There are two types of Fiber Optics cable: Side glow and End Glow. Side glow cable is a side [light] emitting cable composed of several individual strands of PMMA acrylic fibers (also referred to as plastic fiber optic) covered by a clear PVC coating. Side glow is available in a wide range of diameters and in several models. The fiber strands inside the cable are twisted around a reflective center core. End glow cable is an end [light] emitting cable that uses the same PMMA acrylic strands as side glow except its straight fiber strands are covered in an opaque black or white PVC jacket. End point fiber is the raw fiber sold in individual strands by the spool. Light emits primarily from the end, however light can be observed emitting from the side as well. We offer many fixtures or light outlets that attach to the end of the cable providing both a mounting system for the cable fixture and a decorative or functional lighting system.
Why use Fiber Optic Cable? Fiber optic cable is an excellent alternative to neon and other traditional lighting products but without any electricity in the cable itself. By using a color filter or color wheel in the illuminator, the cable, fiber ends or fixtures can change color. The cable emits little or no heat making it ideal for applications where electricity / heat is a concern such as wine racks, display cases, and in or around water. Fiber optic cable is energy efficient.
Where can I use Fiber Optic Cable? Just about anywhere you like. Because there is little or no heat in the cable and no electricity, your options are wide open. The outer jacket of the cable has UV inhibitors, algaecides, and fungicides to further protect it in the environment.
When do I use Fiber Optic Cable? Use fiber optics when you require a safe and energy efficient lighting system that has the ability to change color and is able to fit in an area that a traditional lighting system cannot fit. It can be used for signs, building outlines, cove lighting, to illuminate architectural fixtures, swimming pool perimeters, underwater lighting, landscape lighting and so on.
Who uses Fiber Optic Cable? The Pepsi Globe in Caracas, Venezuela uses over 7 kilometers of the side glow cable. Major theme parks, corporations, sign companies and homeowners who illuminate their pools all use fiber optic lighting. Once you discover the magical world of fiber optics, you will begin to see it almost everywhere.
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