Fiber optic lights can be used as bedroom lights which give a precise beam for reading by in bed without disturbing your partner. A single light source is used to transmit light down multiple glass tubes. DIY fiber optic kits are available for home installation.