Have you ever wanted to have lighting in an area that the code just won't allow? Around the inside edge of your pool or perhaps inside on the walls of a whirlpool enclosure or some other wet location. Maybe you have some artwork that you would like to illuminate but your afraid that the heat from the light source may damage the artwork. There is a solution for all these problems and so many more, fiber optic lighting. With fiber optics light is carried from a remote source through a cable to an end point. At the point the light is used there is no heat, no EMF's and no dangerous electric current.
Fiber optic lighting is basically made up of three different components. One is the light source or illuminator. This is a unit with a light bulb, which is usually metal halide or halogen. This unit has one bulb that may be able to light as many as 200 fixtures or end points. The second component is the cable, which carries the light from the light source to the fixture. In some cases the cable itself can be side light emitting. The third component is the end light source, which can be a fixture of some type. One of the great advantages of fiber optic lighting is the energy savings.
The uses for fiber optic lighting are only limited to your imagination. One of its many uses is to create a starlight ceiling. It can be used very effectively for cove lighting and even under cabinet lighting in a kitchen. One drawback to fiber optic lighting at the present time is the cost. It is by no means a cheap product and is labor intensive as well. Even a small installation can cost between $500-$1000, but it is truly unique in look and can be placed in locations most lighting cannot. Cost savings in electric used is another factor. In a commercial application this can be considerable and may equal a return that makes it well worthwhile as an alternative light source.
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