FIBER OPTIC LIGHTING SYSTEMS OFFER UNIQUE DESIGN FLEXIBILITY. THE SAFETY ASPECT OF NO HEAT OR ELECTRICITY IN THE LIT CABLE PROVIDES DESIGN AND INSTALLATION OPPORTUNITIES NOT AVAILABLE WITH TRADITIONAL LIGHTING. IN MANY CASES, VERY SMALL FIXTURES CAN BE INSTALLED IN AREAS NOT ACCESSIBLE BY STANDARD LIGHTING FIXTURES. CABLES CAN BE INSTALLED INDOORS, OUTDOORS, UNDERWATER OR IN CONCRETE AND DECORATIVE FIXTURESADD A CREATIVE FLAIR TO THE VERSATILITY OF FIBER OPTIC LIGHTING.
Linear Runs: When a run of cable requires more than one illuminator, space the illuminator?s evenly to assure an evenly lit run.
Source Isolation: A term used to describe the illuminator when it is hidden or mounted away from the lighted path of the fiber optics, as behind a wall. The remote mounting of an illuminator can reduce noise pollution from the fan and/or stepper motor option, it also allows for ventilation of the power source.
Ambient Light: Always take note of existing or potential ambient light that may fall on the visible run of the fiber optics. As ambient light tends to ?wash out? colors, use white light in high ambient light conditions.
Bend Radius A 1 and 1/2 inch bend radius will allow for even color intensity. A tighter radius may cause a bright spot. Multiple tight bends may cause a dim linear run.
Fiber Head Capacity: The fiber head holds the fibers in position at the illuminator. The maximum number of individual strands varies depending on the illuminator and fiber size. Side glow fiber is available with 42, 84 or 126 strands, and in most cases both ends of the fiber cable will need to terminate at the illuminator. Reducers inserted into the back of the fiber head will hold the fibers if a smaller number of fibers than the minimum allowed are used.
Location Listing: Illuminators are all UL, cUL and CE listed for dry and wet locations. The fiber optic cable may be used either indoors or outdoors and is UV protected, as well as algaecide and fungicide treated.
Side Glow Cable Length: Side glow cable?s maximum recommended length is 100 feet (30 meters), with both ends terminating at an illuminator.
End Glow Runs: End Glow runs can stretch as far as 100 feet (30 meters). For distances over 40 feet (12 meters), multiple fixtures should be used with the same cable length to maintain a consistent light output.
1. Dimensions are critical. Length cannot be added once the cable is cut.
2. Make sure there is adequate ventilation for the illuminator. Check local building codes, and the specifications for each illuminator.
3. Light colored surfaces are desirable for mounting the cable. However, dark backgrounds provide good contrast where there are high ambient light levels.
4. If there are multiple illuminators that require synchronization, remember to provide access for control cable wiring between the illuminators.
5. Typically under normal circumstances, 60 feet of Side glow cable can be installed per hour.
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