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The Fundamental Principles Of Fiber Optic Lighting
Fiber optics, simply, is a means for transporting information from one point to another utilizing the form of light. Fiber optics is not electrical in nature, but rather functions using fiber optics light energy signals that operate within a cable system, transporting pieces of information from one end of the cable system to the other. In short, the light is the vehicle through which the information flows in the cable system.
Fiber optics are strands of pure glass that are as thin as human hair. These strands of glass carry digital information over long distances and are used in all sorts of activities, most commonly telephone calls and cable TV transmissions. Fiber optics also transmit light signals through the strand. This light travels through the core of the fiber optic bundle with a principle called “total internal reflection.” This brief article will discuss total internal reflection and hopefully shed some illumination on the concept of fiber optics light.
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Total Internal Reflection
Total internal reflection is known as an “optical phenomenon.” It occurs when light is bent (or refracted) at a boundary enough to send it backwards, which ends up reflecting all of the light, hence the name. Optical fibers operate based entirely on this principle, as do mirages. A mirage is an optical phenomenon in which light refracts or bends to such a great degree that a displaced image is visible in the distance. A mirage is comparable to a mirror, as is the general effect of total internal reflection.
Enhanced Exterior Lighting With Fiber Optic Outdoor Lighting
One of the biggest advantages of fiber optic outdoor lighting is the lack of electricity running through the house. Fiber optics are run from the light source to the end of the run. There is no electric power to create the potential for short circuits or fire and no heat involved, which is especially safe when running the optical cable through wall or under water.
In addition to lower installation and maintenance costs spread over five years, fiber optic outdoor lighting offers the added benefit of being able to change colors in an instant. Most are tested in extreme hot and cold weather and can provide lighting options usually not available in some areas of your outdoor entertaining areas.
Lighting a water fountain in an outdoor pond or the spray from a vertical pump is simpler with fiber optic outdoor lighting and the color choice can easily be made and can change with the seasons. Imagine being able to change the color of your fountain to an alternating red and green for Christmas and to a red, white and blue theme for the Fourth of July. Your home can be the envy of the neighborhood with the options available with fiber optic outdoor lighting.
Features Affect Satisfaction With Fiber Optics
Compared to neon lighting, fiber optic lighting can cost as much as $1600.00 more for neon for a standard installation for outdoor light compared to fiber optic outdoor lighting. There is also the cost of electricity, which neon will use about three times as much as fiber optics on a monthly basis. Additionally, fiber optic outdoor lighting can be used around water and has the capability of changing colors, features lacking in neon light installations.
Powering neon systems also requires a run of electrical wiring that emits heat and electricity in the run, not present in fiber optic systems. Fiber optics also has no high voltage in the system and no liability issues in the even of a break. Neon lights can leave broken glass on surfaces in addition to the release of the inside glass. That problem does not exist with fiber optic outdoor lighting.
Installation of fiber optic outdoor lighting should be well thought out as placement near bright sunlight or ambient lighting from other sources can make the light appear washed out and nearly invisible. The color of the light you choose can also help with it visibility and the length of different cables running from the same light source can affect the brightness of each strand.